Marilyn Thomas

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Marilyn Thomas is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and producer with over eight years experience working in film, television and new media.

In 2001, she was accepted into Vancouver Film School's intensive Writing for Film and Television Program. Immediately upon graduation, Marilyn secured contracts with several Vancouver-based productions. In 2001, she was awarded the BC Film Story Department Internship for Da Vinci's Inquest (VI). She returned the next year and was also given the opportunity to co-write Fleas under the guidance of Chris Haddock, which was a semi-finalist for the CBC daytime serial innitiative. Marilyn's experience spans everything from commercials and features to television shows and webisodic entertainment with the likes of CBC, Global TV, Sony, Touchstone Television, ABC Family, New Line Television, Spike TV, APTN and Marvel Comics.

In 2006, Marilyn established Monkey Ink Media, Inc, and now has a number of her own projects in various stages of development and production. As a producer, Marilyn was able to attain development for five projects including documentary style, animation and drama.

In 2007, her script Sxwexwatamsh was one of three scripts chosen for the Whistler Film Festival BC Stories Competition. The Bloodshots 48 Hour Horror Film competition garnered Marilyn an award for Best Script for the short she wrote and produced entitled The Secret Life of Cassandra Brown.

Spring 2008 saw the long awaited completion of her one-hour historical documentary as a writer-producer Ayaa: A Hero's Journey, an amazing story of her great-uncle, Albert Thomas, who discovers his next door neighbour is the same little girl who's life he saved sixty years during the occupation in Holland. It has been shown at festivals in Holland, Australia, California (US), Whistler (CA), Vancouver (CA) and is currently airing on the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN).

Marilyn wrote and produced a short film Shi-Shi-Etko, adapted by a childrens' book of the same name, which was awarded one of five spots for the 2007 DGC Kickstart awards for emerging filmmakers, and was recently nominated for three Leo Awards including Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Female Performance for seven-year- old Ta'kaiya Blaney.

She continues to develop more of her own projects through her company and she spends much of her free time volunteering within the community and welcomes opportunities to share her experiences as a guest speaker for Aboriginal Youth.

Films by Marilyn Thomas