Trailer has been released for YOUNG & RECKLESS Season 1

We couldn’t wait any longer! Happy Friday!

I give you the trailer to Season one of Young & Reckless – the series starring Devon Ferguson, Sierra Pitkin (who you may remember from my short film “Trolls”, and Christina Sicoli, with Doron Bell, June B. Wilde, Paige Bateman, and Seth Isaac Johnson.

Directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart, written & co-created by Andrea Shawcross, co-created Devon Ferguson, cinematography by Lindsay George, casting by Judy JK Lee, costumes by Alicia Ebbels, production design by Luane Costa, original music by Jeff Toyne, editing by Alec MacNeill Richardson & Brianne Nord-Stewart, our superhero James Hutchison as line producer, and many more collaborators that made this possible!

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New RYKKA music video collaboration on “BAD BOY”

Pretty stoked to be sharing another music video collaboration with the freaking talented RYKKA. Since our last video she was the Swiss Eurovision finalist and competed in the Eurovision Song Writing Finale with her song “Last of Our Kind”.

Rykka flew in from Switzerland, we shot the “Bad Boy” video in one day in Coquitlam, BC, and then she was off again.

She’s ELECTRIC! Rykka gets over her “Bad Boy” in sassy new music video

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Heading to Washington, DC

I’ve decided that as a Canadian citizen, it’s my duty to run for President of the United States. So I’ll be heading to Washington, DC, to screen BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, and convince the country that advocating for sexual health of seniors is enough to run on.

So why the sudden urge to travel to DC? BEAT AROUND THE BUSH has been officially selected by the prestigious and good times, DC Shorts Film Festival. The festival runs September 8-11th, 2016. Hope to see ya there!

Now I have to call my Grandpa to see if he wants to come down for it, and make it a family affair and shit.


Short Film Showcase 6
SEP 9, 2016 9:30P.M. – 11:30P.M.
SEP 12, 2016 9:00P.M. – 11:00P.M.
SEP 14, 2016 9:00P.M. – 11:00P.M.




Someone else wrote a blog about me

(But mostly, I wrote her blog post about me)

styling_stories_stephanie_hallIt’s cool though because we (Stephanie Hall and I ) were put in touch through a Vancouver online Forum called “Girl Gang” and, as a Creative Writer + Online Marketing Specialist, Stephanie asked the group to participate in an interview to share what it is we do all day with the world.

CLICK HERE to read my post.

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The Brits better love us (We know they will)

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH has been Officially Selected by Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival in – you guessed it – Nottingham, England.

I strong armed my way into this tiny first year festival. Why? Because my good bud Spike (I am refraining from using the crass terms of endearment that we usually call each other) is from “Notts”, and his parents have been asking for almost two years when the film will be done, and when they can see it. So they bloody well not go on vacation the day it screens.

Things I just (re)learned while researching what informative anecdotes I can write in this post.

  • Nottingham is home to Robin Hood’s adventures: Sherwood Forest. (…We’re men in tights, tights, tights!)
  • Nottingham’s motto is ‘virtue outlives death’.

I’m pretty sure there’s some joke to be made about UNA’s virtue, and her desire to tarnish it by polishing her pearl before kicking the bucket.

18 months ago the Sqweel 2's arrived while I was sipping coffee out of my UNT mug which Spike gifted me the previous birthday.

18 months ago, the Sqweel 2’s arrived in the nick of time for our shoot, while I sipped coffee out of my UNT mug (a birthday gift from Spike from Notts).

This fest offers 8 categories of awards for short films (fingers crossed):

Best Fictional Film
Best Factual Film
Best Young Person’s Film
Best Music Film
Best Animated Film
Best Advert or Trailer
Best Artistic Film
Best Foreign Film

Screening Details: 

Selection  D Between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, Saturday 11th June 2016

in The Space at The Nottingham Contemporary, NG1 2GB


Headed to Macon, Georgia with BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

MAGA_Official_Selection_2016We have been Officially Selected with BEAT AROUND THE BUSH by the Macon Film Festival in the grand ‘ol state of Georgia. (I’ve never actually been to Georgia but I do hope it is grand!)

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH discusses a topic underrepresented cinematically and culturally and to most is pretty eclectic, which is fitting with Macon’s mission to celebrate independent films with while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.
The 100 minute program will screen:

• The Perfect Houseguest
• A King’s Betrayal
• Beat Around the Bush 
• The Barry & Ro Show
• Bottomless
• Seagulls
• Hello Charles
• Jackdaw
• In Memory 
• Cowboys

Screening Details:

DATE: July 22nd, 2016
WHERE: Cox Capitol Theatre (382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201)
WHEN: 4:45pm – 6:25pm

DATE: July 23rd, 2016
WHERE:Douglass Theatre (355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201)
WHEN:2:45pm – 4:25pm

Ontario Premiere of BEAT AROUND THE BUSH!

