Beat Around the Bush has been Officially Selected at the 17th Nickel Independent Film Festival !

The Nickel Independent Film Festival has officially selected BEAT AROUND THE BUSH for their 17th year!

17th nickel independent film festival 2017The festival runs from Tuesday June 20th to Saturday June 24, 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The Nickel showcases films from Canada and around the world, and and offers screenings, workshops, Q&A’s, and receptions. 

This is the second time the Nickel has programmed my work. The first was in 2011 with TROLLS. Glad to see they still like awkward comedies about sex and coming of age!

Follow @NickelFestival on Twitter and @BATBthemovie on Facebook and Twitter.

YOUNG & RECKLESS is Officially Selected and Nominated at Melbourne WebFest

Having lived in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 while going to film school and actually learning how to make actually good films, I’m proud to be saying that FOR THE FIRST TIME my work will be screening at a Melbourne festival.

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We’re lucky to not only be officially selected by the Melbourne WebFest, but YOUNG & RECKLESS is also nominated for Best International Comedy Series and is eligible for the $1,000 AUD cash prize for People’s Choice Award (by an online poll), the$1,500 Grand Jury Award, and the Crowd Favourite Award, which will be voted on by the attendees of the festival.

 

“Melbourne WebFest is Australia’s international web series festival. MWF was the fourth festival of its kind in the world, and remains the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere…Melbourne WebFest is working to acknowledge digital screen producers and is creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne… The festival includes screenings, keynotes, discussion panels, masterclasses, and, a live pitching competition.

The festival runs June 29-July 2nd, 2017. To find out more or buy tickets CLICK HERE.

Watch the entire first season right now a www.YnRtheseries.com and catch us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @YnRtheseries

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Creatortown podcast shouts out Young & Reckless for T.O. Fest!

Are you a fan of podcasts? Like creative and interesting things with funny and entertaining hosts?

Check out the podcast Creatortown, and their mention in episode 6 of YOUNG & RECKLESS which is heading to T.O. Webfest in Toronto at the end of this month! I’m looking forward to hanging out with these voices.

Watch YOUNG & RECKLESS right now at www.Ynrtheseries.com

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Beat Around the Bush selected by Maremetraggio Shorts International Film Festival

The 18th Annual Shorts International Festival is a festival that only screens films that have previously won awards, and I’m happy to announce that BEAT AROUND THE BUSH has been officially selected. The festival runs July 1st-8th in Trieste, Italy and having been there myself once (whilst hitchhiking across Europe), I would love to go again!

For a list of selected films visit their website.

This will be the second film that I have directed that has played here. My short TROLLS, screened in 2011.

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Cast members of YOUNG & RECKLESS are nominated for The 1st Annual Mics Awards!

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(L to R) Paige Bateman as STACEY, Sierra Pitkin as OLIVIA, and Devon Ferguson as DEVON in “Young & Reckless”

A big congrats from myself and the whole YOUNG & RECKLESS team to Sierra Pitkin who plays OLIVIA, and Paige Bateman who plays STACEY, for their 1st annual ​The MICs International Awards Gala For Youth nominations for their work on YOUNG & RECKLESS.

The Mics mission is to “recognize, honour and reward Canadian and International youth in achieving excellence in the entertainment industry.”

Sierra is nominated for Best Actress in a Web based Series in the 15-20 age category. Paige is nominated for Best Actress in a Webseries for a Principal/Supporting Role. Both are talents to be reckoned with. Paige was 11-years-old playing a 13-year-old when we shot the show last spring, and she’s a top notch professional, no doubt about it.

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Sierra Pitkin is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

Paige Bateman is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside Sierra for Best Actress are Jaslyn Collis (SHIFT THE SHOW), and Cassandra Tusa (JENNY & JEFF). Alongside Paige for Best Supporting, the nominees are Roxy Bellum (ULTIMATE TRAP), Amy Polczer (LAME PARENTS), and Jaslyn Collis (A.N.X.O.).

Paige is also nominated for Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (LOVE, COLIN), Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (EVERYBODY SAYS), Young Filmmaker/Director Ages 5-11 (PAIGE’S PANTRY), Best Actress Short Film Age 10 (EVIL PLANS)

The Mics will be held May 27th, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Keep up to date with Paige’s work on her IMDB and Facebook pages. Keep up to date with Sierra’s work on her IMDB page.

You can watch YOUNG & RECKLESS at 35,000 feet when you fly with Air Canada, or you can watch it a sea level by heading to www.YnRtheseries.com

Congratulations and good luck to all The Mics nominees.

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YOUNG & RECKLESS Wins Best International Webseries at Pilot Light TV Fest!

