“SAVING FACE” ONLINE!

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H’oh boy, the time has come! I am so damn happy to be releasing my latest directorial effort, SAVING FACE!

This film has an incredibly personal story to it for me, which I’ve shared further down the page, so for those of you who might be into that kind of thing, keep scrolling when you’re done watching.

SYNOPSIS: With the world watching, a mild-mannered pro-wrestler transforms into what he’s always fought against: the bad guy.

Ring the bell!

https://vimeo.com/107735653

CREW:
Writer / Director / Editor: Glen Matthews ( GlenMatthews.ca ), Producer: Andrew Hicks ( fairfield-creative.com/ ), Director of Photography: Liam Higgins ( jellyphresh.com/ ), Assistant Director: Ian Burns ( ianburns.sqsp.com/ ), Wardrobe / Costume Design: Bonnie Archibald-Awalt, Sound Design & Mix: Dave Johnson, Data Management: David Fulde.

CAST:
Red – Glen Matthews, Blue – Bob Mann, The Wife – Becca Babcock, Red Jr. – Ethan Beck, Boss – Kevin Gerrior, The Ref – Chris Fitzgerald, Manager – Ralph Walton-Bone Urquhart, Flatbed – Troy Merrick AKA Sexton Phoenix, Big Rig – Jason Collier AKA Lumber Jack Johnson, Kontra – Chris Cooke AKA The Big Picture, Slambo – Ryan Mader AKA Lincoln Steen.

…Things got pretty weird there, eh?

Those of you who know me are well aware that I have a long-standing obsession with professional wrestling. It started when I was a child, continued through my teens, then, after high school, I sold my car and moved to Moncton, New Brunswick to pursue training in the squared circle.

After a week of my grappler-education, I called home from a terribly depressing pay phone at a Moncton strip mall, telling my parents I was quitting wrestling. Why? Long story short: my body sucks (bad knees, bad back) and I knew I didn’t stand a chance if my body was crapping-out on me already. The dream was over before it even began.

After a bit of career-experimentation (ie. working at Bluenotes for a year), I eventually found my way to acting, which I really enjoyed, and people told me I was good at. Acting eventually lead to filmmaking, and eventually, thanks to SAVING FACE, filmmaking brought me back, full-circle, to professional wrestling…

Our shoot consisted of seven days of straight shooting. It was a gruelling process for all involved (I owe many people on that crew many beers). Our final three days of shooting were in the Halifax Forum, where we would be shooting all of the wrestling scenes.

We spent hours setting up the ring, exhausted, but knowing it had to get done before the next day, and when it was, I started running the ropes, and all of a sudden I just started laughing my ass off. It hit me like a ton of bricks: this was the very definition of a dream come true.

The next couple of days, we had four professional wrestlers come in, all of whom I sincerely respect (and have long admired); they worked with us, we worked with them, and I was in absolute heaven getting tossed around.

Honestly, I could go on for hours about how much making this film meant to me, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who had a hand in helping me get to whatever point in my career that I needed to be at to say, “Hey, I don’t know if anyone’s gonna dig this, but I’m gonna go make this weird wrestling film anyway.”

There’s a lot of you who’ve contributed to my career, either directing me in a short, handing me a water bottle between takes, or just saying something nice (don’t forget you wonderful people who donated to the Saving Face IndieGogo), thank you for playing a part in allowing me to live this dream.

On to the next one.

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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/

SAVING FACE!

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The time is upon us! I am gearing up to shoot my second short film, SAVING FACE!

The film takes place in an alternate universe wherein everything is pro-wrestling, and it tells the story of a tag-team’s downfall when one of the members decides he’s going to become a bad guy.

We still have a couple of weeks before we find out how ROOM SERVICE fares in CBC’s SHORT FILM FACE OFF competition (our episode airs this Saturday, August 24th at 8:00pm Atlantic), so until then, I am still an incredibly impoverished filmmaker, thus, we’re really going to need your help to make this film! We’ve launched an IndieGoGo campaign (Saving Face: a short film by Glen Matthews).

We’re attempting to raise $2,000 to help alleviate our many, many costs (wrestling ring & arena rental, lighting, catering, insurance, etc). Don’t fret though, we’re not just asking for money without giving anything back!
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  • Any $ Amount: You will be made a member of the “Thank You Club” where you will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and updates.
  • $10: Digital download of the award-winning short film, “Room Service“.
  • $20: Digital download of “Room Service” with director’s commentary with Glen Matthews.
  • $50: “Saving Face” Collectors Cards, featuring the characters from the film.
  • $125: “Saving Face” T-Shirt, featuring the heroic tag-team featured in the film, Over-Time.
But that’s not all, as we move forward collectively, I will be sending videos to all of the contributors. At $1,000 raised I will post a video of a pro-wrestler scoop-slamming me. At $1,500, a video of a suplex, and at $2,000 a video of a power-bombAnd if we even go two cents above our goal, I will post a very embarrassing video of me as a backyard wrestler in high school. I do not want to do this.
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Look at that photo. Do you understand how terrible a video of teenage-backyard-wrestling-Glen will be? Do you?
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So if you’re keen on seeing me beaten, bruised and embarrassed in the name of art, please visit: http://igg.me/at/saving-face
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Are you not entertained?!
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THANKS AFF / LUNENBURG SCREENING!


