Grand Jury Award Outfest
for his role as Pike Dexter in Big Eden
Big Eden (2000) is a gay-themed romantic drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. It won awards from several gay and lesbian film festivals, and was nominated for best limited release film at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2002. The film stars Arye Gross as Henry Hart, a successful gay artist from New York City who returns to his Montana hometown to care for his ailing grandfather. While at home, Henry is forced to confront his unresolved feelings for high school friend Dean Stewart (Tim DeKay), while simultaneously beginning to fall in love with Pike Dexter (Eric Schweig), the shy Native American owner of the town’s general store. A central issue of the plot and dialogue is the notable lack of homophobia.
Outfest is an LGBT-oriented film showcase and festival in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1982 as the “Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference”.
American Indian Film Festival San Francisco
Winner, Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sam George in One Dead Indian
One Dead Indian is a canadian TV drama by Tim Southam. A tragic 1995 incident whose aftermath reverberated from Dudley George’s family and community to the halls of Queen’s Park. On September 4, 1995, Stoney Point Natives entered Ipperwash Provincial Park, near Sarnia, Ontario and began a peaceful protest aimed at reclaiming a traditional burial ground. Within 72 hours, one of the protestors, Dudley George, was dead, shot by an OPP officer wielding a machine gun.
The American Indian Film Festival is an annual non-profit film festival in San Francisco. It is the world’s oldest venue dedicated to Native American films and prepared the way for the 1979 formation of the American Indian Film Institute.
Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University
Nipissing University, established in 1967, is a public liberal arts university located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, on a 720-acre (290 ha) site overlooking Lake Nipissing. The university’s unique character is defined by its location in Northern Ontario, and a large and highly respected faculty of education.
2011 / 2016
Leo Awards Nominee
for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
for his role as Andy Fraser in Blackstone.
Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes. This raw, authentic drama tells the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its Chief and Council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create lasting and substantial change. “Blackstone is relevant and relational in an Aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general,” said Ron E. Scott, who created, wrote, directed and executive produced the series.
The Leo Awards are the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry, celebrating excellence in artistic achievement. Held each May (or June) in Vancouver, Canada, the Leo Awards honour nominees and winners in 13 program categories and up to 19 craft categories.