FIRST-LOOK: GRAVE CONCERNS

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Friendly friends, it is my tremendous pleasure to share a first-look at GRAVE CONCERNS, the 12-part comedic web series that follows two disgruntled gravediggers in the Wild West.

Each episode will straddle the line between comedy & drama (O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU meets LOUIE) exploring themes surrounding society, existentialism and, ultimately, how & why men fail to communicate with each other.

We are applying for funding from the Independent Production Fund, and as part of the IPF’s evaluation, we are encouraged to get as many views as possible.

THEREFORE if you enjoyed the GRAVE CONCERNS Web Series Preview, we cordially invite you to…

(1) Subscribe to our YouTube page

(2) Like our Facebook page, & most importantly… 

(3) SHARE THE FOLLOWING LINK WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY & EVEN TOTAL STRANGERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_VJQyZTLKg

Sincerely, thank you for watching and for any support that you can offer us in our hunt to get this thing made (remember: Like, Subscribe & Share). As I wrote in last month’s GRAVE CONCERNS blog entry, I have never been this creatively excited for a project in my life.

Much love, folks. ❤️

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CAST:
Timothy – Tim Walker
Clifton – Jeff Hanson
Old Man – Robert Nasmith

CREW:
Writer / Director – Glen Matthews
Producer – Melani Wood
Director of Photography – Mark Corless
Assistant Director – Steve Cutler
Wardrobe – Holly Lloyd
Title Design – Britt Edwards
Visual Compositor – Brendan Henry
Additional Audio Recording – Matt Sutherland
Executive Producer – Adam Massey
Special Thanks – Tim Corrigan, Alexandra Cooney

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THE FILMS OF TAIKA WAITITI

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Hello friends,

I wanted to take a moment out of my regularly scheduled self-promotion on this here web zone to share my infatuation with the films of this fine dishevelled gentleman, Taika Waititi (pronounced joyously: Ti-kuh Why-tee-tee).

The ability to balance comedy with emotional stakes is a constant in many of my favourite films — ie. films from filmmakers like Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Noah Baumbach (when paired w/ Greta Gerwig), Billy Wilder, John Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, so I’m here to say that if you enjoy those folks you need to catch up with Taika Waititi at your earliest convenience.

The first film I saw from Waititi was the best damn film-going experience I’ve ever had…

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Halifax’s Outlier Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing genre films, was screening WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2014). I knew nothing about the film other than it was a vampire mockumentary from New Zealand, so I was surprised to see the Bus Stop Theatre packed to capacity (which was 60 people, for the small indy black box theatre).

The lights went dark and before long, all 60 of us were all cackling and knee-slapping in unison. 90 minutes later, the lights came back up and I was absolutely floored. I hadn’t been a part of a collective experience like that ever before, where every moment landed as intended, the highs & the lows, the emotional reality of something so silly as vampires living in a flat.

The second film was 2010’s BOY

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Again, I went in blind, avoiding reviews or trailers, and again, I was floored. The ability to balance comedy with drama has always been the way straight to my film-loving heart and BOY‘s coming of age story set in the beautiful New Zealand landscape showcased some incredibly impressive tonal gymnastics, and it was at this point that I was convinced that Taika Waititi was a filmmaker to pay attention to.

The third film, which sealed my love for Waititi, was 2016’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

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Unlike the previous two films, I couldn’t help myself from diving in and getting an early look at this film. The trailers looked incredible and the early buzz from critics was overwhelmingly positive. I was going into this one with the often-deadly “high hopes”. I’m happy to report that the film delivered as Waititi managed to draw me in with laughs, heart, and some solid action scenes (all while providing some subtle social commentary on institutional colonialism).

Comedy is super subjective, of course, but I think the key for comedy is sincerity, and that is something that I think is sorely missing in much of comedy today. Waititi’s characters have hopes & dreams that they strive for, and that is where I fall in love with his films.

SINCERITY > FLIPPANCY 👌

Up next, Waititi is directing THOR: RAGNAROK, which combines my fav Avengers, Thor & Hulk, and also apparently features a John Cena cameo, so I’m glad to hear that Marvel has been receiving my letters.

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That’s all for now. Check out some Waititi flicks and let me know what you think, yo. ❤

SPACE MONKEY

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Good news, everyone! My longstanding love-affair with the wonderful world of professional wrestling is alive & well! I recently shot SPACE MONKEY, a short film / promotional video for the oh-so talented independent wrestler, Space Monkey.

“Hold on a minute, Glen! You made another wrestling movie?!”

This isn’t just another wrestling film — (but thank you for the chance to mention my previous wrestling film, SAVING FACE) — this film is an absurdist origin story for the character Space Monkey through the eyes of a grief-stricken Canadian Space Agency scientist.

If all things go well, I’m hoping to share this weirdo with the world in March. Until then, have a look at some photos (by Britt Edwards), whydontchya?

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Dan Sanderson plays The Scientist.

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NAME REDACTED plays Space Monkey (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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DOP Mark Corless (who also shot GRAVE CONCERNS) helped me make this damn thing.

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Here’s Mark and Steve Cutler, setting up the Steadycam and flipping off the Stills Photographer for no good reason at all. What a jerk.

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Sound guy extraordinaire, Adam Burke, doing sound things.

That’s all for now. Can’t wait to share more, folks.

Until then, shoot for the stars!

GRAVE CONCERNS

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Hey you, yes you, reader of these words.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, mostly because this has primarily been a place for keeping track of my acting endeavours (which have been put on the backburner for the foreseeable future). How are you doing?

