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!

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“HOBO” ONE OF CANADA’S BEST


Jason Eisener‘s HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN has been named one of Cananda’s Top Ten Feature Films of 2011 by the Toronto Internation Film Festival!

I was fairly certain that a very successful DVD & BluRay release would have been the cherry on top of this whole HOBO-experience, but yesterday’s announcement really took the cake (on which the cherry rests). I think the “HOBO-experience” can officially be upgraded to “HOBO-phenomena”.

I would like to congratulate my friends Jason Eisener, John Davies, Rob Cotterill, as well as everyone else who worked on the film for the outstanding success that this film has seen. Also, major kudos to TIFF for having the cojones to stand behind a film like HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, that could so easily ignored, and pushed aside as “just another grindhouse flick”.

Oh my, who is that amazing young actor in the yellow mask going toe to toe with Rutger Hauer?

It was me. That was me.

Congrats to all the other filmmakers, as well as the folks at Grassfire Films, Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald, as their amazing short film, RHONDA’S PARTY (also shot here in Nova Scotia) was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films! For the full list of films, head on over to the TIFF website: http://tiff.net/topten

FYI: Two of Canada’s Top Ten Feature Films can be rented now on YouTube for only $5! HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (YouTube link) as well as Ken Scott‘s STARBUCK (YouTube link). Support Canadian film!

PS. Blog note: I’ve finally sat down and updated the Photos section of the website, so head on over and take a gander: https://glenjm.wordpress.com/photos/!