RED CAN is a short film about the cycle of racism and prejudice. Set in rural Saskatchewan in the 1970s, the film follows a jaded Farmer and a Native farmhand named Anthem. On his way to a new life in the city, Anthem's car runs out of gas and the Farmer agrees to help him out, so long as Anthem helps him with one last job. As the day wears on the Farmer's prejudice starts to get the better of him and he does something he'll soon regret, revealing the greater gaps between the Farmer's hold on tradition, family, and the land.
Inspired by my Grandfather’s stories, the film is a personal exploration of the past to help illuminate our challenges in the present.
Mattias Graham was born and raised in the flatlands of Regina, Saskatchewan. He left to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialization in Film Production) at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, and now calls Montreal his adopted home. He is a board member of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, founder of the Trans-Canada Film Collective, and co-founder of Cathode Ray, an experimental media collective based in Montreal. RED CAN is his first major work to be produced outside of film school.
What is the Trans-Canada Film Collective?
We live in an incredible time of online sharing and digital creation, but often local works are lost in an ever-expanding sea of online content. The TCFC's goal is to provide an online platform for aesthetically bold, refreshingly new and daringly local works in the Canadian context. Just as the Trans-Canada Highway connected the country from end to end, it's time for the Internet to connect our stories province to province, city to city, and coast to coast.
But to get started, we have to make some films. RED CAN is the first project inspired by the TCFC, and we hope it will be first of many more in the future. Until then, you can stay informed of any news from the collective on our mailing list. We have a long road ahead, but togther we'll travel in good company.