I just got word from the head of the Pilot Light UK TV Fest in Manchester that YOUNG & RECKLESS won Best International Web Series this weekend!
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Young & Reckless is the 2017 Pilot Light TV Fest Best International Web Series Winner

“On Saturday 6th May at MCR Central Library as part of Pilot Light TV Festival Season 2 we held our very first awards ceremony for our TV Pilots and Web Series content that were in competition, and what a competition it was! The quality of the content submitted to us for this Season was incredibly high and came in from all corners of the globe. It was very hard for our programming team to narrow the selection down to our lineup, let alone judge our very first awards. That being said we feel all of our winners (and nominees) should be proud of themselves and we cannot wait to see where their projects head next.”

Watch the show NOW: www.vimeo.com/channels/ynrtheseries

The nominees for International webseries included: Self-Help Junkie (USA), Hani’s Barber Shop (IL), The Play of My Life (AR), Trudy Cheesecake in Miracle World (FR), Young & Reckless (CAN), Brewstars (CAN), Tinder is The Night (USA), Zyara (LB), Out With Dad (CAN) by my new best friend Jason Leaver from Hollyweb Festival!

Jason Leaver (Out With Dad), and Brianne Nord-Stewart (Young & Reckless) at the Hollyweb Fest 2017 Awards Ceremony

Huge congrats to all the winners and the nominees, we wish we could have been in attendance!

Find out more about the festival at www.pilotlightfestival.co.uk

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH and YOUNG & RECKLESS are nominated for Leo Awards!

Two stellar actors I’ve had the pleasure to work with in the last couple of years are nominated for Leo Awards for our collaborations.

Brenda Matthews as UNA trying to figure out the “Sqweel” in BEAT AROUND THE BUSH. Matthews, 2017 Leos Nominee for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama

Brenda Matthews and I met shortly after she stepped off the motorcycle she had been riding for 6 weeks. She was going to miss the audition and then in the 11th our of my distress that we would never find out UNA for BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, I heard her voice outside the casting room. Since the I refer to her with exclamation as Brenda F*cking Matthews and that suits her just fine.

Brenda Matthews in the heartbreaking scene of BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

Congratulations on your nomination for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama for BEAT AROUND THE BUSH! The short is coming to the small screen near you on The Movie Network. Follow us on Facebook  and Twitter to keep in touch @BATBthemovie

 Devon Ferguson, 2017 Leos Nominee for Best Performance by a Male in a Web Series

Devon Ferguson, co-star of YOUNG & RECKLESS, has picked up a nomination for Best Performance by a Male in a Web Series for our series! Devon co-created YOUNG & RECKLESS with writer, Andrea Shawcross, and the two of them let me come on board to direct, produce, and edit! Congrats Devon and the whole team! He was specifically nominated for the fourth episode in the first season, “Cupcakes” which you can watch at www.ynrtheseries.com

Doron Bell (left) and Devon Ferguson (right) having a good laugh in between tackles on YOUNG & RECKLESS.

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YOUNG & RECKLESS selected by T.O. WebFest

Another announcement that is with great pleasure!

YOUNG & RECKLESS is heading to Toronto at the end of May for the T.O. Webfest which runs May 25-27, 2017 at the CN Tower. Yes, really. A festival in the freaking CN Tower. Pretty Canadian, eh?

The three day festival, presented by Web Creators Canada, is in its fourth year and offers “engaging panels and workshops, networking, screenings, installations, awards, special events  and more!” See you there?

You can also watch all 5 episodes of the show RIGHT NOW on Vimeo.

Follow me on Twitter @bnordstewart

Follow the show on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @YnRtheSeries

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Young & Reckless picks up it’s first award at #HollyWebFest2017

Last weekend YOUNG & RECKLESS was honoured with an award for best editing. The award is shared by myself and Alec Richardson. Go team!

Here’s a pic to prove I was there to accept it!

Me with an award for Best Editing of YOUNG & RECKLESS at Hollyweb Festival

Follow along @ynrtheseries on all the socials and head to ynrtheseries.com

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Young & Reckless goes across the pond for Pilot Light TV Festival in England

YOUNG & RECKLESS, a comedy series about a 28-year-old dude whose arch nemesis is a 13-year-old, girl will screen at the Pilot Light TV Festival in Manchester, England, during their 2nd season May 4th-7th, 2017.

At Pilot Light we are proud to produce a communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television! In a very similar structure to a traditional film festival, Pilot Light TV Festival is hosted in Manchester over 4 days and will contain screenings featuring all kinds of series new & old plus exclusive panels featuring the writers, producers, directors, actors, commissioners, and more behind them!

Program: Web Series Shuffle, an eclectic block dedicated to the diversity of content in web series.
Screening Time: Friday May 5th, 2017 @ 4:10pm @ Manchester Central Library (MCR)

Tickets to MCR Central Library Events:

Single Slot Tickets: £5 (Inc fees)
Friday Day Pass: £20 (Plus fees)
Both Day Pass: £30 (Plus fees)

Check out the full festival line up HERE.

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