This year’s recipient of The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence is Cree actor Lorne Cardinal.
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival presents the annual award to an actor whose work celebrates the spirit and commitment that Schellenberg showed over the course of his career.
With more than 100 film, television, and stage credits on his resume, Cardinal has played everything from historical figures like Tecumseh’s brother Loud Noise, to the good-natured Sergeant Davis on Corner Gas.
Cardinal said the award’s namesake, Schellenberg, “left an indelible mark in my life,” and he “was lucky to call him a friend and a mentor.”
The two had the opportunity to work together a number of times over the years on projects like Lonesome Dove, Crazy Horse, and a stage version of King Lear.