Drowning in Concrete

A young man wanders aimlessly through his new home, the large metropolis of Toronto.

He struggles with the fact that the city hasn’t changed him like he thought it would. Late at night he leaves a message on his brother’s answering machine.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Madison Thomas

Filmmaker’s statement

The concept for Drowning in Concrete came up when my composer Justin Delorme and I were attending imagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto with our other short film The Middles.

We were crashing with a friend of mine from university, Nathan Costa. Nathan and I did our BAs at the same time, mine in film, his in acting.

Since graduating, Nathan moved to Toronto to pursue acting. On our first night in Toronto Nathan and I caught up and reminisced, eventually talking about what it was like leaving our small tight-knit arts community in Winnipeg for a much larger city and arts culture.

Over the next four days I wrote the voiceover and we shot footage in transit to and from the festival on my DSLR and Justin’s iPhone 6. On our last night we recorded the voiceover at 4 a.m. on the stairs outside Nathan’s place.

Turns out no matter where you plop us Winnipeg artists down in the world, we are guaranteed to do three things:

1) Find each other

2) Laugh at our current location’s idea of ‘cold weather’

3) Create something.

About Madison Thomas

Madison Thomas

Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Being raised in a Metis household, storytelling was a huge part of her childhood. Madison 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 Canadian Indigenous person to ever be accepted into the program.

Although Madison hopes to pursue her career as a writer and director, she also plans to continue gaining experience in all areas of filmmaking so as to become a well-rounded storyteller.

Madison’s first feature This Is Why We Fight, a gritty post-apocalyptic film set in Winnipeg, premiered at LA’s Indiefest in 2013 and won an award of excellence. The film enjoyed its Canadian theatrical premiere in Madison’s hometown and the film’s setting Winnipeg.

In fall 2014, Madison represented her hometown once again as she competed for a $45K production deal on CBC’s Short Film Face Off, a national competition series. Although she did not advance past her episode, the judges applauded her attitude and artistic bravery. Madison was among the youngest filmmakers to appear on the show.

Madison has partnered with Canadian cinematographer Andrew Luczenczyn and together they work as Prairie Kid Productions. They have over a dozen shorts which have enjoyed success in both the Canadian and international festival markets.

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