producer, writer, director
My name is Ervin Chartrand. I was born in a Metis community in northern Manitoba. Most of my life was spent entrenched in a criminal gang lifestyle in Winnipeg, Canada. At the age of twenty-nine, I received a nine year sentence for my involvement in organized crime and drug trafficking. This proved to be a turning point in my life. I began to upgrade my education in prison and made a decision to leave the gang life. While on parole, I enrolled in a broadcasting program, took an acting course and worked on various film sets, including CBC/APTN television studios. However, I quickly realized that I wanted to tell my own stories. In the beginning, I was a self taught filmmaker. However, I later studied film at the University of Winnipeg. I have written/directed many ﬁlms to date. Two short dramas including Sister which aired on CBC and APTN's Short Cuts program. I won the Best New Talent Award at the 2005 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival for a short film titled 504938c. I also won the Reel World Award for Outstanding Canadian Short Film at the 2006 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto and Golden Sheaf award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Patrick Ross. More recently, I directed a documentary entitled FIGHT produced by the National Film Board of Canada which aired on Netflix. It follows two at risk youth involved in a boxing program. I also directed a short film Trafficking depicting a story of a girl’s escape from her captors. My latest documentary Other Side of the 49th is the true story of a biker convicted of murder. In prison, he trained to play professional football, and got his chance to play for the CFL after his release on parole. I have a genuine passion for filmmaking and a unique perspective to share with others.