THE HEALER Happenings – June 23, 2015


click here for more on THE HEALERPosted: June 23, 2015

THE HEALER is a new feature film starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s DRACULA), Camilla Luddington (GREY'S ANATOMY), Jorge Garcia (HAWAII FIVE-O) and Jonathan Pryce (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN).

Each week, Sea And Be Scene brings you an exclusive and intriguing glimpse into this exciting production, shooting this summer in Nova Scotia.


THE HEALER Happenings - Posted June 23, 2015
By Skana Gee, Unit Publicist

Matthew Crowe is quite comfortable bucking the establishment. As a self-described punk, he has always been in the underdog’s corner. But when Nova Scotia’s Liberal government hinted in April that it planned to dismantle the Film Tax Credit – and then followed through – Crowe took his activism to the next level.

“I knew I had to channel my anger into something productive,” says Crowe, an Assistant Director currently working on THE HEALER.

Matthew Crowe on location with THE HEALER photo by Chris Reardon

The 32-year-old – who was working on the film YOUR MONEY OR YOUR WIFE when word of the government cut came down – drew immediately on his creative energy and began producing pins featuring a distinctive image of grip flags and the hashtag #NSfilmjobs. The hashtag has become a rallying cry (on social media and off) in the months since.

A portion of proceeds from the pins – which were available at community film hubs and supportive businesses for $1.75 – went to Feed Nova Scotia. It was Crowe’s way of acknowledging that film and television workers were not the only ones negatively impacted by the provincial budget.


Now he’s selling t-shirts ($22.50, with $5 going to Feed Nova Scotia), hoodies ($50, with $10 to Feed Nova Scotia), as well as embroidered patches and other small items, through his company, Film Scum Industries.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is make movies,” says Crowe, a former army kid who considers Newfoundland his home province. “I found my family in film, and my community has backed me up.”

His venture meshes nicely with the philanthropic mission and supportive vibe on the set of THE HEALER. The filmmakers have ear-marked a significant donation from the movie’s proceeds for the Serious Fun Children’s Network, founded by actor Paul Newman, which runs camps and programs for seriously ill kids around the world. THE HEALER's writer-director, Paco Arango, sits on the organization’s board of directors and has his own foundation, Aladina, in Spain. A committed volunteer helping children with cancer, Arango’s previous film, MAKTUB, helped fund one of Europe’s most advanced bone-marrow transplant centres.

Matthew Crowe on location with THE HEALER Lunenburg, NS  photo by Chris ReardonCrowe lost his father to cancer and says everyone has respect for THE HEALER’s charitable backdrop. “It’s a feel-good movie, and it’s as much about the art as it is about making the film,” he says.

In terms of his own art, Crowe will continue using the grip-flag motif on his creations. It’s a “no-brainer,” he says, since grips call the light-manipulating devices “black flags” and because one of Crowe’s inspirations is the punk band Black Flag, well-known for anthems decrying abuse and oppression. SG

To find out more, and to purchase Crowe’s #NSfilmjobs merchandise, go to

For the facts on the Nova Scotia film tax credit click here.

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THE HEALER Unit Publicist Skana GeeSkana Gee is unit publicist on THE HEALER. She’s been a communications consultant – specializing in film and television publicity – for the past seven years. Before that she was a long-time newspaper reporter and editor, covering everything from municipal politics to crime to entertainment. She lives in Halifax with her partner and two mostly wonderful children. She likes reading, running and a good vanilla latte.

While you're here check out previously posted articles on THE HEALER - Blog Post June 17/15, Blog Post June 10/15Cameras Roll on THE HEALER, Blog Post June 2/15, Blog Post May 28/15, Blog Post May 21/15, Blog Post May 16/15 The Healer Heads to Halifax & the South Shore

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