Above, myself and Vanessa Walton-Bone, star of my short film ROOM SERVICE, glam it up at the Atlantic Film Festival’s closing gala held this past Thursday.

Why did it take me almost an entire week to trudge back to the computer and write a post thanking the AFF? Because I don’t know if I’ve ever been quite so exhausted in all of my life. Thank you AFF for testing the limits of human endurance.

Also: thank you AFF for featuring my directorial debut, ROOM SERVICE, n’ stuff. That was awfully nice of you.

Those of you who know me know just how much it meant for me to have this film play here in Halifax. For those of you who don’t know me, please know that Halifax is as much a part of me as anything could possibly be, and it means everything to me to share this film with my peers here in Halifax.

Thanks for the experience, AFF. Looking forward to many more.

In other ROOM SERVICE news, the film will be playing in my home-home-town of Lunenburg County next Wednesday and Thursday the 3rd and 4th of October at Empire Theatres Bridgewater as part of the Lunenburg County Film Series.

**I will be in attendance on Thursday evening, introducing the films and eating popcorn.**

I couldn’t have wished for a better 2012 release to be paired with as we’ll be playing before the ever-so-whimsical feature film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which I am madly in love with ever since seeing it last month.

Tickets are $8 and the screenings start at 7:00pm.

Here’s the Facebook Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/447264695324035/

Until next time, wash up, ye’ stinkers!

Update – 10/3/12: I wanted to add a photo of the crew who helped make ROOM SERVICE. Left to right, my Cinematographer, Liam Higgins, my Producer, Andrew Hicks, meee, and my Assistant Director Ian Burns. And yes, I chose them all based solely on their gentlemenly good looks.

“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!

“ROOM SERVICE” MAKING-OF

The time has come to reward those who helped me out in my time of filmmaking need. If you are one of the lovely people who contributed to my endeavor, you should have already received a message from myself, accompanied by a link to a video, the ROOM SERVICE Making-Of video and a password which enables you to enjoy the splendors.

If you haven’t received anything from me yet, then head on over to the Contact page and send me a line. Got the password? Well then enjoy below…

For those of you who weren’t in the fortunate position of having extra cash to hand over to the production, fret not, I’ll be posting a collection of set photos here on the blog sometime soon.

Varying splendors for everyone!

“ROOM SERVICE” SHOT

I am happy to announce that as of 2:00am this morning, ROOM SERVICE, my first legitimate short film that I’ve written and directed, is “in the can”. That’s film-speak for “my film is shot… hoo-ray”.

I’m not trying to discount any of my previous directorial offerings, MUGSHOTS, SEPARATE WAYS, or JOG OR DIE, but I mean it when I say that ROOM SERVICE is my first shot at making a legitimate film with a budget, a professional cast, a professional crew operating professional gear. This is a far cry from me, my friends, and a Hi-8 camcorder making dick jokes.

ROOM SERVICE, which tells the story of a Wife confronting her husband’s mistress in a hotel room, will enter post-production shortly and endure a lengthy editing process. I’m so incredibly pleased with what we filmed over the past two days, we’re going to take our time getting everything right.

I would like to thank my cast (a million times over), Vanessa Walton Bone, Molly Dunsworth, Samantha Wilson and Mauralea Austin, as well as my crew, my Assistant Director, Ian Burns; Producer, Andrew Hicks; Director of Photography, Liam Higgins; Sound, Lauren Bell; and Wardrobe, Maria DeRozari. Thank you all for going above and beyond in helping me realize my vision.

For those of you who have helped me in the funding department, I haven’t forgotten about you. You’re now officially a part of the “Thank You Club”. I’ll be sending you a behind-the-scenes video in a few days, and as time goes on, I’ll be sharing a rough-cut or two for your private viewing pleasure. Nothing but the best for my family.

In related news, ACTRA Toronto’s monthly magazine, Performer’s, gave us a shout-out for our crowd-sourcing endeavour. Fun fun!

That’s all for now, I’m still coming down from the seemingly eternal high of directing a script that I wrote. I can’t thank those who have helped me enough. Really, I can’t.

More to come!