SCREEN NS NOMINATION

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The Screen Nova Scotia Awards were this past Saturday. LURE (directed by Jesse Harley) was nominated for four awards: Best Picture, Best Lead Performance by an Actress (Andrea Lee Norwood), Best Performance by a Supporting Actor (Richard Donat), and Best Actor in a Lead Performance, which I was nominated for.

Congratulations to Mike McLeod, for picking up the Best Lead Actor Award for his work on Thom Fitzgerald’s FORGIVE ME. I totally don’t hate you. I swear.

In all honesty, it was an incredible honour to be recognized for our work in light of the past few weeks spent battling the NS Liberals, trying to save our homegrown industry. Thank you to Screen Nova Scotia and everyone who had a hand in the evening. It was an excellent celebration of everyone’s hard work.

Update – June 15/15: Who needs Screen Nova Scotia’s stupid awards when you can get one from from the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival? That’s right, I picked up Best Actor honours from the folks down south! Thanks, kindly.

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“GAME” NOW ONLINE!

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After it’s lengthy festival run, Josh MacDonald‘s GAME is now available online for your twisted enjoyment!

The ever so lovely folks over at FearNet.com have decided to feature the short film on their website, and they’ve also gone to the trouble of adding a nice little introduction from Mr. MacDonald himself.

Head over to http://www.fearnet.com/shorts/game to watch!

The short features myself, Andrea Lee Norwood (the lead actress from BUNKER 6, which will play this year’s AFF), Pasha Ebrahimi, and Michael McPhee. Hope you enjoy it, you sick bastard.

AFF ROUND-UP

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Another year, another Atlantic Film Festival lineup release! For the 33rd annual AFF, my smug mug will be featured in five films! Four shorts (two of which I also produced), and a feature film. I’m a proud [metaphorical] poppa. Here’s a roundup:

BUNKER 6, feature film – September 14th at 9:45pm at Park Lane – This is Greg Jackson‘s feature film directorial debut that we shot inside of an actual nuclear fallout bunker in Debert, Nova Scotia. Incredible ensemble cast lead by the oh-so talented Andrea Lee Norwood. More info / tickets: http://atlantic.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/bunker6_gregjackson_atlantic2013

PRESENCE, short film – September 14th at 2:00pm as part of Atlantic Shorts 2 – Colin MacDonald and myself have been working together for a long time (see: our Video Difference commercial), so when Colin came to me with a really clever idea for a horror / psychological thriller, we teamed up and made it happen (I acted and produced). Super proud of this one. More info / tickets: http://atlantic.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/atlanticshorts2_atlantic2013_atlantic2013

PLAY AGAIN, short film – September 15th at 3:30pm & September 17th at 4:30pm as part of Atlantic Shorts 5 – Pat Campbell is a damn good man. This is a commonly known fact amongst many in the Halifax film community, so when the time came for Pat to direct his thesis film at NSCC, I was delighted to learn he had me in mind for a part in his pinball / Twilight Zone movie. More info / tickets: http://atlantic.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/atlanticshorts5_atlantic2013_atlantic2013

FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES and THE LUCKIEST MOST UNLUCKY MAN IN THE WORLD, short films – September 14th at 4:30pm & September 18th at 4:30pm as part of Atlantic Shorts 3 – Fresh off the heels of it’s world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest, Adam DeViller‘s FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES will drop it’s thug puppetry at Park Lane. Walter Forsyth‘s LUCKIEST, which I also produced, was my opportunity to finally play my own version of Mr. Bean, so yeah, I hope the bruises were worth it. More info / tickets: http://atlantic.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/atlanticshorts3_atlantic2013_atlantic2013

Each of these shorts programs are loaded with other shorts that I’m dying to see (I’m looking at you, Ashley McKenzie‘s STRAY), so take some time and have a look at the AFF’s program so far. The opening night gala is Don McKeller‘s THE GRAND SEDUCTION, which was shot in Newfoundland, starring Brendan frickin’ Gleeson. I’m all over that.

See you at the movies, nerds!

BUNKER 6

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Today’s Chronicle Herald dished some details about Greg Jackson‘s feature directorial debut, BUNKER 6 (Link: Filming of Bunker 6 thriller starts in Debert).

Bunker 6 tells the story of Grace, who has lived in Nuclear Bunker No. 6 since she was a young girl. After the death of Lewis, her mentor, father figure and the bunker’s technician, Grace is left to take charge of the mechanics. As things begin to break down all around her and thoughts of the outside world haunt her, she must continue her struggle not just to survive, but to live.

The wonderful cast has been revealed, and I am very happy to be a part of it. In the bunker, I’ll be joined by Andrea Lee Norwood (my prey in GAME), Molly Dunsworth (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN ROOM SERVICE), Jim Fowler, Shelly Thompson & Daniel Lillford.

I’m actually just heading out the door right now on my way to Debert (where we’re shooting in a legitimate bomb shelter from the 50s), so please pardon the abrupt nature of this post.

Chronicle Herald link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/634800-filming-of-bunker-6-thriller-starts-in-debert

NEWS ROUNDUP


There you have it! Here (above) is the first still frame of myself as Gabe in Josh MacDonald‘s directorial debut, GAME, playing Saturday, September 15th as part of Atlantic Shorts 3! More screening info here.

Earlier this week, myself and Vanessa Walton-Bone, star of my short film ROOM SERVICE (playing the Atlantic Film Fest on the 18th), headed into the Haligonia studio to talk about our film…

Be sure to keep up to date with ROOM SERVICE on Facebook and Twitter as we should have some festival news to announce in the coming weeks.

Finally, The Atlantic Fringe Festival is currently upon us! I designed the poster for my dear friend, Kristin Slaney‘s BLUE MOONS & WAITING ROOMS (see below).

As of today, you still have four more opportunities to see the play and I highly, highly recommend that you do so.

One more bit of Fringe Fest fun: I’m performing as part of 7 DEADLY SINS: FROMMERS GUIDE TO HELL, written by Thom Fitzgerald. It’s an immersive, sight-specific theatre experiment where audience members encounter all of the seven sins, one by one. Tell ’em Greed sent ye’.

Click here for full Fringe schedule / info.

That’s all for now. My apologies for throwing a whole slew of info at you in one post, but this twenty minutes I’m taking to write this is just about the only “down time” I’ve had since returning to Halifax. I am blissfully exhausted. Onward!

JOSH MACDONALD’S “GAME”

I don’t know when I’m not happy to announce my involvement in a project, but today I am ecstatic to tell you that I’m on board for Josh MacDonald‘s (screenwriter of THE CORRIDOR) directorial debut short film, GAME.

Set to shoot this weekend, I’ll be joining the supremely talented cast which includes Andrea Lee Norwood, Pasha Ebrahimi (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), and Michael McPhee (my co-star and the creator of LOGAN AND I).

At the time being, details that I can share are slim. For now, please check out the gorgeous new poster from James White AKA Signalnoise (creator of such film-related graphic gems as the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN logo, as well as the TREEVENGE logo)…

Head on over to Signalnoise.com to see the poster in all it’s glory.

Josh has an absolutely brilliant mind when it comes to storytelling, and I’m more than honoured to be joining him on his first adventure into directing (first of many to come, guaranteed). More to come.