I'm very happy to announce my friend and business partner Madison Thomas will be presenting at TEDxWinnipeg this year. Madi is a very talented director and very active in supporting youth in discovering film, theatre and performing. She has been a rising star in the Winnipeg film community, and we are all very proud of her.
From the TEDxWinnipeg Website:
"Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Raised in a Metis household, storytelling was a huge part of Madison’s childhood. She found the natural extension into filmmaking in high school and has worked at honing her craft since. Madison studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2012, and in 2011 was accepted into Prague Film School’s summer program. She was the first Canadian to attend in five years and the first Aboriginal person to ever be accepted into the program. Madison’s first feature film “This Is Why We Fight,” a gritty post apocalyptic set in Winnipeg premiered at LA’s Indiefest in 2013 and won an award of excellence. “This Is Why We Fight” enjoyed its Canadian theatrical premiere in Madison’s hometown and the film’s setting Winnipeg. In the fall of 2014 Madison represented her hometown once again as she competed for a $45,000 production deal on CBC’s “Short Film Faceoff,” a national competition series. Madison has partnered with Canadian Cinematographer Andrew Luczenczyn and together they work under the company “Prairie Kid Productions”. The pair now have a dozen shorts, a feature and a documentary to their name and have screened at film festivals globally. Madison consistently partners with inner city organizations and teaches film to youth in hopes the future filmmakers among them will become motivated the same way she did."
Madi and myself have worked together on a number of films, and co-own Prairie Kid Productions together, so in fitting with the theme, here are a bunch of BTS photos of us working together on a film about youth being awkward, The Middles.
Check out the original article here or see the other speakers at the event here
Photo Credit for above photos: Tyler Porznak Photography