NWT Indigenous producer Kelvin Redvers launches ambitious new production company, IndigiFilm
The filmmaker garnered international attention for wearing Moccasins on the Cannes Red Carpet
For immediate release: Vancouver, BC – Kelvin Redvers, the veteran Indigenous producer/writer (Deninu Kųę́ First Nation Northwest Territories) is launching a new film and production company, IndigiFilm. The BC-based companywill focus on developing and producing scripted and unscripted projects in collaboration with international and Canadian creatives.
IndigiFilm has already completed filming on its first feature Cold Road, in partnership with Crave. The thriller was written and directed by Redvers. The story revolves around an Indigenous woman’s harrowing road trip to be with her dying mother in a remote northern First Nation. It was shot entirely in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Development at IndigiFilm will be led by industry veteran Neil Thomas, co-creator of the international hit series Highway Thru Hell and showrunner on Discovery Canada’s Mud Mountain Haulers (S1). Thomas launched his own factual television career more than 25 years ago with the Emmy Award winning documentary Battle of the X-Planes (PBS – Nova).
Mark Miller, co-founder of Great Pacific Media and the former president of Thunderbird Entertainment (Highway thru Hell, Air Show, Game of Homes) brings his years of experience to help advise, create and finance productions.
“Our goal is to produce bold content that will resonate with audiences”, said Redvers. “With the hit making experience of Neil and Mark to support my vision, I believe IndigiFilm will be a global premium content creator. We want IndigiFilm to be a place broadcaster and streamers can feel confident that their investments in production will win audiences. IndigiFilm will be a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous stories are told in an authentic way by a broad spectrum of creative voices backed by one of the most experienced production teams in North America.”
Redvers recently made international headlines after an incident at the Cannes Film Festival. Redvers was ordered to leave a screening after he attempted to walk the red carpet in traditional Dene moccasins, formal wear for his culture. Cannes later acknowledged they made a mistake. The story went viral, stirring a conversation about cultural inclusivity. “What happened in Cannes underlines the need for more Indigenous presence in international media. We need to help bring a better understanding of who we are to the rest of the world.”
Redvers is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2018, he co-created CBC’s primetime unscripted series High Arctic Haulers (8×60). As a journalist he worked on CTV’s First Story where the first episode he produced/directed won a prestigious Jack Webster Award. He’s also the co-founder of the non-profit org “We Matter”, an organization that uses social media and video to share positive messages with Indigenous youth from across Canada, with the aim of reducing the rates of depression and suicide. For this work, he and his fellow co-founder, sibling T’anchay Redvers, were awarded Governor General Medals.
Redvers is excited for this new chapter, saying: “It’s the exact right time for this company. The industry is craving diverse voices. IndigiFilm will deliver fantastic storytelling that meets this need, producing meaningful and entertaining media for the global marketplace.”
Kelvin Redvers will be in attendance at the Banff World Media Festival from June 12 – 15, 2022 and is available for interviews upon request.
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