Posted by: cherylyoung | August 22, 2012

Adam Beach says it doesn’t surprise him when people wonder why he’s moving to Vancouver Island

 

Adam Beach says it doesn’t surprise him when

people wonder why he’s moving to Vancouver

 Island.

The Los Angeles-based film star is one of

Hollywood’s most prolific aboriginal actors,

after all.

 

Noteworthy credits include his portrayals of

troubled soldier Ira Hayes in Clint Eastwood’s

Flags of Our Fathers, a Navajo code-talker

opposite Nicolas Cage in Windtalkers, Brooklyn

detective Chester Lake in Law and Order:

Special Victims Unit and Tommy Flute in HBO’s

Big Love.

And he’ll be in multiplexes again next summer

opposite Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Daniel

Craig and Keith Carradine in Cowboys & Aliens,

Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western about an Arizona

 landowner who teams with Apaches to battle

aliens.

 

The Manitoba-born Saulteaux native said

relocating to the Cowichan Valley and forming

 a creative partnership with producer Robin

Webb to make independent films through his

Bay Film Studios was a no-brainer.

“The big difference is with the [Bay] studio we’re

out to change people’s lives,” said Beach, who,

despite limping from a painful groin injury

incurred while shooting the new Hawaii Five-O TV

 series, was all smiles and characteristically

 playful.

 

“Working on a big-budget movie, you’re looking

to make a quick-buck blockbuster with

 entertainment value.”

 

Their partnership ignited when Beach signed to

play the Ojibway title character in Tommy Prince:

Prince of the Devils, his $11-million feature about

 his personal hero, the most decorated aboriginal

war veteran in Canadian history.

“I’ve been doing these heroic movies in the U.S.

and I think it’s time to profile us and honour and

respect how great our forces are,” said Beach,

noting First Nations youth desperately needs such

 a hero.

 

An aboriginal role model himself — he was

orphaned at age eight when his parents died in

separate accidents months apart — Beach hopes

to steer youths away from drugs, alcohol and

gang lifestyles through film production.

The actor, who plans on buying a home in

Cowichan next year, is also opening an acting

school and developing content “that offers the

 true perspective on who we are” from sitcoms

to pay-per-view events for his online TV channel

on Open Vision Networks.

 

Being here also lets him get in touch with his

spiritual side, added Beach, who attracted 3,000

onlookers to a traditional naming ceremony last

April when the Cowichan Nation gave him, his

daughter Phoenix, 2, and Webb aboriginal

names.

 

“Our culture and traditional values are my

foundation, and what better place to feel connected

than here?” asked the actor, saying he offers

tobacco to the ocean and sky, and prays and sings

after waking each morning in his rental home.

“It’s the perfect place for me. I feel like I’m in God’s

country.”

 

Beach, 38, got a step closer to fulfilling his dream

with the start of preproduction on Dating Dot Con,

Webb’s $2-million cautionary feature about

children lured by Internet predators.

 

“It caught his attention,” said Webb, who showed

Beach some scripts to consider before the Prince

project rolls next year.

Beach will play a vigilante cop who takes matters

into his own hands when four Internet predators

 can’t be tried because their teenaged victims

won’t report the crimes.

 

Victoria’s Beau Mirchoff co-stars as “the rotten

rich kid,” said Webb.

 

“No report, no crime. No crime, no justice,” said

the director with a background in production of

safety films and manuals.

An open casting call takes place Saturday from

9 to 2 at Bay Film Studios (6759 Considine Ave.,

 Maple Bay), with filming slated to start in

December in Victoria and Cowichan Valley, where

 a police station, hospital and school will be

 replicated at the Maple Bay studios.

Beach said Dating Dot Con typifies the kind of

project that uses the film industry as a tool to

change lives.

 

“Kids in school nowadays look to the Internet and

TV as a guide,” he says.

 

“We want to be the guys to give them a good

 perspective.”

mreid@timescolonist.com

For more information visit: www.bayfilmstudios.com

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