May 24 - June 4 in Merritt and Nicola Valley
Directed by BC’s Got Talent Spotlight Winner Allan Hopkins.
Indian Road Trip, a Telefilm Micro-budget comedy directed, produced and written by Allan Hopkins will be in production in Merritt and the Lower Nicola Valley, BC May 24 – June 4. Hopkins was awarded the Whistler Film Festival’s BC’s Got Talent Spotlight last year, and was accepted into the Festival’s Aboriginal Filmmaker’s Fellowship program in 2015 with his original 10 page script. From there, the Adam Beach Film Institute invited him to submit the project to the Telefilm Micro-budget program. Hopkins then developed the script into a feature length comedy, which was accepted by the Whistler Film Festival’s Praxis Screenwriters Lab in 2016.
Indian Road Trip is inspired by Allan’s experience as a young man growing up on the Reserve. The lead actors are: Ajuawak Kapashesit (Hank Crow-Eyes), one of the leads in another new BC feature, Indian Horse; Paul C. Grenier (Cody Kidd), who starred in the APTN series Blackstone; and Dale Hunter (Hetta Yellow-Fry) in her first feature film role. Indian Road Trip also stars: Miki Whiskey Jack (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) as Precious Crow-Eyes; Evan Adams (Smoke Signals, Arctic Air) as Casper; and Jordyn White as Katie (Blackstone).
InIndian Road Trip, two restless and unruly young Native men are forced to drive a cranky elder across the reserve so she can make peace with her dying sister. It quickly becomes clear that a supernatural force is trying to halt the journey. On the slowest road trip in movie history, the young men learn that life on the Rez is more thrilling and dangerous than they ever imagined.
Producer/Writer/Director Allan Hopkins is a member of the N’quatqua First Nation, northeast of Vancouver in Lil’wat traditional territory. He has worked as a TV journalist, producer, and field director, most notably on CTV’s First Story series. Hopkins won the Jack Webster Award for Best Television News Feature in 2014, the Radio and Television News Director’s Award for Best News Information Program 2013, and the Radio and Television News Director’s Adrian Clarkson Diversity Award. He was also selected for the Writers Guild of Canada, Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program in 2012.
The Executive Producer for Indian Road Trip is Andrew Currie (Fido), Co-Producer: Mise’l Abram, Director of Photography: Vincent de Paula, and Line Producer: Patti Poskitt, and ArtDirector/Production Designer: Doreen Manuel.
The film is produced with the participation of the Telefilm Micro-budget Program, with support from the Adam Beach Film Institute. Thanks for the support of Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Art, the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, and the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) program. Generous support from Panavision Canada, Pacific Backlot Services Inc, Red Eye Motion Pictures Inc., Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Second Son Productions, and Running Wolf Productions.