ordan Waunch is a Vancouver based Métis performing artist, public speaker, and emerging filmmaker. A graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Film And Television Production Program, Jordan has gone on to build a career as a professional camera operator and casting associate at the Vancouver based casting facility Studio 3 Media. At the studio he helps to cast films, TV shows, and commercials. Outside of work he continues to write, direct, and produce his own on-line media and collaborates on independent film productions in town; most recently casting the Hammer & Tong produced VR project “The Wetigo” and directing the StoryHive funded “Sisters Of Sorrow” a short film which was his directorial debut and is a project that was awarded funding under Telus StoryHive’s first ever Indigenous Filmmakers Edition. “Sisters of Sorrow” premiered at the ImagineNative Film Festival this past October, followed by a screening at the Whistler Film Festival last December, and was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Fest in France this past February 2020.
The film was recently nominated for a LEO for “Best Editing” and two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton International Film Festival for best “Indigenous Short Film” and “Best Emerging Filmmaker”.
His current project is an Indigenous Elder’s language workshop funded through the Indigenous Screen Office/Netflix; the initiative is set to explore the use of language and protocols in Indigenous storytelling in Film & TV. This language workshop is the first steps towards developing a larger series concept entitled “From The Shadows” an Indigenous based supernatural horror anthology series which has gained grant funding from APTN and the Bell Fund. While attending his studies at BCIT Jordan was an active student peer mentor, Vice-President of the BCIT Indigenous Cultural Club, and an apprentice Fire-keeper for BCIT’s on campus traditional Sweat Lodge. Through BCIT’s Indigenous Services Department Jordan hosted several media presentations while attending school and was asked back as an alumni to emcee the 2017 & 2018 BCIT Indigenous Convocation Honouring Ceremonies. These experiences have lead to a career in public speaking at Indigenous youth events, highlights include emceeing Gathering Our Voices 2019 in Port Alberni, hosting the 2018 Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective forum in Squamish, and facilitating several online youth workshops on behalf of Métis Nation BC throughout the 2020 pandemic.
On the opposite end of the camera Jordan is a graduate of the Capilano University Acting For The Stage And Screen Program. As a performing artist he has been involved in such stage productions as The Lamentable Tragedy of Sal Capone,The Little Shop of Horrors, Three Sisters, Tony &Tina’s Wedding, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His involvement in the production of Sal Capone began with an opening in Montreal in 2013 followed by a Vancouver remount in 2014, a second remount in 2016 with shows in North Vancouver and Whitehorse; and a third remount in April 2018 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. As well look for Jordan’s acting work in various film, voice-over, and television productions such as: APTN’s Animism The God’s Lake, The College Admissions Scandal, The Abduction Of Mary Stauffer, Menendez: Blood Brothers, Britney Ever After, Almost Human, and Guardians of the Power Masks.
Jordan was a also a recent artist-in-residence at the Skwachàys Healing Lodge, a Vancouver based Indigenous artist co-op, hotel, and art gallery created by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. This life changing experience helped to push his work in a new direction and connected him with an ever growing community of Indigenous artists that he continues to collaborate with.