Originally from Peguis First Nation, Pete Kolopenuk (Swampy Cree) is a talented and ambitious Indigenous Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Editor, Drone Pilot and Writer based in Regina, Saskatchewan. After lengthy careers in both the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Oilfields, Pete boasts a deep appreciation of the industry and a relentless work ethic. Pete's Military Career consisted of two deployments to Europe '06 and Afghanistan '08 with the First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
Pete began filmmaking while serving on tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Filming videos while in combat inspired Pete to continue down the filmmaking path which has led to a fulfilling career and the birth of One Five Five Films. Pete has travelled to over 30 countries and has a broad range of filmmaking styles. He is currently working on a variety of projects spanning across many genres and formats with National Broadcasters, Film Productions and Documentary work with several Indigenous Nations.
Pete has extensive experience from working on the set of several Motion Pictures, Documentaries, contract work with government organizations, Equity Firms, First Nations and small businesses. Pete has an RPAS (Drone) License and registration along with training from The University of Regina and Saskpolytech in Media Production.
CEO - Wow Factor Media
I’ve known Pete for most of my life, when he moved back to Saskatchewan, we started doing video work together. I would definitely recommend him. He’s fantastic and great to work with! Pete’s biggest asset is how he treats customers. He always treats them well, they’re always comfortable and he over-delivers. He’s got a great business and I look forward to seeing him succeed in the future.
Producer - Echolands Creative
Pete was amazing to work with on Cagefighter : Worlds Collide. He was a great asset to the camera department. His calm demeanor and technical aptitude elevated everyone around him and the entire production. He is talented, dependable, collaborative and is easily recommendable. I look forward to working more closely with Pete on our future projects.
Producer - Scrappycat Productions
I met Pete on the set of Cagefighter. Pete was hardworking, a great team player and was even recognized with a promotion. Since the film, Pete and I have begun working together. I am producing his exciting 6-part documentary piece “Athena’s Cowboys”. Pete is a pleasure to do work with, easy to talk too, hardworking and creative. I look forward to seeing Pete grow as a filmmaker and watching our projects on the big screen!