Greg has worked extensively in the Native community over the last thirty years as an award-winning writer and film-maker, and as a teacher. Greg has consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, produced programming for most of the major networks in Canada. He currently teaches documentary production techniques at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
After attending Yale University on a hockey scholarship and graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Greg was pursuing a career in geology/glaciology when his life’s path took a serious detour. In 1982 he landed a principal role in the feature film, Running Brave, a dramatized biography of Billy Mills, a Lakota Sioux who won the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Olympics. Greg was cast as silver medal winner Mohammed Gamouhdi from Tunisia! This quirk of casting began his extensive career in the film and television business.
Once bitten by the film bug, Greg got behind-the-camera experience on some of the biggest films to come out of western Canada during the 1980s, including My American Cousin and Life After Hockey. He then became a member of the DGC, and concentrated on both locations & AD work on feature-length projects. Next, Greg partnered with Gil Cardinal at Great Plains Productions, where he worked as a writer & director on the ground breaking Native doc series, My Partners, My People. Through the
90’s Greg also worked in the roles of producer and writer/director on a number of award winning feature-length documentaries, including Our Home and Native Land, and Learning With Love. He was also the co-creator and executive producer of All My Relations, the first nationally broadcast Native news magazine series for CBC television in Vancouver.
In 2000, along with his partners at Storytellers Productions, Coyes created and co-produced the multi-award-winning, Stories from the Seventh Fire, an animated and live action, family series featuring the art of Norval Morrisseau. His 2002 NFB documentary film, How the Fiddle Flows, followed the historic path of Metis music up Canada’s great river systems from the Gaspe coast to the Rocky Mountains. And his hour-long pilot, entitled Medicine Walker, a travel documentary exploring the First Nations knowledge of and profound relationship with the land, won for both outstanding direction and editing at IMAGnation 2004 in Vancouver.
From 2006 through 2010 he produced and directed two documentary series for APTN. Chiefs and Champions (6×30 mins) focused on athletes and leadership, and The Mix (52x 30 mins), featured contemporary Aboriginal music. He followed this with his most ambitious television project to date, LIVE from the HUNDRED YEARS CAFÉ (8 x 60 mins). This multi-camera examination of musical collaboration was nominated for Best Music & Variety Program at both the Yorkton Film Festival and the 2104 Banff Media Festival, and won that award at Yorkton.
Currently, Greg is directing the 7 x 30 minute biography series, ALL OUR RELATIONS, for Aarrow Productions, to be broadcast on APTN in 2016, and serving on the board of the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals (AAMP).
Greg is Metis with Cree, Mohawk, French, Scottish, Polish, and Czech ancestry. He is a member of the L’Hirondelle family from west of St. Albert Alberta. His films explore the Native experience and seek to build bridges between communities and cultures. He is a guitar player and songwriter, and the proud father of two boys, Sam and Jackson.