22 MINUTES WEB SERIES


If you look long and hard behind that dirty moustache, you’ll notice that the guy with the soup is actually than none other than myself as the oh-so loveable Neal on the brand new THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES web series, 22 @ 20.

To watch episode 3 of 22 @ 20 featuring Neal himself, click here: http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/original-series/22-20-episode-3.html

Fun fact: all the money that was supposed to go towards CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA was given to me instead. Sorry hockey fans.

Update – 11/14/12: Episode six, also featuring the affable Neal has just been uploaded!  http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/videos/original-series/22-20-episode-6.html

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.

FANTASTIC FEST IN ONE WEEK


We are one-exciting-week away from THE CORRIDOR‘s Austin, Texas premiere at the 2011 Fantastic Fest!

Fresh off of claiming it’s “Best Canadian Feature Film” Audience Award at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest, and being called “one of the coolest Canadian chillers in years” by Mr. Scott Weinberg (FearNet link), THE CORRIDOR is looking to hit the ground running in Austin.

The film plays twice: Friday, September 23rd, 5:45 pm at the Alamo Lamar Theatre 6, and Sunday, September 25th, 11:45 am at the Alamo Lamar Theatre 2.

Know anyone in or headed to Fantastic Fest? You damn well better spread the word or else I’ll send a weird, inexplicable, force-field (also known as a “corridor”) to come mess your life up.

Check out the trailer below and visit THE CORRIDOR’s page on the Fantastic Fest website for all other info!

SOUND ON SIGHT REVIEWS “THE CORRIDOR”

Recently dubbed one of the Top 10 Podcasts for filmmakers to listen to by Movie Maker Magazine, SOUND ON SIGHT Radio caught up with THE CORRIDOR in Montreal at Fantasia Fest, and had this to say on their airwaves (podwaves?)…

To listen to the entire episode, which includes an extensive interview with THE CORRIDOR’s screenwriter Josh MacDonald, check out the following link… http://www.soundonsight.org/sordid-cinema-podcast-28-best-of-canadian-genre-film-2011/

Big thanks to Ricky D and Justine Smith for their kind words, as well as the rest of the Sound on Sight team for featuring Canadian films prominently in their coverage. Well done, chaps.

Please check out the Sound on Sight website @ http://www.soundonsight.org and also give them a listen on iTunes!

THE CORRIDOR WINS FANTASIA AWARD!


This is a big one, folks: THE CORRIDOR has been chosen by the Montreal audiences as the Best Canadian / Quebecois Feature Film at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival (as reported by the FantasiaHollywood Reporter & Dread Central)!

A big THANK YOU to Mitch Davis, and everyone involved with Fantasia, an absolute beast of a film festival. I’m pretty sure we’re all still dumbfounded by the honour bestowed upon us by your audiences. Thank you!

Photo above provided by Isabelle Stephen.

THE CORRIDOR AT FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL!

Great news to announce today: THE CORRIDOR will be included as part of one of the greatest film festivals in North America, Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal! The festival, which specializes in genre filmmaking, has been relentlessly showcasing the best in “off-kilter” cinema for the past fifteen years. Mr. Quentin Tarantino had this to say about INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS‘ inclusion in the 2009 lineup…

I was thrilled that my film, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, made its North American premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia, as they are the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.

THE CORRIDOR, a horror-thriller about male-bonding and miscommunication (THE BIG CHILL slammed into THE THING), is set to hit the Fantasia screens twice:

-Thursday July 21 – 7:25pm at JA De Seve Cinema &
-Monday July 25 – 1:00pm, once again at JA De Seve Cinema!
Tickets will be made available soon at the Fantastic Fest website.

Myself, along with co-stars Stephen Chambers, Jim Gilbert & David Patrick Flemming, as well as director Evan Kelly and writer Josh MacDonald will all be in attendance for the screening on the 21st, followed by a Q&A. I sadly won’t be in Montreal for the screening on the 25th, and since I’m completely self-involved, I have no idea what’s on slate for that screening.

President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Brent Simon gave THE CORRIDOR an A- rating in his review

This a fabulously effective feature debut for Kelly, and a work that bodes well for all of the talent involved, both on screen and behind the camera.

