Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

October 14, 2005 09:30 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Former Inmate Turned Filmmaker Presents World Premieres of His First Two Short Films Inside Stony Mountain Penitentiary

STONY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTION, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 former Stony Mountain inmate turned filmmaker Ervin Chartrand will present the world premieres of his first two short films "First Stories: Patrick Ross" and "504938C" inside the penitentiary walls of Stony Mountain Institution, in an area known as the "prison Dome." This event will be presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the Winnipeg Film Group and Stony Mountain Institution, and will showcase the work of two former inmates: Chartrand and painter Patrick Ross.

"504938C" was produced with the National Film Board through a new Aboriginal Filmmaker's Program known as First Stories, an initiative sponsored by the NFB, CBC Manitoba, Manitoba Film & Sound and Telefilm Canada. The program was developed for emerging Aboriginal filmmakers to tell the stories that are important to them and their communities. "First Stories: Patrick Ross" was produced through the Winnipeg Film Group's First Film Fund, a new program supported by the NFB and Manitoba Film & Sound. It is designed to help young filmmakers make their first film.

The two six (6) minute films will be screened twice during the afternoon of October 19th. The first screening is for correctional staff, outside guests, Aboriginal communities and the media. The second screening will be for the inmate population and the Pathways Aboriginal Healing Unit. Media are welcome to attend both screenings. Following each screening there will be a Question and Answer period where you can meet the artists. Ross will have some of his paintings on display.

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is hosting the event partially since both artists were released from Stony Mountain Institution and partially to illustrate the service's mandate of safely reintegrating offenders into the community. CSC promotes the safe reintegration of offenders through ongoing risk assessment, provision of effective programs, community supervision, and the use of appropriate accommodation to manage risk. This approach helps offenders become law-abiding citizens by providing them with assistance, programs and control as needed, to reduce their risk of re-offending. Offenders who gradually reintegrate into the community, under supervision, are less likely to re-offend.

Stony Mountain Institution is a federal institution for medium security inmates located 11 kilometers north of Winnipeg. There are currently 542 inmates in total at the facility 68% of which are aboriginal or Metis. In the last six months Stony Mountain has released 16 inmates on Day Parole and 153 inmates on Statutory Release.

Members of the media and Manitoba film community are welcome and encouraged to attend this world premiere.

Wednesday October 19, 2005
13:00 - 15:30
Stony Mountain Institution
Parking and Directions Available on Request

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    L. Garwood-Filbert
    Media Relations
    Stony Mountain Institution
    (204) 344-5111 ext. 5120