AFF 2014 ROUND-UP

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Another year, another Atlantic Film Festival! This year’s program launch boasts six films that I worked on (a personal-best). Five films that I performed in, and one that I wrote and directed…

SAVING FACE, short film
A masked duo–red and blue–of wrestlers face a crisis of identity in this lavishly produced and energetically shot surrealistic short drama.
-Directed by: Glen Matthews
-Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 5 – Sunday, September 14, 9:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Wednesday, September 17, 4:30PM – Cineplex Park
Lane, Theatre 7

lure
LURE
 feature film
As grad student Rebecca Markowitz (Andrea Norwood) delves into the psyche of a twisted internet predator (Glen Matthews), she finds herself getting in deeper than she ever intended, not only with the predator, but with her own inner demons.
-Directed by: Jesse Harley
-Screening: Friday, September 12, 9:15PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 4

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HEARTBEAT
feature film
Left with a relationship broken and a dream unfulfilled, Justine (Tanya Davis) opens her world to the unexpected and finds strength in the beat of her heart.
-Directed by: Andrea Dorfman
Screening: Friday, September 12, 7:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatres 5, 7 & 8
http://www.heartbeat-movie.com/

thetoll
THE TOLL
short film
In this suspense-filled action short, a toll booth attendant’s life is thrown into turmoil when a car crashes into his toll plaza. Scott Simpson’s suspense-filled action short combines the tale of a timid toll collector, two thugs, a bag of money and a femme fatale in a combustible mix of tension, humour and humanity.
-Directed by: Scott Simpson
-Screening: CBC ATLANTIC SHORTS GALA – Sunday, September 14, 7:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatres 7 & 8 – Encore Screening: Thursday, September 18, 8:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 5

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RIGHTEOUS
short film
In this curiously provocative race relations short, an African Nova Scotian man is followed around a clothing store by a nervous clerk, with unexpectedly moving results.
-Directed by: Cory Bowles
Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 2 – Saturday, September 13, 1:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Monday, September 15, 2:00PM – Cineplex Park
Lane, Theatre 8

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THE HOLD UP 
short film
A possible way to secure funds from a bank is explored–multiple times–in this fast-paced, funny and subversive Film5 entry from AFCOOP.
-Directed by: Struan Sutherland
-Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 5 (alongside SAVING FACE) – Sunday, September 14, 9:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Wednesday, September 17, 4:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 7

So yeah! Feeling pretty damn spiffy right about now. For a full list of all of the Atlantic films, click this thang:
http://atlanticfilm.com/sites/default/files/files/PDF_2014_AFF_AtlanticProgramFilms_Aug06.pdf

Congrats to all of the filmmakers and people who worked so hard to get stuff up on the screen this year. Looking forward to consuming as much of it as humanly possible.

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“ROOM SERVICE” NOW ONLINE!

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After its extensive film festival run, ROOM SERVICE (2012), the first short film I wrote and directed, is now online for your viewing as part of The National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival.

A woman (Vanessa Walton-Bone) confronts her husband’s mistress (Molly Dunsworth) in a motel room with unexpected results…

The film has had one heck of a journey, being a finalist for CBC’s national competition, Short Film Face-Off, being named First-Runner Up for Best Short Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival, and more, all for a short that was made for $750.

Very proud of this film, and all of the hard work that so many incredibly talented people put into it, so, if you haven’t had the chance yet, please take five minutes and enjoy ROOM SERVICE…

Late last year we unfortunately lost Vanessa Walton-Bone to cancer. She was an incredible performer and even more so an incredible person. If there was one thing I can take away from this experience and be thankful for, it’s the chance to have worked with a true beauty, in every possible meaning of the word. I’m thrilled to throw this film onto the giant pile of “things that Vanessa was awesome in”. Much love.

Hope I didn’t make you sad there. It’s a celebration.

Thanks for watching.

Link to the NSI’s page for ROOM SERVICE: http://www.nsi-canada.ca/2014/02/room-service/

“ROOM SERVICE” IN THE AFF!


Today, I am so damn proud to announce that ROOM SERVICE, my first film as a writer and director, has been accepted to the 32nd Annual Atlantic Film Festival!

The film tells the story of a woman (Vanessa Walton Bone) confronting her husband’s mistress (Molly Dunsworth) in a motel room with unexpected results.

From day one, this was my goal, to play the AFF and show this film to the community my community in Halifax.

ROOM SERVICE will be playing Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00pm at Park Lane Cinemas as part of the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala. Tickets available here: http://atlantic.bside.com/2012/films/cbcatlanticshortsgala0_atlantic2012_atlantic2012 The festival runs from September 13th to the 20th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In the best interests of staying in “the know”, the official ROOM SERVICE Facebook page has been launched @ facebook.com/RoomServiceFilm so give us a Like there and a Follow @RoomServiceFilm on Twitter!

