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Kelvin Redvers’ Cold Road to open Yellowknife film festival

A still from Cold Road.
A still from Cold Road.

The 2023 Yellowknife International Film Festival will open with a screening of Kelvin Redvers’ feature Cold Road, organizers said on Wednesday.

The opening-night screening was the one item in the schedule yet to be publicly announced.

Redvers is a Dene filmmaker and Deninu Kųę́ First Nation member who grew up in Hay River. Beyond the NWT, he is known for having been turned away from a screening at the 2022 Cannes film festival because he was wearing moccasins.

Cold Road, which he wrote and directed, is a thriller about an Indigenous woman and her dog trying to make their way north when a semi-truck driver starts hunting them on the highway.

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“Films like this don’t get made any more,” Redvers was quoted as saying in a film festival press release announcing its selection.

“Our goal was to create something pulpy and audience-friendly on a micro-budget – we managed to do that.”

Kelvin Redvers in a submitted photo.

Redvers said his movie is designed to be “edge-of-your-seat exciting but with a deep emotional heart, about a woman dealing with the grief of being away from home so long.”

“Indigenous-directed movies don’t usually get action scenes,” he added, “but ours are more exciting than films with 50 times the budget.”

In a later email to Cabin Radio, the director said the version of the movie shown at the festival will be an “in-progress screening.”

Cold Road will be screened twice on the festival’s opening night, November 1 – once at 7pm and once at 9pm. Tickets are $20 or $15 for concessions, or you can use a 10-punch pass for entry.