WHAT WORKED FOR ME

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I’ve decided to do something fun: I’ll be hosting an acting workshop next month (Sunday March 15th & 22nd). I’ve called it WHAT WORKED FOR ME because it just that, a collection of things, big and small, that have worked for me in the acting profession.

This workshop will focus on self-promotion and auditioning technique. It is built to give actors at all levels the skills to (1) promote your work efficiently, by converting self-promotion into opportunities, and to then (2) capitalize on those opportunities with strong auditioning habits.

If you’re in Halifax next month and want to take part, send an email to glenmatthewsworkshop@gmail.com to reserve a spot (spaces are limited).

For more info, head over to the Facebook event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1540750282866249/

Thanks guys, should be fun.

TOP 10 OF 2014

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There was a whole lot to love this year in the cinema including him up there, Monsieur Gustav H., AKA Ralph “the incredible” Fiennes in Wes Anderson‘s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which just so happens to be my number one favourite film of 2014!

Go ahead, throw your hipster jokes in my direction, I don’t give one damn and / or shit, GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is straight-up magical (not to mention hilarious, and at times, oddly terrifying). Moving at the speed of a freight-train, anchored by Ralph Fiennes insanely, insanely entertaining and precise performance, this film just doesn’t stop with the magic. I know there’s a lot of people out there who just can’t do Wes Anderson, and I get it, I do, sometimes I also find his style overbears his substance, but GRAND BUDAPEST is the perfect marriage of the two and for me, feels like his best film yet.

Here is the remaining 9 films, in no particular order, that I loved oh-so dearly…

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THE GUEST

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NIGHTCRAWLER

guardiansGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

whiplashWHIPLASH

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

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SNOWPIERCER

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FRANK

onlyloversleftaliveONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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CAST NO SHADOW

I think most of the films on my list have done their fair share of business (I’m looking at you, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), so I’d like to encourage you to keep an eye out for CAST NO SHADOW, the Newfoundland feature film which cleaned up the awards at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival. It was honestly one of the best Canadian films I’ve ever seen. Head to their Facebook page and give ‘em a like to keep track of their progress: https://www.facebook.com/castnoshadowmovie

WHAT I MISSED: INHERENT VICE, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, KUNG FU ELLIOT, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, BORGMAN and a bunch of other stuff.

That’s it for 2014! It was a good one! Here’s hoping STAR WARS EP. 7 will be everything the child in me wants it to be and you’ll be seeing it on here next January.

Thanks for reading (er, looking at jpegs)!

SAVING FACE TEASER

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Fresh off the heels of winning the Outlier Film Fest’s Audience Award for Best Short Film (link), SAVING FACE, now has a teaser trailer! I wrote, directed and starred in this weird wrestling film, so enjoy this damn thing!

Still a few months away from a web release, so stay tuned to here for more festival news!

MATT CHISHOLM

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In November Halifax lost one of it’s finest contributors to the film & television community, Matt Chisholm.

I’m going to do a terrible job of eulogizing him because he was a very good friend and it still sucks way too hard to think about the fact that he’s gone now, but (here we go) he was a writer, actor, crew-member and honest to god, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Seriously, so goddamn funny. Basically everyone in Halifax has a story (or five) about Matt’s kindness and generousity. I’m lucky to have known him. We all were.

I’ve worked with Matt a million times in my career, but I’m most proud of our work together on-screen in FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES, which Matt co-wrote alongside Adam Deviller.

This past summer, over the course of a few drinks, I told Matt that FOAM DRIVE is honestly one of the things I’m most proud of in my career, and I really mean that, I love it’s blend of absurd comedy and tension, and mostly, I loved acting with Matt. It really sucks to know that I’ll never share the screen with him again, but I am so thankful that I’ll always have FOAM DRIVE to remember those cold nights in Dartmouth we all spent making this damn thing.

If you didn’t know him, I’m sorry, give the flick a watch and hopefully that’ll help, but you missed out on knowing one helluva human being…

Love ya, brother.

NOVEMBER ROUND-UP

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The Coast, Halifax’s beloved weekly newspaper, 20 years going, recently released their Best Of Halifax Awards, and the people of this fine city voted for me as the “Best Male Film/TV Actor“! A huge honour for which I am all sorts bashful. Read the write-up below…

If you attended the Atlantic Film Festival this year, you may have noticed that Glen Matthews is a machine. He had a busy year, and AFF was evidence of that—six movies he worked on, including Saving Face (which he wrote, directed and starred in) and features Heartbeat and Lure put his face all over the silver screen that week. With all his spare time (har har), he also worked TV shows Sex and Violence and Seed and won a competition to appear in a Robert Rodriguez short. He does it all, but says perhaps it’s time for a breather. “I realized a few months ago that I think I’m ready to take a step back from acting,” says Matthews of what’s next for him. “I feel like I’m at a buffet, and I’m making the responsible decision to not eat any more. I’ll always act, because I love it, especially with friends, but I’m ready to find that next passion in my life.”

Original post: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-male-film-tv-actor/BestOf?oid=4452250

In other news, FLAG ON THE PLAY picked up it’s third consecutive win for Best Web Production!

OUTLIER FILM FEST:
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Halifax! Your next (and perhaps final) chance to see my latest writing / directorial effort, SAVING FACE on the big screen will come as part of Outlier Film Festival on Saturday, November 29th. The film will be paired with DEAD SNOW 2, also known as “the zombie-Nazi film”. Always an honour to be paired with zombie-Nazis.

The festival has put together an absolutely jam-packed schedule of bizarre films, so check it out: http://outlierfilmfestival.com/2014program/

UPDATEDEC. 16 / 14: SAVING FACE has won the Outlier Film Fest’s Audience Award for Best Short Film! Huzzah! http://outlierfilmfestival.com/

SEX & VIOLENCE SEASON 2:
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Production has started on OutTV’s second season of SEX & VIOLENCE. I cannot confirm if I will be violent and / or sexy (no spoilers), but I will be taking part in the show again.

Missed the first season? Well don’t you worry because iTunes has the entire thing! See? I told you not to worry. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/tv-season/sex-violence-season-1/id885170105

PRESENCE ONLINE

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With Halloween fast approaching, you’re probably looking for daily “spook fix”, well look no further because Colin MacDonald‘s PRESENCE, which I co-wrote, produced and starred in, is now available on the internet. Be warned, there is disturbing content (ie. “spook fix”).

PRESENCE tells the story of Kyle, a struggling musician who may be losing his grip on reality when he starts hearing strange noises, imperceptible to those around him.


And if you’re still thirsting for some more spook (y’sick bastards), be sure to check out Josh MacDonald‘s GAME, which was named a Vimeo Staff Pick earlier this year…