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.

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

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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/

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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 
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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.

LURE

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Happy to inform you that I have been cast in Jesse Harley‘s (IMDb link) debut feature-film, LURE, which will shoot in Halifax & Dartmouth over the next few weeks.

Lure is a psychological thriller that follows the story of grad student Rebecca Markowitz (Andrea Norwood). Rebecca is sent to a Nova Scotia prison to interview Eric Daltry (Glen Matthews), an Internet predator who has been accused of killing three women. As she probes into Daltry’s mind her education and personal life begin to crumble as she struggles with her own hidden demons.

The cast is basically a who’s who of Nova Scotian actors who I’ve wanted to work with: Molly Dunsworth, Richard Donat, John Dunsworth and Hugh Thompson.

We’ve got a great story, great cast, great team behind it, I’m really excited to get to work.

BEST OF HALIFAX!


Whoa! I have been voted as Halifax’s Favourite Film/Television Actor by the readers of The Coast, Halifax’s most widely read free newspaper/magazine. This is an incredible honour that I accept with shameful, nerd-like enthusiasm (indicated above with Simba singing “Oh I just can’t wait to be king”).

Write up stolen from TheCoast.ca (http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-filmtv-actor-male/BestOf?oid=2756659)…

They used to call James Brown the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business. Now that moniker belongs to Glen Matthews. Check this: He was in *Hobo with a Shotgun* (the fake trailer and the feature), *The Corridor*, *Roller Town* and the TV series *Haven.* He treads the boards locally on a regular basis—he was nominated for a Merritt Award last year for his work in *Logan and I* and this month he’ll be in Halifax Theatre for Young People’s *In the Fall*. And he acts in short films, including Josh MacDonald’s Bridge Award short *Game,* Cory Bowles’ *Righteous* and he directed his first short film recently, *Room Service*. He feels good, as he knew he would. Get down with his bad self at glenmatthews.ca.

The move to Toronto (I won’t lie) has been a tough one. Uprooting myself from my home, my love, my friends, my family, in search of an intangible goal is a difficult task to maintain and stand behind without instant gratification. This serves as a wonderful reminder that while I may not be here with you in Halifax, that you incredible bastards are still standing behind me, cheering me on.

Thank you Halifax, I am truly feeling the love.

If you’re free tonight (Thursday, November 3rd), come on out to The Coast’s Best Of Awards at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 6:30pm. Click here to download your invite: http://www.thecoast.ca/parties/TheCoast-BOHParty.pdf

If you voted for me, please tell me. I owe you a big hug.

Update (11/6/2011): WINNER (See below)!

TWO MEN, TWO COWS, TWO GUNS

Filmmaker/Haligonian/stand-up-comedian/actor/fellow-blogger Pardis Parker (pardisparker.com) has released his new short film, TWO MEN, TWO COWS, TWO GUNS to the internet after a lengthy stint on the film festival circuit.

I had nothing to do with the film whatsoever, I just wanted to share this fun short flick from a fellow Haligonian blogger. Blog solidarity. Pardis’ previous short film AFGHAN (Click here to watch), starring himself & Picnicface’s Mark Little, remains one of my favourite short films ever produced in the Maritimes.

For now, enjoy this new offering from Parker starring the awesome talents of John Dunsworth, Sherry Smith and Levi MacDougall

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