THE CORRIDOR IN TORONTO


Just when you thought I was done yelling at you about our modestly budgeted, expectation-exceeding feature film, THE CORRIDOR, here I am…

To be honest, I thought that last month’s Video On Demand release would be the last of it, but I am oh so happy to be proven wrong. After a very successful run on VOD, our Canadian distributor D Films has decided that THE CORRIDOR is deserving of a limited theatrical run in Toronto.

Starting next Friday, May 18th at Projection Booth East (1035 Gerrard St. East), THE CORRIDOR will be running nightly at 9:00PM until at least the following Thursday, the 24th.

Given the choice between the cinema and a laptop, THE CORRIDOR is a film that really thrives on the cinematic and claustrophobic experience that a movie theatre can provide. So if you’re in Toronto, I highly suggest that you take this potentially-final opportunity to see this film on the big screen.

But whatever you do, don’t stop reading because the good folks over at Scene Creek have 5, count ’em, 5 double passes for the opening night screening, and you could win one of them! Head over to their website and tell them WHY YOU WANT TO SEE THE CORRIDOR for your chance to win! Contest deadline is May 15th at 11:59pm. http://scenecreek.com/news/toronto-the-corridor-premiere/

See you at the movies!

Update – 5/15/2012: Fangoria also now has tickets up for grabs for Friday’s premiere! http://www.fangoria.com/index.php/home/all-news/7079-toronto-win-tickets-to-see-qthe-corridorq-this-friday

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THE CORRIDOR IN THE CORRIDOR


Foreword: the following entry is meant to be read as a companion piece to THE CORRIDOR and contains a few mild-spoilers. 

During the process of taking THE CORRIDOR around to film festivals and showing it to audiences, I learned very early on that my favourite part of the Q&A session was always when the conversation would inevitably turn to “So, what exactly is ‘the corridor’?”

We, the cast, along with our director Evan Kelly, and our writer Josh MacDonald were fortunate enough to have five days of rehearsals before we started shooting THE CORRIDOR. A lot of questions were answered, and a lot of the relationships were established. One afternoon though, Evan asked us all what we thought the corridor was. He and Josh allowed us to sputter on for a few minutes each, without applauding or disproving any theories. Evan said “Interesting”, and that was the last discussion we had.

We were never given the answer (which I’m thankful for), but instead were left to find our own fear of, and beauty within “the corridor”.

What I’d like to do today, is offer up my own interpretation of the corridor, not as any sort of definitive answer, but instead to start up a conversation among those of you who’ve seen the film, and offer up your own meaning…

One substantial ingredient to my theory comes from a seemingly silly internet video called “We Are All Connected” by Symphony of Science. Symphony of Science takes videos of famous quantum physicists (ie. Carl Sagan and Neil Tyson Degrasse) talking about many of the universe’s wonders, and they auto-tune their voices and add music to them. See below:

Pretty darn awesome, eh?

Aside from being fairly catchy, there are also some really staggering facts and theories lobbed around in there. The line that stuck with me the most, however, was Carl Sagan’s simple explanation for everything: “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself“.

In the film, David Patrick Flemming‘s character Chris says of the corridor “It’s a probe. It’s seeking.”

For me, once I combined these two pieces of information, I started to view the corridor as an evaluation process. This was the universe’s way of “checking in”, by sending this probe and seeing who it really was, as a sentient being.

The corridor connects those who connect with it (ie. Ev, played by Jim Gilbert, sitting on the snowmobile, hearing conversations in the airplane), it also intensifies their desires and their thoughts, illuminating their primal instincts, showing their true selves so that they can be judged by the universe.

Once it saw the truth (or at least the truth amongst these five men): the pain they caused each other, the jealousy, the unhappiness, it didn’t like what it was seeing and decided to do away with them, in an act of disgust.

The probe moved forward, and would continue to move forward, towards the city, until it could find something in itself that it found to be admirable. It was Tyler’s (played by Stephen Chambers) sacrifice at the end of the film that the corridor AKA the universe found to be noble, and as a result, it stopped seeking.

Are you still with me? I feel like I may have scared a few of you off.

Now as I said, this is in no way a definitive answer, and as we learned a few days ago with Matt Groening revealing that the Springfield from THE SIMPSONS is in Oregon, definitive answers are no fun.

Now that I’ve shown you mine, please show me your theories of what exactly the corridor from THE CORRIDOR is

THE CORRIDOR is available now on Video On Demand in Canada via Bell VOD, iTunes, Sony, Xbox, Cogeco, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw VOD, Telus, VCC, Videotron, Google, RODO and in America on IFC On Demand, iTunes and others.

THE VACATION IS OVER


That’s it, that’s all. Three weeks later and THE NUN’S VACATION is done. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to walk away from it, I’m absolutely spent, but it’s definitely bittersweet.

My life as an actor has been spent bitching about either (A) not having work, or (B) being exhausted from work. Quickly, someone tell me to shut up!

