Mariel Belanger is of the Okanagan Nation, Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon.
In River Of Silence Mariel plays the lead character Helen.
Mariel describes herself as a multi-disciplinary artist dedicated to contributing in the Indigenous community. Mariel has completed a college diploma in Media and Communications Foundations. Mariel is a graduate of the Enowkin Centre’s National Aboriginal Professional Artists Training program where she received the First Year Media award, the Professionalism Award and Creative Writing Award for the NAPAT program. She directed two films which won at the Cowichan International Film Festival for “Best Documentary” (2008 Mothers Milk), “Most Promising Film Maker” and “Best Actor” (2007 Wayward Soul) As a member of the Ullus Collective, Mariel has created media instillations for Women in the Okanagan (2012) featuring Xixutem a story of revival, GeoTag Art featuring “A song for Tigerlily” and Picto Prophecy “Reminders for the People”.
The place where New Media and Ancient Knowledge meets has opened many new opportunities for Mariel to bring the stories of her people to life. Mariel, being a ‘hand’s on learner’ comes from the artistry her granny displayed when tanning hides and sewing buckskin gloves. Inspired by the digital messages from 1978 recordings Mariel’s passion lies in bringing those teachings of sustainability forward with new life for a new generation.
In the upcoming feature film, River Of Silence Stan will play Nathan, the father of Tanis and husband to Helen.
Roseanne Supernault is Cree / Metis who grew up in the East Prairie Metis Settlement in northern Alberta.
In the upcoming feature film, River Of Silence Roseanne will play the character of Tanis, daughter of Helen and Nathan.
Through her teens she spent vital extra-curricular hours dedicated to team sports, film acting workshops, and immersion in First Nations Culture. She was raised by her single father supported by a large extended family; her intrinsic ties to Metis Cree culture and value system is what keeps her balanced in her life and work. Roseanne is trained in Theatre, Film, and Television. She graduated from 4 years at Victoria School of the Arts an institution focused on not only the history of the arts, but the execution and constant immersion in the field; this is where she discovered her passion.
Recognizable from the APTN hit TV Series, “Blackstone,” where her haunting performance has garnered her several accolades to date; the historical, pre-contact epic, “Maina,” where she plays the title character, for which she received the Best Actress Award at American Indian Film Festival; and the groundbreaking Feature, “Rhymes For Young Ghouls,” by Jeff Barnaby, that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was named a TIFF Top 10. Both “Blackstone” and “Rhymes For Young Ghouls” have secured distribution in the US. Since then she has studied under various acting coaches, but mostly fostered her craft on Film/TV sets and on the stage. Her most recent stage performance in “Dreary and Izzy,” where she played a First Nations woman with FASD, has garnered her rave reviews from various critics.
In River Of Silence Duane will play Trevor, brother to Helen, uncle to Tanis.
Living in Vancouver for over 25 years Duane has been a performer for close to 20 of those years. His more recent work as an actor can be seen in the upcoming Leonardo Dicaprio epic period film, The Revenant, to be released Christmas 2015, where Duane plays Elk Dog the respected leader of his people. This year Duane also plays a lead character in an upcoming Canadian Independent feature film titled Sun At Midnight where he plays Alfred, a First Nations grandfather and hunter who is mauled by a bear while out on the land but survives with the help of his granddaughter.
Duane’s film credits include movies such as, but not limited to, Pathfinder, Scarlett Letter, A-Team and he has been featured in TV series such as Arctic Air, Blade, Good Night For Justice, The Collector, Supernatural, Davinci’s Inquest to name a few. Duane is also and accomplished stuntman who has enjoyed performing his own stunts and being a stunt double on many films and TV shows as well. He has also performed live on stage as an actor as well as a flute player.
Madelaine McCallum is originally from Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan.
In the film River Of Silence Madelaine will play the role of Kate who is the sister of Helen and aunt of Tanis.
Her life and work as an artist started with a focus on Métis dance however, she enjoys all forms of dance including Pow Wow, contemporary, and hip hop. Madelaine has performed in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 winter Olympics, many Aboriginal dance festivals across Canada as well as the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards as a back up dancer to pop artist Inez Jasper.
Madelaine’s work in acting began with a dance theatre piece called Cookin’ it up Metis. She has also toured with a play called “Beneath the Surface” produced by the theatre company Our Imagination. Her most recent success was in the short film called “The Nod” which was nominated for Best Short Film at the American Indian Film Festival. From her amazing experience filming “The Nod”, Madelaine caught the acting bug. She recently had a Principle Role in a student film called “Talking Circle” which is due to release this year.
Ava Galgani is a graduate from Michael Howard Studios’ conservatory in Manhattan (NYC). Ava appears in various television shows, short films, Theater productions, and commercials. Films she was cast in are featured in INternational festivals, notably: The Vancouver International Film Festival, The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, the Vimeo Festival and Awards, the World Film Festival in Montreal and the Guggenheim YouTube Play “Biennial of Creative Video”.
In River Of Silence Ava plays the role of ‘Angela’.