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Vancouver filmmaker Matthew Campbell vies for CineCoup’s Million Dollar Prize with his feature film “The Wounded” starring Patrick Sabongui

The Promotion PeopleFilm follows Afghani father’s trek to Canada to find revenge against the man who killed his son

Filmmaker Matthew Campbell has submitted his action-packed thriller, The Wounded to the social media platform CineCoup, answering their call for indie filmmakers to post trailers of their projects and navigate their way through the selection process. The final five films (voted by fans) will be optioned for development. Among those five is the $1 million prizewinner.

The Wounded is a story of two fathers. The emotional thriller focuses on Naseer (Patrick Sabongui) an average working-class man from Afghanistan who travels to Canada to seek revenge on the Marine (Rob Hayter) responsible for his son’s death. Meanwhile, Patrick (the marine) is grappling with the effects of war on his mental health while desperately trying to patch things up with his own family upon his return. When Naseer puts a plan into motion hoping for justice, both fathers are pushed to the unthinkable as they come to terms with the effects of violence in their lives.

“Think of the classic American ‘my family is dead, now I will avenge them’ flick, a.k.a. Collateral Damage,” Campbell explains. “But put the twist on a normal Afghani, middle class father who has never willed ill upon anyone, who decides to make the trek to North America to find the man who killed his son believing this will bring him peace.”

For The Wounded, Matthew pulled together a great cast to join Patrick Sabongui (The Flash, Godzilla, 300) who plays Naseer, the Afghan father who wants revenge for Patrick the soldier who killed his son played by Rob Hayter (Falling Skies, The 100). Paula Giroday (Once Upon a Time, Psych) who plays the mother and Madison Guppy (Fringe, Jake and Jasper) plays the daughter. Sasha Proctor (Underworld: Awakening, Arrow) is the Director of Photography and Leif Haydale (The Interview, White House Down) coordinated the stunts.

Over the last eight years, Matthew Campbell has worked on some of Vancouver’s most buzzed-about projects – including hit shows like Arrow, Godzilla, and the upcoming Disney flick Tomorrowland starring George Clooney. Now the young director is gearing up to helm his very first feature, The Wounded, with the potential help of a $1 million prize.

Voting for the Top 60 opens April 6 and runs for the following four days. Campbell hopes to make it all the way to the Top 5. The Wounded trailer has garnered seven pages worth of comments on the movie’s CineCoup page – most of which are overwhelmingly positive. One user wrote it was an “action-packed teaser with great stunts!” Another commented: “Great action and editing, looks like strong acting as well. I’ll be following this one!”

Campbell has been hard at work on this project for more than a year. He’s personally invested nearly $35,000 into the film and received an amazing amount of help from friends in the industry. Next up is a longer ‘investor’s trailer’ featuring visual effects from ILM, the Oscar-winning studio that’s worked on blockbusters such as Star Wars and Transformers.

To vote and share the project, visit www.thewoundedmovie.com.

The Promotion PeopleWhen to Vote
The three Voting Windows are:
Top 60:
April 6 @ 9 PM ET – April 10 @ 9 PM ET
Top 30:
April 20 @ 9 PM ET – April 24 @ 9 PM ET
Top 15:
May 4 @ 9 PM ET – April 8 @ 9 PM ET

About Matthew Campbell:
Born just outside of Vancouver in Delta, B.C., Matthew Campbell grew up having two strong passions: film and adventure. As a kid, he loved to climb, slide and jump on anything and everything he possibly could. He followed through on both interests by going into film and working on action-packed movies and shows. The young filmmaker landed his first industry gig as a production assistant for the sci-fi drama The Last Mimzy.

Campbell then went on to study Motion Picture Production at Capilano University. He made his directorial debut shortly afterwards with the short film To Save One’s Self (2012). The movie was screened at festivals worldwide and nabbed the “Royal Reel Award” at the Canadian International Film Fstival.

Since then, the B.C. native has worked as a Lead/On-Set Greensman on some of the province’s biggest productions, including Godzilla (2013), Arrow, This Means War and Once Upon A Time.

Campbell is currently working on his feature debut, The Wounded, a dramatic thriller about two fathers from opposite ends of a war.

