JESSICA MATTEN

ACTRESS. PRODUCER. INDIGENOUS.

 

01 about
 

Top 15 Rising Talent to Come Out of Canada" - The Hollywood Reporter, 2019

"One of Canada's Greatest Performances of 2020" - The Globe and Mail, John Doyle

"100 Greatest Moments of the Last 100 Years" - University of Alberta Alumni Magazine, 2020

Jessica has spent her whole life dedicated to helping move Indigenous communities forward. Over a span of 20 years, she has worked extensively with Indigenous people primarily all over Canada to help break cycles of intergenerational trauma. Her purpose within the film and TV industry is directly fueled by her philanthropic work dedicated to her people. A member of the Metis Nation of Canada, Jessica was traditionally raised by her mother who is of mixed Metis and Cree heritage. Many of Jessica’s involvement in the community has been a result of her upbringing, and always being actively involved with the many social and political issues at large. Jessica has a deeply rooted understanding what her people need to help heal with mental health, leadership and wellness within Native communities. She is of mixed race, living as both Native and having a father of mixed British and Chinese heritage. Living between two worlds has aided her journey of helping Indigenous youth struggling with identity (and also who are mixed race), racism, lateral violence, bullying, and displacement due to trauma, abuse, adoption, and many other factors.

Jessica stars opposite Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon in Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Graham Roland's produced "Dark Winds" television series with the AMC Network this 2022. 


Jessica is the star and Associate Producer of the new critically acclaimed Crime Drama "Tribal" Season 2 the on APTN Network.
Jessica stars in Season 3 of Discovery Canada & Netflix's TV show "Frontier" starring Jason Momoa. She also can be seen in the new CW Network and CBC drama alongside Kristin Kruek in "Burden of Truth". Jessica also can be seen in the upcoming comic adaptation movie "The Empty Man" for Disney/20th Century Fox studios. 

Jessica is one of the founding members of the first and only Indigenous Film and stunt combat academy in North America in partnership with Old Sun College out of Siksika Nation, Treaty 7, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

​The Indigenous Film Academy is a progressive, state-of-the-art, holistic educational environment for intense creative work, where emerging and aspiring First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists can effectively and successfully gain expertise and experience to establish the foundations of a professional film career.

 

 

 

She has an outstanding record of running workshops for Indigenous youth and  helping thousands of Indigenous people across North America.  This includes fostering their career goals, as well as working in wellness, fitness, suicide prevention, addictions and life changing ways of breaking cycles within families for a better future. She is an activist helping to  spread awareness globally on the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women in North America. All of this is her heart.

Jessica is the President of 7 Forward Entertainment, an Indigenous owned production company based out of the West Coast of Canada. She has multiple projects currently in development for film and television. 

Jessica also was the creator and founder of the first and only Indigenous Cree Wellness and Fitness magazine "Active Cree" distributed monthly to 60,000 people and 10 communities across the James Bay area throughout Northern Ontario. She is a guest speaker across North America, Asia and Europe promoting and spreading awareness on Indigenous issues. 

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Jess

02 portfolio

 
 

03 Media & Production

Film and Media: www.7forwardentertainment.com

 

04 contact

Fan Mail:

The Characters Agency 

 8 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1G7, Canada

+1 416-964-8522

For Business Inquiries

Los Angeles:

Kohner Agency 

+1 310 550 1060 

9300 Wilshire Blvd

Ste 555

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

USA