Angel Gates is an emerging actress from Vancouver. Originally from Haida Gwaii, Angel moved to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she was twelve. Recently she has devoted herself to a career in acting: in 2014 she was a lead in the short film Luk’Luk’I : Mother and in 2015 she starred in the experimental dance film Balmoral Hotel, which garnered her a nomination for Best Actress in BC at the 2016 LEO Awards. Luk’Luk’I is her debut feature film and breakout performance.
Joe Dion Buffalo was born in Edmonton, Alberta but was raised in Maskwacis 'Hobbema', AB. After attending residential school as a youth, Joe traveled the world as a sponsored skateboarder for thirty years. Following in the footsteps of his First Nations grandfather and namesake, Joe Buffalo, Joe pursued a career in acting and was recently seen in Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer. For his performance Joe earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Luk’Luk’I is Joe’s second feature performance.
Ken Harrower is a professional actor from Toronto, ON. His parents left him in a dumpster when he was a baby. After growing up in a series of foster homes Ken ran away to Ontario at 18. Ken has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). Ken graduated from the Toronto Film School’s acting program and soon after was honoured with the *SAPPORO Short Fest’s Best Actor Award* for his resilient and breathtaking performance in Martin Edralin’s acclaimed 2014 short film Hole.
Eric Buurman is a non-actor from Vancouver, BC. Originally from Vancouver Island, Eric relocated to the mainland and started a family of his own following the tragic death of his father. He currently lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and works with school harm reduction programs. He has been a long time collaborator with director Wayne Wapeemukwa and is featured in the 2014 short film Luk’Luk’I : Mother (TIFF’14) and 2016 documentary Srorrim.
Angela Dawson, aka., Rollergirl is a Vancouver celebrity, icon and role model. For over 15 years Rollergirl has devoted her life to safety and women’s rights. In 2015 she won a human rights tribunal against the Vancouver Police Department for gender discrimination. To keep up with Rollergirl follow her prolific YouTube channel. Donating to her GoFundMe will help spread her message of safety and love around the world.
WAYNE WAPEEMUKWA - WRITER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR
Wayne Wapeemukwa is a filmmaker of Métis and settler heritage from Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast-Salish Territories). Luk’Luk’I is his debut feature film. His previous short works include Foreclosure (TIFF’13), Luk’Luk’I : Mother (TIFF’14), Balmoral Hotel (TIFF Top 10’15) and Srorrim (VIFF’16; Best Film – Dawson City Film Festival). He reads philosophy and psychoanalysis. View more at: http://www.thousandplateaus.com/
MATT DRAKE - PRODUCER/SOUND DESIGNER
Matt Drake is a film producer, post-production supervisor and sound designer based in Vancouver BC. With experience in multiple areas of film, Matt is able to offer a broad variety of skills in the markets of production and post production. His most recent credits include Luk’Luk’I (Wayne Wapeemukwa), Never Steady, Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn), and Public Schooled (Kyle Rideout) - All of which are having their World Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
SPENCER HAHN - PRODUCER
Spencer Hahn is a Canadian film and television producer, with production credits on shorts and television shows that have screened both nationally and internationally. Spencer is passionate about the nuts and bolts of film production, queer cinema, and the unique opportunities for creating content in a digital age. Luk’Luk’I is his first feature film.
JEREMY COX - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jeremy Cox is a cinematographer based in Vancouver, BC. His emerging body of work has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and many others. Working in 16mm, 35mm and digital formats across features, shorts and music videos, Jeremy's cinematography is defined by an exacting awareness of detail and style while remaining rooted within the tradition of realism.
SOPHIE JARVIS - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Sophie Jarvis is a founding member of Two Scenography, a production design partnership that has studios in Vancouver and Toronto. Their research-driven approach focuses on augmenting insight into character and story, as well as supporting the vision of the creative through the design and construction of narrative space. Jarvis is an alumni of the prestigious Berlinale Talents program, where she trained with the world-renowned designer Alex McDowell of the World Building Institute. Two has collaborated with award-winning directors across North America on shorts, features and music videos. Our commercial portfolio includes agencies like Noise Digital, Rethink, Madruk, and Boldly, as well as a broad range of clients.
DANIEL J.K. ROSS - COMPOSER
Daniel J. K. Ross is a multi-instrumental composer, songwriter, and music producer from Langley, BC. Although principally a guitarist, he has expanded his scores into the electronic realm and what he describes as "the unlimited possibilities of combining traditional elements with new approaches, to create hybrid scores that add guts and grace to film narrative." In addition to accumulating a lengthy list of film and television credits, Daniel has recently received a Leo award for his score for Srorrim (2015), a film by long time collaborator Wayne Wapeemukwa, and has recently completed production of a new release for recording artist Fear Of Houses.