I’m apparently going quote-crazy this blog entry, but I couldn’t help but share HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN director, Jason Eisener‘s thoughts on THE CORRIDOR, stolen from his Tumblr page

With director Evan Kelly, and the amazing cast, they created a beautiful suspense film. Each character has attributes we can all connect with, and when the pressure of the Corridor comes down hard on this group of friends, you can’t help but feel like you’re stuck in the middle of the suspense. 

Please come out to our quaint, little cabin in the woods. We would love to have your company…

Also at the fest is Joseph Kahn‘s DETENTION, written by the spiteful-Haligonian (I kid, I kid), Mark Palermo! Check out the loaded Fantasia program over @ http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2011/en/

See you all in the city of love (?)!

THE CORRIDOR IN BOSTON


I am ever-so-pleased to report that Evan Kelly‘s THE CORRIDOR will be having it’s United States premiere later on this month in the fine state of Massachusetts! The Boston Underground Film Festival will be screening the film twice; March 26th at 4:30p and March 29th at 7:15p, both screenings to take place at Kendall Sqaure Cinema.

They have a terrific write-up on their website, which even compares which original STAR TREK episode it most closely resembles. The writer, Nicole McConvery offers up a quick review of the film to entice the Mass-holes…

The unfolding action is fiercely unpredictable and thoroughly chilling; a madcap mania overtakes them one by one. This Guys Gone Wild(ly Insane) weekend resonates somewhere between Stand By Me and Event Horizon. At times heartwarming, but mostly horrific, The Corridor is darkly engrossing; hard to look at, but also hard to look away from, it’s a terrifying character study of group dynamics under supernatural pressure.

So if you’re in Boston, or know some folks from Beantown, persuade them to attend the screenings for one “wicked pissa” of a good time! I have officially exhausted my Boston-terminology.

Side note: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN will also be screening at BUFF. But if you have to pick one film, please pick the one where you can see my pretty face: THE CORRIDOR. What a pitch, eh?

NEWS ROUNDUP


As I’m sure many of you already know, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is opening in Canadian cinemas in 3 week’s time on March 25th! The film is continuing it’s festival run (Eisener took his pants off during the intro in Glasgow for some reason), and will play later on this month in Austin, Texas as part of the uber-everything fest, SXSW. Following the 25th, the film will be available On Demand April 1st, and hits United States’ cinemas on May 6th. Fun! The official HWAS webpage is now live @ http://www.magnetreleasing.com/hobowithashotgun/

In other HOBO news, Mr. Zan Rosborough has uploaded the video he shot of our venture down south to Sundance, where you can see our exploits, including our venture into the Playboy Lounge (that’s where Utah keeps their scantily clad women). View @ http://vimeo.com/20317896


A few days ago, a bunch of internet-bloggers picked up THE CORRIDOR‘s trailer. One of my favourite movie-blogs, TwitchFilm wrote about their excitement for the film (Todd Brown specifically), so that’s pretty damn cool if I may say so. Somebody get this bastard a screener! Check out the article: http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/03/what-horrors-lie-down-the-corridor.php

My ladyfriend Kristin Slaney recently starred in Journeyman Films’ advertisement for the Nova Scotia Business initiative to bring video game developers to Nova Scotia…

She’s fairly enticing, yes?


As if one film from Halifax conquering Hollywood wasn’t enough, Joseph Kahn‘s DETENTION is poised to do some conquering of it’s own. Shot in LA, I don’t think it can be considered a Halifax production whatsoever, but the film’s writer Mr. Mark Palermo is as Nova Scotian as they come (he’ll probably overanalyze & interpret that as an insult). The film will be joining HOBO in Austin later this month for it’s world premiere at SXSW! Check out the trailer over @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UkdZd_muq4 Fun, right?

And lastly but not leastly, I spent another day working with the wonderful students at Toronto Film School (the people who shot the Greendustries commercial I was in) filming a music video. I’ll post it when it’s available, but until then, just know that I wore a novelty mustache ala Daniel Day Lewis (in either GANGS OF NEW YORK or THERE WILL BE BLOOD, take your pick).

And exhale.