                              

Again, a huge thank you to the official Thank You Club of folks who either donated funds, or helped us in any, many other ways. Your names will be in the credits. Pinky swear.

Also thank you to Samantha Wilson, Mauralea Austin, my crew Andrew Hicks, Ian Burns, Liam Higgins, Maria DeRozari, Lauren Bell and Egg Films who are currently assisting us in giving our film the final polish it needs to play this and many other fests.

If you see me in the next few weeks, there’s a big likelihood that I’ll have a huge, dumb grin plastered on my face.

ALSO: Josh MacDonald‘s GAME (GameShortFilm.com), which I have a part in, will be playing as part of Atlantic Shorts 3 on Saturday, September 15th at 9:20pm.

So honoured to be a part of this, hope to see you at the fest!

ROLLER TOWN OPENS THE ATLANTIC FILM FEST!

Picnicface’s highly anticipated feature film, ROLLER TOWN will kick down the doors to start off the 31st Annual Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax next month! The film stars Mark Little, Kayle Lorette, George Basil, them Picnicface folks, as well as an appearance by myself (see headband above).

Picnicface is undoubtedly on all sorts o’ fire with their upcoming television series also set to debut August 31st on The Comedy Network (sneak preview episode – click here for more info).

September 15th, prepare yourself for the lulz.

Stay tuned to AtlanticFilm.com for ticketing and scheduling info!

REMEMBER ME?

Hello everyone! It’s high time (Prop 19 pun very intended) that I’ve returned to my blog. I’m now gently settled into my humble abode in Toronto’s East side, and have been spending my month scouring this big city, knocking on doors, trying to get myself an agent, find gainful employment, and become rich/famous.

So, a few things…

(1) I’ve landed myself an agent as of yesterday! And an awesome one at that: Craig Alexander at Glickman Talent. Without an agent, I would be left wandering the wastelands of the entertainment industry, searching for scraps to stay alive (think: Oliver Twist). So this is a huge victory, and an essential step in the right direction for my pursuit of success here in Toronto.

(2) Last Summer’s Queer Act’s Festival hit, LOGAN AND I (starring myself and Michael McPhee) will be re-mounted once again in Halifax at the Bus Stop Theatre from December 15th to the 18th. What would the holidays be without a solid examination of sexuality, youth, and confusion rolled up into one? More info to come.

(3) And finally, I wanted to express my belated thanks to everyone involved in the 30th Annual Atlantic Film Festival. I really did have such a wonderful time. I hope you (YOU) had a chance to catch THE CORRIDOR, because I’m so happy with how it turned out. I have a good feeling about the film; so hopefully my instincts are correct and those of you who missed the screenings in Halifax will be able to catch it elsewhere.

Below: myself and my THE CORRIDOR co-star Matt Amyotte celebrating inappropriately at the AFF closing gala…

That’s all for now, folks! I’ll have more to report soon! Toronto, out.

TWO NEW POSTERS FOR “THE CORRIDOR”

Quick update: Yesterday, I Facebook-stumbled across two posters for THE CORRIDOR! First up, a design by Crystal Oicle…

And the second design was done by Mike Holmes…

One final note, THE CORRIDOR now has a Facebook fan page where you can click “Like” (that’s fun) and also receive up to date information. Do it, chump… http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Corridor/159701027375091

I’m on my way now to catch a press/delegate screening of THE CORRIDOR, and thus, I am getting more and more nervous by the minute. I’m still new to this, alright?

THE CORRIDOR screens tomorrow at 7:00pm at Park Lane Theatre. Tickets available at http://atlantic.bside.com.

ONE FACE TO RULE THEM ALL

What’s with all this media? Jeez, you’d think I had emailed all of them, pleading for publicity (edit: I did).

The Chronicle Herald gave you a heads up that you’ll likely get sick of me before the 30th Annual Atlantic Film Festival is over in today’s section of TATTLER…

One face will become familiar at film fest

Halifax actor Glen Matthews may seem to be appearing everywhere during the Atlantic Film Festival.

Matthews has roles in three films being shown at the fest, was assistant director on another and will take part in Script Out Loud.

He was part of the feature-length horror film The Corridor from Dartmouth writer Josh MacDonald and director Evan Kelly, screening on Wednesday at Park Lane. Matthews was also in Blush Response, a short film by Ian Burns screening on Monday at 9:20 p.m. as part of the Atlantic Shorts IV at Park Lane. You’ll also find him in a preview of Moby Dick which will be shown before Mike Barker’s Sea Wolf on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. at the Oxford Theatre.

He was assistant director on The Button, a short film by Picnicface that is part of the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Oxford Theatre. And he wll take part in the Script Out Loud series in which a soon-to-be-shot feature length script, Cory Bowles’ Cracker Factory, is read out loud in front of a room of industry professionals on Friday at noon at The Carleton.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/ArtsLife/1202168.html

I don’t know who this Glen Matthews guy is, but he sounds like a jerk.