About GlenJM

I'm an actor (The Corridor, Hobo With a Shotgun, Moby Dick, Roller Town, Haven). I also punched a tiger in the head at age three. No joshing. http://www.GlenMatthews.ca

FOAM DRIVE ONLINE!

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After a lengthy festival run, Adam DeViller’FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES is now available online for your viewing, and (even better) was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, one of the highest possible honours for a short film that has been placed online for the hungry, hungry masses.

This film was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had making movies, and I couldn’t be happier to finally share it with you:

http://vimeo.com/100034216

In other short news, Scott Simpson’s THE TOLL screened at Palms Springs International Film Fest a couple weeks back, and Cory Bowles’ RIGHTEOUS will be screening at LA Shorts Fest this Monday. Good stuff all around!

RIGHTEOUS AT HIFF

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This Monday, June 9th, Cory Bowles‘ short film, RIGHTEOUS, will have it’s long awaited world premiere at the 8th annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival as part of the Atlantic Auteurs program (which also features FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES).

RIGHTEOUS was originally shot a few years back, but due to Cory Bowles being the busiest man alive (or at least first runner-up for busiest), the film was put on the back-burner for a long, long time. I love the film’s story, Jeff Wheaton’s cinematography, and had such a great experience working on the set with Cory, so I’m just really thrilled this film is finally being shared.

Hope you can make it out.

Full listing of short films playing Monday available @ hiff.ca/portfolio/atlantic-auteurs/

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.

MERRITT NOMINATION

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Theatre Nova Scotia’s Robert Merritt Awards have announced their annual nominations for the past year in theatre and I have been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” for my part in Ships Company Theatre‘s DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER.

This is my second nomination for a Merritt award after 2011’s LOGAN & I.

The full list of nominees can be found @ merrittawards.ca/nominees/index.asp

Thank you to the cast and crew, who, quite literally, carried me through this production — I had my broken heel last May and was on crutches throughout the entire rehearsal process.

Save your “break a leg” jokes. I’ve heard them. All of them. Too many times.

“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/

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.

“LUCKIEST” ONLINE!

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Walter Forsythe‘s short film, THE LUCKIEST MOST UNLUCKY MAN IN THE WORLD (produced through Bravo!FACT), which played the Atlantic Film Festival in September, is now available for [you, yes you] you’re viewing!

I grew up worshipping MR. BEANACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE and other slapstick comedies, so this was my first chance to do the whole “physical humour” thing (insert SEX & VIOLENCE joke here) and I really loved it. For whatever reason, it’s not too often that I get to do family-friendly stuff, so please, grab yo’ kids and let the whole family laugh at this idiot bumping into things…

Script co-written by John Davies (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), and co-starring Amy Kerr and the forever-lovely, Vanessa Walton-Bone (whom you may have seen being awesome in my short film, ROOM SERVICE).

Thanks for watching!

Bravo!FACT link: http://www.bravofact.com/2014/01/14/the-luckiest-most-unlucky-man-in-the-world-2012/

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased as punch to share with you the 10 movies from 2013 that pushed me to the limits of emotional investment while sitting and / or laying in my bed! It’s been a damn great year in film. It was tough to pick just 10, but here we go!

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10. STORIES WE TELL: Sarah Polley’s documentary about her mother and the people who loved her starts off as a personal memoir then slowly becomes an exploration of the subjectivity and bias of memory. Great movie to watch with your family if you’re comfortable with uncomfortable silences with your family.

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9. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: If this is actually Stephen Soderbergh’s last film then it’s a damn shame. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are absolutely phenomenal in this love story gone freak-show, and let’s not forget there’s Scott Bakula with a moustache.

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8. Tie: SPRING BREAKERS and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Understandably nauseating for some but these two films were a large Tim Horton’s double-double of filth and debauchery for myself. Not something I would want every day, but when the time is right, when I need that extra kick, these two films will get me through to the end of the day with a helping of reckless abandon. Spring breakkkkkkkkkkkkk.
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0077. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Tom Hanks went full Hanks on this one.

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6. BEFORE MIDNIGHT: The third film in Richard Linklater’s incredible BEFORE series, BEFORE MIDNIGHT catches up with Jessy and Celine 18 years (EIGHTEEN DAMN YEARS) after the first film and continues to explore themes of life, true love, and the importance of walking.

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5. SHORT TERM 12: This film is such a damn home run on almost every level. It could have so easily slid into unbearable, noisy melodrama, but it always stays connected. Troubled teens? Bummer of a topic, sure, but Brie Larson and company guide it home with a gentle authenticity that invites you in (and then makes you weep).

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4. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: The Coen Brothers’ film about a musician who just can’t catch a break and is considering leaving his music behind him felt like an unwritten classic American novel. A perfect depiction of the fog an artist can find themselves in when a crisis of confidence arises. Oscar Isaac, you laid down one of the finest performances of the year, mixing drama, comedy and music, you my boy.

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3. A FIELD IN ENGLAND: I don’t think I’ve ever had a film invite me into it’s madness in such a way as this. Absolutely poetic and insane. I’ll let Martin Scorsese tell you what he thinks of the film “Audacious and wildly brilliant – a stunning cinematic experience.” Marty’s on board, so why aren’t you?! 

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2. HER: If you can agree to meet HER on it’s not-really-that-far-fetched premise, then you’ll be in for one helluva fascinating exploration of modern love. I feel for anyone who decided to laugh this one off, because it has so much heart and soul. Joaquin Phoenix, give me your powers (and your agent and manager’s contact information too, plz).

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1: THE ACT OF KILLING: Between 1965 and 66 in Indonesia, there was a government takeover where death squads brutally murdered between 500,000 and 2 million Chinese and anyone suspected of being Communist. The people who committed these acts are still in power and have never been held accountable for their actions.

THE ACT OF KILLING catches up with a group of these men, in their 50s and 60s, celebrated as war-heroes, and the documentary filmmakers encourage them to re-enact the murders and re-create them on film, and they agree to do so, hoping that the Indonesian public can see how heroic they were.

This film took me everywhere, I was mortified, shedding tears, and literally slapping my knee laughing a minute later. It’s a tough watch, and puts you through the ringer, but it’s finale is perhaps the most compelling thing I’ve ever seen put to film.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Enough Said, Sightseers, This Is The End, Frozen, Thor 2, and other stuff.

Movies are fun, right guys?

“SEX & VIOLENCE” EP. 1

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OUTtv has made the first episode of Thom Fitzgerald‘s SEX & VIOLENCE available online for absolutely free! Check out Olympia Dukakis doing her thing right here: http://videos.outtv.ca/channel/sex–violence/894

According to OUTtv, this is the only episode that will be made available online for free, so if you want to watch the rest of the series, you’re going to have to subscribe to OUTtv, so do that, and tell them Glen sent ya’!

Oh, I’m not sure if it needs to be said or not, but SEX & VIOLENCE is NSFW.

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.