TOP 20 IN N.S.

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D’aw shucks, The Chronicle Herald has named me one of Nova Scotia’s “Top 20 Twenty-Somethings” in their annual round-up of young folks in N.S. who are kicking some butt.

I’m actually really honoured by the selection and happy to have had a chance to tell the Halifax film community how awesome I think they are via newspaper article…

TAPPING INTO FILMDOM’S WILD WEST

by Elissa Bernard

Filmmaker and actor Glen Matthews, 26, moved back home from Toronto to be part of “the real emergence of quality films that are coming out of here.”

“I was missing all these great roles!”

The Halifax-based, Lunenburg actor starred in Josh MacDonald’s The Corridor, a hit on thehorror/fantasy film festival circuit, and in all three of Jason Eisener’s films, the cult favourite Hobo with a Shotgun, the earlier Treevenge and Eisener’s first film Streets of Domination, which has never been released.

Matthews is editing it. “I think Streets of Domination is the most [ambitious] no-budget film made.”

Matthews shot videos with his friends when he was a kid dreaming of being a pro wrestler. “I moved to Halifax at 19 to pursue a career in graphic design and started taking classes at Neptune, and I met Jason Eisener and he put me in a film, so acting just happened to me.”

Down on his luck in Toronto, Matthews wrote a short film, Room Service, which he shot in Halifax in 2012 with actors Vanessa Walton-Bone, Molly Dunsworth, Samantha Wilson and Mauralea Austin.

“It was an amazing experience. I cast people I respect and know. I plan on having two more shorts in the can by next fall and the dream of dreams is to do a feature eventually.”

Room Service, the tale of a middle-aged woman confronting her husband’s mistress with unexpected consequences, premiered at the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala at the Atlantic Film Festival in September, and won best short film at the Parrsboro Film Festival.

“The next couple of short films I’m playing with are absurdist, a little bit. Holy Motors, that was probably my favourite film this year. I’m hoping there’s a resurgence of really fun but arty films.

“I follow the Walter Gretzky quote, ‘Don’t go where the puck is, go where it’s going to go.’”

Matthews will be on stage next spring in Poem for the Smallest Boy, written by his girlfriend, Halifax actor-writer Kristin Slaney.

“I love Halifax because I’m in control of my own career. Here, it feels like the Wild West. I can talk to filmmakers. There’s more of an open dialogue between everyone.”

(ebarnard@herald.ca)

Direct-link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/317513-tapping-into-filmdom-s-wild-west

*Photo by Ted Pritchard.

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PARTY IN THE USA


As of today, a vast majority of America now has the option to pick between two films I’ve worked on. Lucky America.

THE CORRIDOR, the horror/thriller which Fangoria Magazine calls “A masterful sci-fi thriller” is now available to almost 25 million Netflix subscribers as the film hit’s the Netflix Instant streaming service (the film is still available on Sony PSN, iTunes and others).

Picnicface’s debut feature film, ROLLER TOWN, which Twitch Film calls “…a funny, funny movie.” It hits digital American shelves in all sorts of places today. iTunes, Amazon, and Wal-Mart to name a few. Check your local digital listings.

And for my lovely countrymen, THE CORRIDOR is currently available in Canada on the Sony PSN, iTunes, Rogers, and a whole bunch of other ways. ROLLER TOWN will be hitting Canadian cinemas on the 21st of September!

Are we good?

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

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 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.

TV PARTY PODCAST INTERVIEW

Hello folks! I am an incredible fan of the podcast format, so it is with much joy that I share with you today an interview I did for 88.1FM CKDU’s TV PARTY PODCAST!

The interview, hosted by Stephan MacLeod and Ryan Delehanty, is 94 minutes long, so turn off that Christmas special, download this sucker onto your iPhone, and go for a long walk (no, I don’t care how cold it is outside).

TV Party interviews actor extraordinaire Glen Matthews about his failed quest to become a professional wrestler, learning to act, his roles in Hobo with a Shotgun, the Corridor, Streets of Domination, Game, Roller Town and much more.

To download my episode, as well as interviews with Josh MacDonald (writer of THE CORRIDOR), Jason Eisener (director of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), Mark Palermo (writer of DETENTION) as well as many others, please visit http://www.mediafire.com/?7r92bt7eiy51c

MacLeod and Delehanty told me that they plan to have the episodes of TV PARTY PODCAST available via iTunes later on in 2012, so be ready to do some subscribin’.

Happy holidays, everyone! I’ll be posting my top 11 films of 2011 list in a few days (movies I watched, not movies I was in — that would be exceptionally narcissistic) so stay tuned for that and be ready to argue with me!

“THE CORRIDOR” PICKED UP BY IFC!


IFC Midnight has slapped it’s own personal finder’s fee (inside joke for those of you who’ve seen our film) on the rights to distribute THE CORRIDOR within the United States of America!

Variety writes…

IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to “The Corridor,” the Canuck sci-fi/horror outing from debut helmer Evan Kelly.

The exact details of the release have yet to be revealed, but hopefully those of you in the land of the free and brave will soon be able to enjoy THE CORRIDOR in the comfort of your own home via IFC’s IFC On Demand.

Today is a good day.