“Beat Around the Bush” at Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

My short film, Beat Around the Bush, which follows a 75-year-old-widow with Alzheimer’s who decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever, will have its Vancouver premiere this March at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. I am thrilled to be a part of the festival once again.

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Screening Information:
WHEN: 6PM Thursday March 10th, 2016
WHERE: The Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC

The short films in the program include: The Light Thief, One Last Ride, Beat Around the Bush, Impulses, Handjob, The First Session, and Aviliaq: Entwined.

Congrats to all the filmmakers, and I look forward to seeing you all there.

VIWIFF 2015 Laurel

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I’m apprenticing on the new Disney Show, MTX!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2016 is getting off to a great start. Nord-Stewart Productions Inc. is now official, the Telus funded web series YOUNG & RECKLESS is coming along and will begin production in March 2016 and you can expect to see it on a screen near you in July 2016 if not sooner.

I’ve also had the very fortunate opportunity to be a part of a director’s apprenticeship program on the new Disney show, MTX! – a live-action adventure comedy – produced with Vancouver’s Omnifilm Entertainment with hometown success, Zach Lipovsky producing and directing.

Brianne at the director’s monitor on the set of “Beat Around the Bush” (2014)

MTX! centers on Ryan (Potvin), a 14-year-old boy with the extraordinary ability to control technology with his mind – technopathy. After his secret power is revealed, he quickly learns that monsters have just been sent to destroy the city by an evil corporation. With danger looming, the only thing that can protect the citizens of Bay City is MTX, a 120-foot robot that only Ryan has the ability to control.

I will be shadowing the director for a month starting next week on both the pilot and episode two of the new series. A great warm up before we start shooting both web series YOUNG & RECKLESS and NO FIXED ADDRESS.

A huge shout out to talented LA-based, Canadian writer, Marilyn Thomas for recommending me as an up-and-comer ready to get into TV. And a shout out to Zach and Omni for championing this apprenticeship program that is geared towards female directors.

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CASTING 17-22 YR OLDS in VANCOUVER DARK COMEDY WEB-SERIES

VANCOUVER CASTING CALL –

for an original dark comedy web-series, NO FIXED ADDRESS, which follows a band of transient punks and as they defend their street corners, exploit drop-in centres, and try to survive ‘til welfare day.

Currently CASTING the five leads roles and are open to those with experience and without. We are specifically interested in individuals with existing tattoos, and piercings.

See CASTING BREAKDOWN: NO FIXED ADDRESS – Casting Call – 12NOV2015

The FIRST ROUND of auditions will be held Tuesday November 17th and Wednesday November 18th in the afternoon in Vancouver, BC.

EMAIL YOUR AUDITION SUBMISSION to nfatheseries@gmail.com and include:

  • Name & age
  • E-mail & phone number
  • Headshot & everyday dressed down picture
  • Actor CV if you have it
  • Preference of Nov 17th or 18th for your audition

You will be contacted with a time and location.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for NO FIXED ADDRESS.

YOUNG & RECKLESS web-series gets financed!

12185522_396024327257724_1545506164691023754_oWe’re friggen FUNDED baby!

I am stoked to announce that I am the director/producer of a new comedy webseries, Young & Reckless, which has been funded with the support of TELUS Optik Local.

Young & Reckless is a comedy web-series that follows slacker, Devon Young, who has found the woman of his dreams. But to win her heart, he’ll have to babysit her 13-year-old daughter from hell.

“Young & Reckless” is co-created/written by Andrea Shawcross, and stars co-creator, Devon Ferguson, and Sierra Pitkin (the audacious actor from my short “Trolls” the Movie)!

Follow all the action on Twitter at @YnRtheseries @bnordstewart @ideababybaby @devon_ferguson

“Beat Around the Bush” the feature film

Over a year ago I was awarded the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Award for “Beat Around the Bush” which included production financing for a short film (which is complete and being submitted to film festivals) and 1st draft development financing for a feature film.

