Lorne Cardinal, best known as Sgt. Davis Quinton of Corner Gas fame, has been appointed the UBC Film Production Program’s first “Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence”.
The position is awarded through the Film Production Program’s Rogers Multicultural Film Production Project. Established in 2010, the project aims to bring in one globally recognized filmmaker annually to work with students in the program. During his residency, Cardinal will meet with students, present a public lecture, and teach a master class for film students across the Lower Mainland.
“I love helping young filmmakers, young actors, young directors,” said Cardinal on his new position. “I’ve learnt a few things over the years, and if somebody wants to get into the business I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learnt and give my opinions on things, so it’s a good mix.”
Prior to his engagement at UBC, Cardinal starred in numerous films and television shows. He has also hosted the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, National Aboriginal Day, The Dreamcatchers Gala, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He has won two Gemini Awards for Wapoos Bay and Corner Gas, as well as multiple nominations for his acting work.
Cardinal will work closely with Dwayne Beaver, the newly appointed Rogers Teaching Fellow, on an inaugural course in the Film Production Program. In this course, students will learn film production skills and create digital films with a First Nations focus. In the final showcase, students will get to screen their work and engage in dialogue with the public.
“Dwayne and I directed on a [television] series, but we’ve never worked with each other, so I’m really looking forward to it, because he’s really quite a great director,” said Cardinal.
Aside from directing, Beaver is also a writer and producer for feature films, television, and animation. He has been a guest lecturer at universities and film festivals across Canada, and is currently an adjunct professor in the Capilano University Indigenous Independent Filmmakers program.