Published Friday, May 4, 2012 3:27PM PDT
Kelvin Redvers - First Story
Kelvin Redvers is a multiple award-winning Aboriginal filmmaker and television producer. Born and raised in the small town of Hay River in the Northwest Territories, he started his career while still in high school, doing projects on various Aboriginal topics for local First Nations. At the age of 15 Redvers started a video production company called Crosscurrent Productions. In his spare time, he made fictional short films with his classmates that went on to win national and international awards at film festivals around the world.
Attending Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on full scholarship, Redvers continued film work on both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal topics, continually achieving success at film festivals in Canada and abroad. At age 21 Redvers had his first broadcast credit when "The Making of a Haida Totem Pole" aired nationwide on Bravo! Canada. Two projects Redvers worked on are also on archive at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Redvers graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA, major in film production and was awarded the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal, the most prestigious award available to any student at SFU.
After the successful project "Our First Voices" for the Knowledge Network, Redvers was hired on as a producer on the acclaimed Aboriginal current affairs show CTV First Story, where the first episode he produced, "Black Blood," went on to win the prestigious Jack Webster Award for best in B.C. journalism in the category of Science, Environment, Technology and Health. The same episode also went on to win the RTDNA Trina McQueen Award for Best News Information Program in B.C., and his episode "Death of a Carver" won the same award the following year.
He has recently finished a Bravo!FACT short film called "The Dancing Cop," and is beginning to work on his first feature film. He always makes time to return home to N.W.T. for hunting, fishing and taking part in traditional activities, staying true to his Chipwyan roots.