Talk about awesome.

Yesterday, October 15, 2015, I handed in the completed first draft to Harold Greenberg Fund! I feel great about it! I look forward to next week when I decide it’s all wrong (it’s not, it’s awesome and will only get better) and then apply for 2nd draft financing. And then we wait.

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Music videos “Shadowless” & “Movies” to screen in Vancouver Oct 28

IMG_0448On October 28th in Vancouver, BC, two of my music videos will be screening as part of the Film & Media Showcase by Women in Film & Television and in collaboration with DocBC and Cineworks.

These music videos are RYKKA’s “Movies” which was shot this summer in Switzerland, and Hannah Epperson‘s “Shadowless” which was released in 2014 and generously funded by Telus in collaboration with Public Records.

Want some trivia? Rykka and Hannah came in 1st and 2nd in the Peak Performance project 2013 with a combined cash win of over $175K. Money talks. These musicians are fantastic.

WHERE: Cineworks, 1131 Howe Street (back lane entrance)
WHEN: 7 PM

I will be in attendance!

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“Movies” to have its video premiere on MUCH

12109811_10153189644941045_2944239446765582667_oCANADA! Tune into MUCH Music October 6, 2015 to watch the TV premiere of  “Movies”  – the music video I directed and edited in Switzerland this summer – at 6:55pm ET // 3:55pm Pacific Time!” YAASS

 

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New short comedy film, “Beat Around the Bush”!

It is with great pleasure (and exhaustion) that I announce that my old lady orgasm movie, “Beat Around the Bush” is done!

The short film follows a 75 year old widow with Alzheimer’s who decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever. (It takes a few tries).

The short was awarded production financing from The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Award last year, which included pre-license agreements with The Movie Network, and Movie Central, as well as feature film 1st draft development financing from The Harold Greenberg fund. I was also fortunate to receive further development financing from CreativeBC! Thank you funders for support me!

The long process of submitting to film festivals has begun and in about a year’s time, the short will be broadcast on both The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada. Until that time, or until there is a film festival near you, I give you, THE TRAILER.

Fora trailer with close captioning: http://youtube.com/YGIKYhCEYmQ 


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Making Music Videos in Switzerland with Swiss-Canadian Artist RYKKA

In June 2015 I flew to Switzerland to make two music videos for RYKKA for her new album, Beatitudes. This is “Movies.

Exclaim! premiered the video today!

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Grey Gritt LIVE video for “Local Smoke”

In March I finally made a trip I’ve been wanting to take for YEARS. Go to Yellowknife, NWT, in March and see what this Snow Castle on the frozen lake is all about. (Yes, there is a full on castle that normal size people, and a lot of them, can attend for all sorts of screenings, music, and performance shows.) So I packed every single layer of clothing I own, and headed North. Way North. Now, I’d also been a fan of Grey Gritt for a few years as well, using their song “Nickels & Dimes” for The Dangers of Online Dating trailer. So we made a video. And here it is.

“Local Smoke” by Grey Gritt
March 2015, Yellowknife, NWT

Directed, shot & edited by: Brianne Nord-Stewart

And The Edge YK, a Yellowknife local paper, wrote a dandy article about the video and Grey which you can read HERE or scratch the surface here:

Local Smoke, Greyson Gritt’s song and new video, speaks volumes about the artist behind the blues licks and the finger-flipping lyrics.

“If you listen to the song, she’s this, she’s that, she’s doing this, and she’s doing that, and it’s like f*** off already, she’s burning this town down and there’s nothing you can do about it,” says Gritt.

Written as part of Carmen Braden’s Local Smoke Musical Exhibition, a nod to last year’s devastating forest fire season, Gritt says the song was a way of dealing with trash-talkers.

“It’s about inner strength, but it’s also an homage to the badass ladies in my life, because sometimes I think we’re not badass enough. We should be more true to our nature.”

For more live music videos head HERE.

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