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About Patrick Sabongui:
Patrick’s acting career spans over a decade. Patrick grew up in a 3-language household speaking French, English and Arabic. Patrick earned a BFA in Drama and MFA in Acting. Patrick currently plays Captain David Singh on CW’s The Flash. Patrick has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most influential directors including Steven Spielberg, Zack Snyder, Tarsem Singh, John Cassar, Yves Simoneau, Richard Donner, Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard and Roland Emmerich. On television, he has appeared on several hit shows such as “24”, Flashpoint, Covert Affairs, Psych, Smallville and Stargate: Atlantis to name a few. His athletic background and martial-arts training has also landed him work on action films “300”, Immortals, MI:4, A-Team, The Bourne Legacy, Tron: Legacy and more.

As a creative artist he has also written, directed and produced several short films. Patrick is also the co- director of the not-for-profit mentorship program, Fulfilling Young Artists: an organization dedicated to helping young actors and actresses find fulfillment in their pursuit of a positive, sustainable acting career. As a father, artist, actor, director, producer, mentor and athlete he is the embodiment of a renaissance man in today’s entertainment industry.

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Canadian actress Sarah Smyth shines in “Cedar Cove” and “Call Me Fitz” and will soon be seen in her guest starring role on “Motive”

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Sarah Smyth, a talented young actress has become one of Canada’s quickly rising stars. Sarah landed a coveted role as a series regular in season one of “Cedar Cove”, an original TV movie turned regular series, airing on the Hallmark Channel (USA) and W Channel (Canada). Sarah stars alongside and plays Judge Olivia Lockhart’s (Andie MacDowell) daughter, along with Dylan Neal (Arrow, Dawson’s Creek). Based on bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s beloved book series, the show centers around Judge Olivia, who is considered the community’s guiding light in the picturesque, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. However, like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the township she calls home. Initially a TV movie, the instant hit, “Cedar Cove” has been renewed for a second season and will begin production in March 2014.

2013 has been a busy year for Sarah, with a recurring role on “Call Me Fitz”, playing the character of Paula Childs opposite Michael Gross (Family Ties) and Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210). Sarah appears in eight of ten episodes in season 4 of “Call Me Fitz”, a series revolving around a morally bankrupt car salesman who is forced to become business partners with his inner conscience, an off-beat do-gooder intent on healing Fitz’s mangled psyche one hilarious disaster at a time. “Call Me Fitz” airs on HBO Canada and Direct TV (USA). Sarah also guest starred on an episode of the CTV hit series “Motive”.

Sarah’s first roles on screen included “Vampire High” and “Big Wolf on Campus”, followed by a role on George Clooney’s directorial debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, in a scene opposite Sam Rockwell. Sarah also spent three seasons in a lead role on the Showcase/Oxygen original series “Naked Josh” (starring Hawthorn’s David Julian Hirsh). Ready for bigger and better opportunities, Sarah moved across the country to pursue work in Vancouver, BC where her screen credits included “Smallville”, “Human Target”, “ Supernatural”, “Shattered”, “Tower Pre”, and “Endgame”, and recurring roles on “Durham County” and “Stargate Universe”. In 2009, she was hand-picked by Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) for a series-regular role as Lucy Daramour on the CBS horror/drama Harper’s Island. Roles in television movies, “The Pregnancy Project” for Lifetime, and “Duke”, a Hallmark production, reaffirmed to Sarah that she had found her calling and she was headed on a path for success.

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Film credits for Sarah include “The Covenant” (starring Sebastian Stan and Chace Crawford), R.W. Goodwin’s “Alien Trespass” (starring alongside Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick), and Chris Columbus’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” (Starring Logan Lerman and Pierce Brosnan). Sarah also had a small role in Jonathan Levine’s “50/50”, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan and Anna Kendrick. She also filmed a lead role in “Jack of Diamonds”, a television pilot for CanWest Global and France 2. Other actors Sarah has been fortunate to work with include Keith Rennie (“Shattered”, “Californication”), Louis Ferreira (Breaking Bad, Stargate Universe), and Kristin Lehman (The Killing).

Sarah was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Her love for performance stemmed from a young age as she spent three years with the Orleans Young Players, which included the performance of three plays, followed by three years studing with the Ottawa School for Speech and Drama. Sarah is now splitting her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Her pastimes include reading, listening to records (current favourite “Field Recordings from Alan Lomax’s Southern Journey,”1959-1960), both preparing and eating food, and spending time doing all the above with good friends.

When she has time off she loves to travel – some of her top trips include backpacking in Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. This past September she travelled to Kenya to visit friends in the Masai Mara, where she fell in love with the incredible landscapes and wild life while on Safari. Sarah’s most memorable experience of the trip was spending time with the children at the Wholistic Caring Centre/ Orphanage. Since returning home Sarah is working with the ‘With My Own Two Hands Foundation’ in California to help bring positive change to the lives of the children that she met.

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