LIVE ACTION | Canada | 14 MINUTES | English
An evening out takes a dramatic turn for two Indigenous women, Tina and Amber, when Amber is suddenly taken into police custody. Fearing the worst, Tina tails the cruiser outside city limits and makes a courageous choice to free her friend.
Eva Thomas is a director, writer and producer. She recently directed episodes for CBC’s “Still Standing” and wrote for CTV’s comedy series “Shelved”, CBC Gem’s “Zarqa”, the CTV/APTN series “Acting Good” and the upcoming Crave/APTN series “Don’t Even”.
As an Associate Producer, Eva contributed to the feature film “Night Raiders” directed by Danis Goulet. She also worked as a Director’s Assistant on Darlene Naponse’s “Stellar” and Director Shadow on Gail Maurice’s “Rosie”. Eva directed her short film, “Redlights”, which premiered at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and she is currently developing a feature film script based on it, supported by Telefilm and the Indigenous Screen Office.
Most recently, she served as Executive Producer for Kaniehtiio Horn’s feature film directorial debut “Seeds”. And she just participated in the 2023 TIFF Filmmakers Lab.
Eva Thomas, Alan Bacchus, Katelyn Cursio, Tyler Levine
Kaniehtiio Horn, Ellyn Jade, Jennifer Podemski
‘Redlights’ is a powerful and thought-provoking short film that delves into the experiences of two Indigenous women confronted by the police. At its core, the film seeks to evoke the primal emotion of fear—the fear of law enforcement, the fear for a friend’s safety, and the fear for one’s own life. Fear becomes the driving force behind the narrative, pushing Tina further from her comfort zone and into a haunting sense of isolation.
Set entirely at night, ‘Redlights’ employs a mood and tone reminiscent of a thriller or even a horror film. This choice serves to heighten the tension and mystery, enveloping viewers in an atmospheric journey. However, it’s important to note that the situation depicted in the film is firmly rooted in the harsh reality of Canadian history—a tragic aspect that cannot be ignored.
Through ‘Redlights’, I aim to shed light on the profound impact of fear and the complex dynamics between law enforcement and marginalized communities. By presenting an intimate and intense portrayal of these two Indigenous women, the film prompts audiences to reflect on the real-world implications and ongoing challenges faced by many.
Ultimately, ‘Redlights’ is a testament to the power of storytelling and the need to address difficult truths. It is my hope that this film sparks meaningful conversations and fosters a deeper understanding of the systemic issues at play, paving the way for change and empathy.
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