Filmmaker Kelvin Redvers.547 likes · 103 talking about this...
Kelvin Redvers is a First Nations filmmaker born and raised in Hay River NWT. At 15 with a loan/grant from the government he started a video production company, Crosscurrent Productions. Since then, his films have gone on to win numerous national and international awards at film festivals all over the world. Most recently his short film The Dancing Cop has been accepted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will have its world premiere there. He's worked two seasons as a producer/director on CTV First Story, a one of a kind Aboriginal current affairs news doc show on CTV BC, airing Sundays at 5pm.
Kelvin's episodes for First Story have gone on to win prestigious journalism awards in British Columbia. In 2010, Black Blood; Tainted Land, Dying Caribou won a Jack Webster Award for Best in Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, as well as an RTDNA Trina McQueen Award for Best News Information Program in BC.. Recently his episode Death of a Carver won also the 2011 RTDNA Trina McQueen Award for Best News Infomation Program in BC. Bio- http://bc.ctvnews.ca/about-us/team-bios/kelvin-redvers-1.873779
Some of his notable films and achievements are as follows:
"Sheep" a 35 minute long film started at age 16 in Hay River went on to win the Golden Starfish Award for Best Young Videomaker at the Hamptons International Film Festival in Long Island New York. Was flown out, and put up for three days for the glitzy award ceremony.
"The Making of a Haida Totem Pole" broadcast nationwide on TV on the station Bravo. As well, this documentary is installed and permanently on loop at the Vancouver International Airport.
Attended Simon Fraser University on scholarship, in the film program, and upon graduation was awarded the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal, the most prestigious award available to any student.
Named as one of ten young filmmakers to watch out for by local Vancouver newspaper The Georgia Straight
Some of Kelvin's films ("A Look at the Life of Morgan Green" "The Making of a Haida Totem Pole" "Sheep" and "Firebear Called Them Faith Healers") are distributed by Moving Images Distribution and have been purchased by many organizations all across Canada and even into the US.
Recent short film "Kid's Court" screened internationally at the International Jugend Film Festival in Austria, and screened and won an award at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood.
Two documentaries Kelvin worked on are now in permanent archive at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC (part of the Smithsonian Institute).
"Firebear Called Them Faith Healers" a story collaboration with internationally acclaimed novelist Richard Van Camp, won "Best Fictional Production" at the Canada Student Film Festival in Montreal, and won the "Rising Star Award for Excellence in Filmmaking" at the Canada International Film Festival.
Firebear also screened at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto Ontario, the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and in Stuttgart Germany as a part of the North American Native Film Festival.
Kelvin was commissioned by the Knowledge Network to direct three short pieces about different heroes in BC who are helping keep Aboriginal languages alive ("Lullaby" "Ts'ak" and "Sister Sam." Watch out for them on the Knowledge Network! Will be on loop between programs)
Film "Simple Pleasures" won "Top in Category" at the International Youth Film Festival in Tirol, Austria (grade 12).
Second year group film at SFU "Playing Cards" won Best Film in the Drama Category at the International Student Film Festival in Santa Barbara California.
Documentary "A Look at the Life of Morgan Green" was also screened at the North American Native Film Festival in Germany, and at festivals in Montreal, northern Ontario, Wales, and Vancouver (Third Place overall at the Vancouver Student Film Festival). Also, was awarded Most Promising Filmmaker at the Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival on Vancouver Island.
Another high school film with success was "Six," winning Best International Film at the Westport Youth Film Festival and "Judges Favorite" at the International Student Media Festival in Florida.
Won "Best Film Overall" at the NSI National Exposure Movie Contest in Winnipeg for "Warp Zone" (2007) (in 2006 won Best Film from Western Canada and Best Director for "The Violent Comedy;" in 2005 won Best Film Under 18 and Best Screenplay for "unsensical")
Plans on making movies for the rest of this life...
A very proud Chipewyan :)
Well! This morning I was up bright and early and did an interview with Aamer Haleem on CTV Morning Live about The Dancing Cop. They showed some clips, and we talked what TIFF is all about, check out the interview here! Was a good time... http://bc.ctvnews.ca/aboriginal-filmmaker-gets-a-big-break-1.94061010