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve taken my filmmaking talents to the wonderful world of advertising, joining up with the ad house Clark Stanley (ClarkStanley.com). Aside from employing me, the fine folks at Clark Stanley have also produced the pilot for a web series that I’ve written and directed (very nice of them, I know).

What’s the web series? Oh, I’m glad you asked…

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( Title design(s) by the oh-so talented Alexandra Cooney. )

GRAVE CONCERNS tells the story of two men, Timothy Sellmeyer & Clifton B. Pluck, toiling away in the Wild West, working in the booming business of grave-digging.”

Aside from being two very handsome & talented actors, Tim Walker & Jeff Hanson are also good friends who I met shortly after moving to Toronto last October. I had wanted to come up with an idea to shoot with them for a long time, and it wasn’t until July that the idea for two gravediggers in the Wild West came to me.

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The image of two men toiling away in the [traditionally romanticized] Old West & working at a shit job — simply enough: it made me laugh. I assure you, there’s more to the story than their occupation, but that’ll come later.

We shot in September, and I finished editing the pilot this past Thursday.

I say this with all the sincerity I can muster via blog post:

I have never been this creatively excited for a project in my life — I cannot wait to share GRAVE CONCERNS with you. The day for the pilot’s release is still a ways away as we hunt for series funding to get the full season made, but please stay tuned.

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On the advertising side of things, I’m keeping busy, but there’s nothing I can report on until it’s done. Hold tight. Oh, I’m also workin’ on a new website.

Fun things ahead! Hope you’re well, friend-o’s!

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.

TOP 10 OF 2014

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There was a whole lot to love this year in the cinema including him up there, Monsieur Gustav H., AKA Ralph “the incredible” Fiennes in Wes Anderson‘s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which just so happens to be my number one favourite film of 2014!

Go ahead, throw your hipster jokes in my direction, I don’t give one damn and / or shit, GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is straight-up magical (not to mention hilarious, and at times, oddly terrifying). Moving at the speed of a freight-train, anchored by Ralph Fiennes insanely, insanely entertaining and precise performance, this film just doesn’t stop with the magic. I know there’s a lot of people out there who just can’t do Wes Anderson, and I get it, I do, sometimes I also find his style overbears his substance, but GRAND BUDAPEST is the perfect marriage of the two and for me, feels like his best film yet.

Here is the remaining 9 films, in no particular order, that I loved oh-so dearly…

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THE GUEST

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NIGHTCRAWLER

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

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SNOWPIERCER

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FRANK

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CAST NO SHADOW

I think most of the films on my list have done their fair share of business (I’m looking at you, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), so I’d like to encourage you to keep an eye out for CAST NO SHADOW, the Newfoundland feature film which cleaned up the awards at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival. It was honestly one of the best Canadian films I’ve ever seen. Head to their Facebook page and give ’em a like to keep track of their progress: https://www.facebook.com/castnoshadowmovie

WHAT I MISSED: INHERENT VICE, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, KUNG FU ELLIOT, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, BORGMAN and a bunch of other stuff.

That’s it for 2014! It was a good one! Here’s hoping STAR WARS EP. 7 will be everything the child in me wants it to be and you’ll be seeing it on here next January.

Thanks for reading (er, looking at jpegs)!

NOVEMBER ROUND-UP

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The Coast, Halifax’s beloved weekly newspaper, 20 years going, recently released their Best Of Halifax Awards, and the people of this fine city voted for me as the “Best Male Film/TV Actor“! A huge honour for which I am all sorts bashful. Read the write-up below…

If you attended the Atlantic Film Festival this year, you may have noticed that Glen Matthews is a machine. He had a busy year, and AFF was evidence of that—six movies he worked on, including Saving Face (which he wrote, directed and starred in) and features Heartbeat and Lure put his face all over the silver screen that week. With all his spare time (har har), he also worked TV shows Sex and Violence and Seed and won a competition to appear in a Robert Rodriguez short. He does it all, but says perhaps it’s time for a breather. “I realized a few months ago that I think I’m ready to take a step back from acting,” says Matthews of what’s next for him. “I feel like I’m at a buffet, and I’m making the responsible decision to not eat any more. I’ll always act, because I love it, especially with friends, but I’m ready to find that next passion in my life.”

Original post: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-male-film-tv-actor/BestOf?oid=4452250

In other news, FLAG ON THE PLAY picked up it’s third consecutive win for Best Web Production!

OUTLIER FILM FEST:
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Halifax! Your next (and perhaps final) chance to see my latest writing / directorial effort, SAVING FACE on the big screen will come as part of Outlier Film Festival on Saturday, November 29th. The film will be paired with DEAD SNOW 2, also known as “the zombie-Nazi film”. Always an honour to be paired with zombie-Nazis.

The festival has put together an absolutely jam-packed schedule of bizarre films, so check it out: http://outlierfilmfestival.com/2014program/

UPDATEDEC. 16 / 14: SAVING FACE has won the Outlier Film Fest’s Audience Award for Best Short Film! Huzzah! http://outlierfilmfestival.com/

SEX & VIOLENCE SEASON 2:
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Production has started on OutTV’s second season of SEX & VIOLENCE. I cannot confirm if I will be violent and / or sexy (no spoilers), but I will be taking part in the show again.

Missed the first season? Well don’t you worry because iTunes has the entire thing! See? I told you not to worry. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/tv-season/sex-violence-season-1/id885170105