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
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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 
short film
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.

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THE HOLD UP

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Here’s the first still frame from Struan Sutherland‘s upcoming short film, THE HOLD UP, featuring myself, Pasha Ebrahimi, Dave Rosetti Mike McLeodThe film was produced through the Atlantic Film Co-Operative’s Film 5 program.

Expected release date, and all subsequent LULZ, scheduled for this Fall.

OCTOBER ROUND-UP

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October has been very, very good to me. Here’s a rundown of everything I’ve been up to (not included: pumpkin carving and gourd juggling)…

Early in the month, I starred in Scott Simpson‘s short film, THE TOLL (pictured above), alongside Emma Rosen, Pasha Ebrahimi and Mark Owen.

Two weeks ago, I shot an episode of CityTV’s SEED. Episode 6 of the 2nd season, to be exact. The 2nd season will begin airing in early 2014, until then head over to the CityTV website and catch up on da’ funnies:
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/seed/posts/episodes/

Last week I started work on Andrea Dorfman‘s locally produced feature film, HEARTBEAT. “After her boyfriend leaves town, Justine, depressed and unfulfilled, picks up her neglected guitar which takes her on a journey that gets her heart beating for the first time in years.” Head over to the HEARTBEAT Facebook page to stay up to date: http://www.facebook.com/heartbeatthemovie

Last but damn well not least, principal photography on my next short film, SAVING FACE, is now complete and we’re headed into the editing suite (AKA my desk) very shortly! I just sent out the t-shirts, cards, and other IndieGoGo perks earlier today:
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October, you’re my bro.

“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!

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!

“GAME” WEBSITE


Josh MacDonald‘s (screenwriter of THE CORRIDOR) debut venture into the world of directing, GAME, now has a website, which includes some never before seen still-frames from the short film.

Above, Andrea Norwood is seen taking a light jog in the forest woods after her morning tea (note: I cannot guarantee that is correct context of this photo).

Head on over to GameShortFilm.com for more photos, and a look at the entire creative team, cast and crew! The film has just picture-locked under the editing talents of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN director Jason Eisener. A trailer should be coming soon.

Also be sure to Like GAME on the official Facebook page: Facebook.com/GameShortFilm.

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