View Talk: “Arts in the Hood

Madison Thomas, 2016 —

madison-thomas-TEDx2016Madison 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.