Kelvin Redvers

Redvers

Growing up in a small town in the Northwest Territories, Hay River, Kelvin Redvers struggled against many small-town pressures, but with a video camera in his hands, found the world was suddenly open. Kelvin won his first international film award for a short film he made at age 16, and is now a multiple award winning Aboriginal filmmaker and television producer.

At the age of fifteen, with a newly bought small family camcorder, Kelvin rounded up family and friends for small movie projects he imagined... While doing this, his father noticed Kelvin's passion and skill, and helped him apply for a loan/grant from the government. Kelvin started a small video production company, Crosscurrent Productions, and was able to purchase quality video and editing equipment. Producing videos for businesses and Aboriginal bands around the north, Kelvin was able to pay off the loan, and fund his own short films made during high school.

The short films he worked on as a teenager in Hay River, NWT soon went on to win national and international awards in Canada and around the world. Awards were won at festivals in California, Florida, Winnipeg, and as far away as Austria... He even won a trip to Long Island New York for a glitzy awards ceremony at the Hamptons International Film Festival, winning the Golden Starfish for Best Young Videomaker for his film "Sheep."

After high school, Kelvin attended Simon Fraser University for filmmaking, where his short narrative projects and Aboriginal documentaries continued to have success at film festivals in Canada and around the world (for example, winning "Best Film in the Drama Category" at the International Student Film Festival, or the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival). He found great pleasure in doing more work that reflected his Aboriginal heritage. Upon graduating, for his academic and extra-curricular excellence, Kelvin was awarded the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal by SFU, the most prestigious award available to any student at the school, offered only once a year.

Three months after graduating, Kelvin was hired on as a producer/director on the television show First Story at CTV British Columbia, an Aboriginal current affairs show, where he began to produce half hour episodes. His episodes almost instantly gained recognition. His first episode produced for the show, "Black Blood - Tainted Land, Dying Caribou" was awarded the RTNDA Trina McQueen Award for Best News Information Program in British Columbia, as well, it has been named a finalist for the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health and Environment. Additionally, his episode "Death of a Carver" has been named a Jack Webster finalist for Best Feature Story in television.

Kelvin's goals for the future are the keep promoting the projects he has spent much time on, in addition to beginning preparation on his first feature film, which is very near in the future.

 

Films by Kelvin Redvers