AFF 2014 ROUND-UP

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Another year, another Atlantic Film Festival! This year’s program launch boasts six films that I worked on (a personal-best). Five films that I performed in, and one that I wrote and directed…

SAVING FACE, short film
A masked duo–red and blue–of wrestlers face a crisis of identity in this lavishly produced and energetically shot surrealistic short drama.
-Directed by: Glen Matthews
-Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 5 – Sunday, September 14, 9:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Wednesday, September 17, 4:30PM – Cineplex Park
Lane, Theatre 7

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LURE
 feature film
As grad student Rebecca Markowitz (Andrea Norwood) delves into the psyche of a twisted internet predator (Glen Matthews), she finds herself getting in deeper than she ever intended, not only with the predator, but with her own inner demons.
-Directed by: Jesse Harley
-Screening: Friday, September 12, 9:15PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 4

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HEARTBEAT
feature film
Left with a relationship broken and a dream unfulfilled, Justine (Tanya Davis) opens her world to the unexpected and finds strength in the beat of her heart.
-Directed by: Andrea Dorfman
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Screening: Friday, September 12, 7:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatres 5, 7 & 8
http://www.heartbeat-movie.com/

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THE TOLL
short film
In this suspense-filled action short, a toll booth attendant’s life is thrown into turmoil when a car crashes into his toll plaza. Scott Simpson’s suspense-filled action short combines the tale of a timid toll collector, two thugs, a bag of money and a femme fatale in a combustible mix of tension, humour and humanity.
-Directed by: Scott Simpson
-Screening: CBC ATLANTIC SHORTS GALA – Sunday, September 14, 7:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatres 7 & 8 – Encore Screening: Thursday, September 18, 8:00PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 5

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RIGHTEOUS
short film
In this curiously provocative race relations short, an African Nova Scotian man is followed around a clothing store by a nervous clerk, with unexpectedly moving results.
-Directed by: Cory Bowles
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Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 2 – Saturday, September 13, 1:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Monday, September 15, 2:00PM – Cineplex Park
Lane, Theatre 8

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THE HOLD UP 
short film
A possible way to secure funds from a bank is explored–multiple times–in this fast-paced, funny and subversive Film5 entry from AFCOOP.
-Directed by: Struan Sutherland
-Screening: ATLANTIC SHORTS 5 (alongside SAVING FACE) – Sunday, September 14, 9:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 8 – Encore Screening: Wednesday, September 17, 4:30PM – Cineplex Park Lane, Theatre 7

So yeah! Feeling pretty damn spiffy right about now. For a full list of all of the Atlantic films, click this thang:
http://atlanticfilm.com/sites/default/files/files/PDF_2014_AFF_AtlanticProgramFilms_Aug06.pdf

Congrats to all of the filmmakers and people who worked so hard to get stuff up on the screen this year. Looking forward to consuming as much of it as humanly possible.

“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.

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/

CBC’S SHORT FILM FACE OFF

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I am thrilled to share the news that my directorial debut, ROOM SERVICE, has been selected by the CBC to represent the Maritimes in this year’s SHORT FILM FACE OFF! Each year, the CBC selects 9 short films from across the country to duke it out for a chance at winning $40k in production funding.

And guess what? It’s all going to be broadcast on national television this August where YOU will then have a chance to vote for your favourite film! Pretty neat, huh?

It’s just about time to get #VoteRoomService trending.

More info, including the rest of the filmmakers & panelists: http://www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff/

Updated: May 3, 2013: I just created a Facebook event page for the TV taping on the 13th, which includes info on how to get free tickets!
http://www.facebook.com/events/532976963415686/

BUNKER 6

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Today’s Chronicle Herald dished some details about Greg Jackson‘s feature directorial debut, BUNKER 6 (Link: Filming of Bunker 6 thriller starts in Debert).

Bunker 6 tells the story of Grace, who has lived in Nuclear Bunker No. 6 since she was a young girl. After the death of Lewis, her mentor, father figure and the bunker’s technician, Grace is left to take charge of the mechanics. As things begin to break down all around her and thoughts of the outside world haunt her, she must continue her struggle not just to survive, but to live.

The wonderful cast has been revealed, and I am very happy to be a part of it. In the bunker, I’ll be joined by Andrea Lee Norwood (my prey in GAME), Molly Dunsworth (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN ROOM SERVICE), Jim Fowler, Shelly Thompson & Daniel Lillford.

I’m actually just heading out the door right now on my way to Debert (where we’re shooting in a legitimate bomb shelter from the 50s), so please pardon the abrupt nature of this post.

Chronicle Herald link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/634800-filming-of-bunker-6-thriller-starts-in-debert

THANKS AFF / LUNENBURG SCREENING!


Above, myself and Vanessa Walton-Bone, star of my short film ROOM SERVICE, glam it up at the Atlantic Film Festival’s closing gala held this past Thursday.

Why did it take me almost an entire week to trudge back to the computer and write a post thanking the AFF? Because I don’t know if I’ve ever been quite so exhausted in all of my life. Thank you AFF for testing the limits of human endurance.

Also: thank you AFF for featuring my directorial debut, ROOM SERVICE, n’ stuff. That was awfully nice of you.

Those of you who know me know just how much it meant for me to have this film play here in Halifax. For those of you who don’t know me, please know that Halifax is as much a part of me as anything could possibly be, and it means everything to me to share this film with my peers here in Halifax.

Thanks for the experience, AFF. Looking forward to many more.

In other ROOM SERVICE news, the film will be playing in my home-home-town of Lunenburg County next Wednesday and Thursday the 3rd and 4th of October at Empire Theatres Bridgewater as part of the Lunenburg County Film Series.

**I will be in attendance on Thursday evening, introducing the films and eating popcorn.**

I couldn’t have wished for a better 2012 release to be paired with as we’ll be playing before the ever-so-whimsical feature film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which I am madly in love with ever since seeing it last month.

Tickets are $8 and the screenings start at 7:00pm.

Here’s the Facebook Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/447264695324035/

Until next time, wash up, ye’ stinkers!

Update – 10/3/12: I wanted to add a photo of the crew who helped make ROOM SERVICE. Left to right, my Cinematographer, Liam Higgins, my Producer, Andrew Hicks, meee, and my Assistant Director Ian Burns. And yes, I chose them all based solely on their gentlemenly good looks.