I would like to thank all of the wonderful folks who helped bring this grassroots production to life. Firstly, the play’s producers and my co-stars Sandy Duarte and Stephen Chambers – I did not envy your workload, but you absolutely pulled it off. Our militant director Jack Grinhaus. Our stage manager Tanya Rintoul, who taught me the importance of Zip Zap Zop. Alyksandra Rowynne, who showed a profound passion for hemming pants. Johnny Nghiem, who knows how to build stuff, which I cannot. Dan Huziak, who took photos of us (see above). And the writer, Tom Walmsley, who, without his witty, dirty words, none of this could have been possible.

Thank you all.

Pardon me while I now complain loudly about not having any work.

THE CORRIDOR IN CANADA


The “long road” to film distribution, when it comes to independent filmmaking, can sometimes feel like a transcontinental flight, and this is certainly one of those cases.

After two years of doing the rounds at some of the globe’s premiere genre film festivals, I am thrilled (thrilled, I tells ya!) to announce that THE CORRIDOR, the feature film in which I have a lead role, is now available to my fellow countrymen here in Canada (also now in the USA), through various Video On Demand services…

Available in Canada via  iTunes, Sony (PS3), Xbox, Bell VOD, Cogeco, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw VOD, Telus, VCC, Videotron, Google, RODO.

I am damn proud of this film, which can be described as THE BIG CHILL meets THE THING, so I hope that you’ll give our modestly-budgeted, overly-ambitious film, a chance. This is probably what it feels like to have a child go off to school for the first time. Be nice to my child, my slightly-twisted, sci-fi/drama hybrid child.

A quick round-up of THE CORRIDOR’s reviews, stolen from Matt Singer at IndieWire:

Ryland AldrichTwitch:
“A taut thriller that wraps the audience in a blanket of paranoia without falling victim to the cliches that plague so many cabin-in-the-woods horrors.”

Scott WeinbergFEARnet:
“‘The Corridor’ may borrow themes and ideas from a handful of disparate sources, but in the end it all comes together with care and craftsmanship, and the result is one of the coolest Canadian chillers in years.”

James McCormickThe Criterion Cast:
“This is definitely a horror film that should be watched with the lights low, with a few friends that you would hopefully go away to a cabin in the woods and not kill.”

Travis KeuneWe Are Movie Geeks:
“Seamlessly blends human drama with science fiction, psychological and visceral horror, and even a touch of metaphysical philosophy for one of the more mesmerizing but accessibly cerebral films I’ve seen in years.”

Cole AbaiusFilm School Rejects:
“The story then goes off the deep end, but only slightly off the rails.”

Please let me know what you think of the film, if you catch it!

Update – April 9, 2012: THE CORRIDOR was iTunes’ #1 Horror film rental of the past week! I’m trying to play it cool right now, but there’s no way that’s happening.

NOW! MAGAZINE REVIEWS TNV


Jordan Bimm from Toronto’s most-read weekly magazine, NOW!, recently caught THE NUN’S VACATION and gave us 4 N’s out of a possible 5…

The cast is uniformly good, with Matthews standing out as funny and downright scary, and together all three make us believe in the lust and violence between every combination of characters possible.

You hear that? It’s the sound of me blushing.

Read the full review @ http://www.nowtoronto.com/stage/story.cfm?content=185938

Sonia Borkar from Mooney On Theatre also caught the play and had this to say…

For me, Glen Matthews stole the show. Talk about an outstanding performance. He blew me away with his rage and passion.

Read the full review @ http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2012/03/26/review-the-nuns-vacation-doghouse-riley-productions/

This is easily one of my favourite characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing and I’m so happy that he seems to be striking a cord (one way or another) with the audiences.

The play is only running until April 8th, so if you’re in Toronto, I hope you can make it out and catch the show. It’s something that we’re all very proud of and want to show to as many people as possible.

Visit the Facebook Event page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/103523239777179/

TNV OPENS FRIDAY

I tried to do one of those things where you take a picture a day, and then compile it and it looks awesome, but I forgot to take photos for the first 5 days of beard-growth, so yeah, I messed up. What do you want from me?

Myself along with the cast and crew of THE NUN’S VACATION are working tirelessly to bring you a fantastic piece of theatre starting this Friday! If you’re in Toronto, I invite you to come out and take in the play between March 23rd and April 8th at The Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor St. West)!

Here’s the Facebook event page for all of your info: http://www.facebook.com/events/103523239777179/

Today’s my only day off for two weeks, so please pardon the brief nature of this entry. I am going to enjoy a beer on a patio. Good day.

THE NUN’S VACATION


I’m not sure when I announce anything without excitement, but today is certainly no exception: I have been cast in Doghouse Riley Productions‘ staging of THE NUN’S VACATION, a new play by giftedly twisted (or twistedly gifted, take your pick) writer, Tom Walmsley.

This will be my (hopefully long-awaited) stage-debut in Toronto. I’m fairly happy about that.

The play will feature myself along with the talents of Doghouse Riley co-founders, Stephen Chambers (my co-star from THE CORRIDOR) and Sandy Duarte, the 2011 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Female, in Doghouse Riley’s previous show, BLOOD. Our director is Jack Grinhaus (2011 Dora Award nominee for The Grace Project: SICK).

The play will be running from late March to mid-April at the Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor St. West). Stay tuned for more info.

Photo by Dan Huziak.