Shadow of Dumont Begins Production

Updated: May 4, 2020


Road Trip Documentary Follows Epic Journey of 19th Century Métis Hero

13 May 2019 (Saskatoon) – Production has begun on the historical biography “Shadow of Dumont”, a feature length documentary following the larger than life story of Métis war general and leader Gabriel Dumont, told on a road trip with his great great nephew – writer, director and comedian, Trevor Cameron.

The story begins as Trevor questions his connection to his Métis roots. Since the loss of his mother and becoming more caught up with the busy city life in Toronto, Trevor has never felt so culturally detached. As he looks to his family history and childhood hero, he discovers that he knows very little about Uncle Gabe outside of the textbook history of the 1885 Métis uprising in Saskatchewan. “Gabriel’s story is about a man who fought for Métis land and rights against an unjust system. A fight that still echoes today.” Trevor comments. “I want to learn more about the man’s life before and after the uprising to find out what remains of the legacy of Gabriel Dumont before it’s forgotten. We have to consciously build our culture. And we have to do it without losing our self and our humour.”

Trevor ventures out in “Le Petit”, his vintage camper van named after Dumont’s rifle. He travels through North America’s great plains., visiting the famous battle sites and homesteads of the Métis community around Saskatchewan, Montana, Manitoba and North Dakota. He follows Gabriel’s story from nomadic warrior and young leader of the Métis to war general, and renegade exiled in the U.S. after the uprising. A star in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show as a Canada’s outlaw rebel, Dumont toured across America, and eventually retired back to the community in Batoche Saskatchewan.

“Dumont was a hero for the Metis, indigenous and early white settlers alike who were all facing dispossession of their traditional lands and livelihoods,” producer Kelly Balon states, “Trevor’s personal connection, and comedic style offers a decolonized perspective of this history to celebrate a hero who has not received the recognition he deserves.” Producer Anand Ramayya adds, “I’m excited to see this film come to fruition and believe it’s a story that will bring people together and inspire Canadians of all backgrounds.”

Written and directed by Trevor Cameron, it is produced by Kelly Balon and Anand Ramayya, in association with Rogers Media, CityTV Saskatchewan, and financed by Canada Media Fund, Creative Saskatchewan, Rogers Documentary Fund, SaskTel Equity Fund and Canadian production tax credits. The film was developed with support from CityTV Saskatchewan, the Bell Fund, Creative Saskatchewan and the Canada Media Fund. With many credits in scripted animation and drama content, this is Trevor’s first documentary feature.

Follow Trevor and Uncle Gabe’s journey on Instagram and Facebook @ShadowOfDumont.

For more information and for media requests about "Shadow of Dumont," please contact: Kelly Balon 306-880-3363

For more information about the Creative Saskatchewan Feature Film Production Grant please contact: Craig Lederhouse 306-798-1291

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