Chaske Spencer as Wes in "Shouting Secrets," which opens the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival on Nov. 21.
The more youth we have trained, the more of a foothold we’ll get in this industry.
—Chaske Spencer, actor
Winnipeg girls get ready. This is your chance to get up close to one of the stars of The Twilight Saga.
Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley, the leader of the wolf pack is in the city for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film
Fresh off a whirlwind media tour to support Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Spencer is the keynote speaker for WAFF's youth education day.
"The more youth we have trained, the more of a foothold we'll get in this industry," said Spencer at a news conference. He added the difference between the U.S. and Canada is that Canada has its own Aboriginal television network, major radio stations and shows dedicated to telling Aboriginal stories, something the U.S. doesn't.
The 37-year-old Lakota Sioux actor also stars in the opening night premiere of Shouting Secrets, for which he won best actor at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. The feature film also stars Tantoo Cardinal who will be in attendance for the opening night. It is a story about a family's reunion in the event of the mother's sudden illness.
After working on a big studio film like Twilight (which had the 8th biggest U.S. opening weekend of all time with a $141.3 million debut), Spencer worked on the low-budget independent film saying that on indie films like Shouting Secrets you really get to develop your character. He said as an actor he felt like he was really taking a risk making it.
Films like Shouting Secrets "brings a conversation to the table that isn't always easy to talk about," said Spencer.
Other highlights of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival include:
Smoke Traders - a documentary on the First Nations tobacco industry from the Mohawk perspective.
More Than Frybread - according to WAFF it is "A hilariously entertaining documentary about the battle for frybread supremacy in Arizona."
Fight - by Winnipeg filmmaker Ervin Chartrand. It chronicles the lives of two young men trying to transform their lives through the world of boxing.
WAFF Awards will be handed out on November 23 for categories like best actor, best actress, best feature doc, and best no or low-budget film. The awards are co-presented by CBC Manitoba.
The Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival runs November 21-25 at the Garrick Centre.