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Aboriginal stories inspire Metis filmmaker

June 10, 2010

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When Métis student Kelvin Redvers is home in tiny Hay River, NWT he still enjoys hunting caribou and geese. But his favourite pastime is telling stories in a non-traditional medium: film.

“I’ve always had a world going on in my head,” says Redvers, who receives his bachelor of fine arts degree this month. “Filmmaking became a way to get that world out.”

Since enrolling in SFU Contemporary Arts’ film program, Redvers’ student fi lms have won a dizzying array of national and international awards, but he has also found ways to increase visibility for Aboriginal peoples and culture on campus.

He organized two annual spring feasts showcasing Aboriginal musicians and artists, for example, and initiated several popular coffee houses and an Aboriginal storytelling workshop.

So it’s no surprise Redvers is the 2010 winner of the undergraduate Gordon Shrum gold medal, awarded for academic excellence and extra-curricular activities demonstrating outstanding qualities of character and unselfish devotion to the university.

“There is nothing better in life than being recognized for something you are passionate about, so I feel very honored to get this award,” he says.

After graduation, Redvers plans to work with a community of former SFU fi lm students interested in collaborating on further film projects. And within five years, he hopes to be making his first feature film.

“My goal is to be a filmmaker whose movies people will be watching around the world.”

Already, one of his films, The Making of a Haida Totem Pole, has aired nationwide on the TV channel Bravo, and is also permanently on loop for viewing at the Vancouver International Airport.

And on Monday, June 21 at 7:30 pm, The Knowledge Network will air three of his mini-documentaries on Aboriginal heroes who are working to save indigenous languages.

“I’ve been lucky to find this kind of success so soon, and SFU has been a big part of that.”

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Flo Watts Semmler

I have a script about my vision I had in 1996 and was reg. in Washington in Jan. of 2000. My vision was everything that took place on Sept.11,2001. I submitted my story to all the major movie studio's but didn't anything acomplished.I am Lakota from Rosebud Sicangu Tribe here in South Dakota. I just recently had my story reg. with the WGAW in LA because I was told might get more progress done. If interested let me know and I'll send you a copy. Mitakuye Oyasin.

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