FeFF Official Poster 2016Toronto friends! It’s time.

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH has been Officially Selected by the 14th Annual Female Eye Film Festival, “Always Honest, Not Always Pretty,” which runs Tuesday, June 14–Sunday, June 19, 2016.

FeFF Official Selection Laurel

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH will play before a feature doc titled, LUTINE, directed by Isabelle Broué.

SYNOPSIS: A director is filming a documentary on polyamory: somewhere between documentary and fiction, she takes risks and cannot always measure the consequences. Will her sweetheart be able to stand up to the challenge of polyamory? Will she finish her film? (WP, 2015, Comedy/Documentary, 98 min., France)

Screening Details: 

WHEN: Sunday June 19th, 2016, 4:30pm
WHERE: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
PRICE: $10.00

Beat Around the Bush wins Best Comedy Short at AZIFF

BATB-Best comedy short announcement

It’s true. As Una would say, “Don’t get your knickers in a twist”.

On my first day back in Vancouver after Arizona and Newport wrapped, while sipping cheap wine (that I bought) on a 112ft yacht (that some lovely but unsuspecting person let me on to), I found out that Beat Around the Bush won Best Comedy Short from the fine folks at the Arizona International Film Festival. But first the backstory:

On April 23rd, after driving 9 hours from the Newport Beach Film Festival in California to my screening of Beat Around the Bush at the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, I was pleasantly surprised to feel right at home.

AZIFF2016 filmmaker badge

Filmmaker Pass speaks for itself!

The screening was fantastic, laughter all throughout the theatre and and the post screening drinks with filmmakers and watchers alike was also a real treat. I’ve been to a lot of festivals and Tucson had an immediate “home” feeling to it.

I was back on the road back to Orange County not 18 hours after I arrived, and was given a fantastic farewell at a delicious brunch I wasn’t planning to stay 15 minutes at, and stayed 2 hours.

I look forward to making it back. Until next time!


Beat Around the Bush is heading deadCenter

"Beat Around the Bush" plays Friday June 10th @ 6:30pm and Sunday, June 12th @ 6:15pm

Beat Around the Bush plays Friday June 10th @ 6:30pm and Sunday, June 12th @ 6:15pm in “Love, Sex, and Death Shorts”


Beat Around the Bush is heading to Oklahoma City this June for the deadCenter Film Festival – a festival named one of Movie Maker Magazine’s top 50 film festivals worth the entry fee!

Where: All films and events take place in glorious downtown Oklahoma City. Film screenings happen at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Myriad Gardens Terrace Room, and outdoors at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn.

“Beat Around the Bush” has been curated into a program of shorts entitled: Love, Sex, and Death Shorts. (How appropriate…)

Screening times: Friday, June 10 @ 6:30pm, Sunday, June 12 @ 6:15pm

The director (aka ME) will be in attendance for the June 10th screening.

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Newport was a smashing success!

Newport Beach Film Festival was excellent. I had multiple people tell me that the program “Down Her Shorts” in which Beat Around the Bush screening, was actually created to surround it. How sweet is that! My programmer Bojana Sandic is also the bees knees.

Brianne with filmmaker Doug Roland, and actress Michelle Luchese

Brianne at NBFF opening night with director/actor Doug Roland (Jada), and actress Michelle Luchese (Buddy Solitaire).

The day I arrived in LA, I went to Jason Reitman’s Live Reading Series – my first one! – only for him to announce it was going to be the last one ever. Wah wah. I couldn’t be upset for more than a second before he explained, “I gotta make films guys.” I get it. Totally on board. The group of dope actors read Jason’s first feature, Thank You for Smoking. Talk about a break through film.

And the evening wouldn’t have been my own if I hadn’t said farewell to my date and quickly discovered I had chosen a parking lot with 100ft iron gates that locked at 10pm. It was 10:05. I had no other choice but to drive my very practical Yaris rental, through the grass and paved walkways of the LACMA park so that I could attend the Newport Beach opening party. (Yes I did wave at the Valet as I smacked back down on the road off the curb…)

Now let me tell you – Newport spares no expense when it comes to throwing a party. I recruited to strangers to be friends with me, and got another stranger to document our fabulous new red carpet friendship. (Which has probably turned into real friendship separated by many many miles.)


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