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

“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.

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

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This Saturday (the 28th) at 2:00pm at the Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street), I’ll be taking part in one of the most fantastically strange projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on, WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT. Why so strange, you ask?

Imagine being 29 and unable to leave your country. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play. He turns his isolation to his advantage with a play that requires no director, no set, and a different actor for each performance.

You read that correctly, no director, no set, and when I perform, it will be the first time that I’ve even seen the script.

So yeah, I have absolutely no idea what to expect, so I hope you’ll come out on Saturday afternoon and hold my hand while I work through this terrifying experience.

Here’s the WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/522598131168302/

Side note: I don’t know all of the details behind Soleimanpour‘s conflicts with the Iranian government, but it seems like there are some similarities between his story and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was the subject of the 2012 documentary, THIS IS NOT A FILM, which was made as a result the Iranian government banning Panahi from making films for twenty years. Here’s the trailer:

“SEX & VIOLENCE” TRAILER

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Thom Fitzgerald‘s SEX & VIOLENCE, a six-part mini-series which I had the pleasure of partaking in, released the first trailer for the series, which will air this November on OUTtv.

You can watch the trailer @ outtv.ca/channel/sex–violence/811/5542

Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, leads the mostly local cast in the mini-series that I have come to describe as “THE WIRE meets ‘gay’”. Now, I may have oversimplified the show in my description there, but it’s a really fantastic story that I hope you’ll be watching this winter.

Find out how to get OUTtv here: http://outtv.ca/order/

“SAVING FACE” UPDATE!

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Want to see me get power-slammed, suplexed and power-bombed by professional wrestlers? Well you’ll have to throw down some of your hard-earned dollars into the SAVING FACE IndieGoGo campaign (click here) first!

For now, check out the teaser video of all of the moves being performed on me (you sick person, you)!

Head over to http://igg.me/at/saving-face/x/185544 to review the mountain of perks that we have offered up and make your donation! We still have 24 days left in the campaign and a few days left of shooting! Fun for all!

PS. CBC’s SHORT FILM FACE-OFF concludes tonight at 8:00pm (AST)! ROOM SERVICE is still in the running for the $40k in production resources, so be sure to tune in and keep your fingers crossed!

Update – 09/23/13: The campaign currently sits $300 away from the final goal of $2,000, which means that the powerslam video and the suplex video have been released. Please enjoy…

VOTE ROOM SERVICE!

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ROOM SERVICE has advanced to the finals of CBC’s national competition, SHORT FILM FACE OFF! I now have a chance at winning $40,000 in production resources if we can garner enough votes!

How do you you vote? Well, voting opens this Saturday at 9:00pm and goes for ONLY 27 HOURS until Sunday night at 11:59pm, so we’ll have to be quick and make a lot of noise! You’ll be able to vote as much as you like by both phone and internet (details will be available @ http://www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff/ ), so please do so!

Winning this competition would be a large leap forward for my career as a filmmaker and I hope you can assist me in making it.

Head over to the Facebook event page if you’d like to be sent a reminder: https://www.facebook.com/events/195902980585745/