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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 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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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award?

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MOLLY believes you van do it! Vote for us that is

Okay so not sure how this happened…Beat Around the Bush is nominated for Canadian Comedy Award? I mean “!!!!!”

Or at the very least we can be nominated by other people simply clicking this link: http://www.canadiancomedyawards.org/vote.php?cat=66  and then clicking “nominate” beside “Beat Around the Bush”. So please do that.

Also the comedy duo The Dirrty Show whose music we used in Beat Around the Bush is also up for a nomination. You can click here: http://www.canadiancomedyawards.org/vote.php?cat=80

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Beat Around the Bush wins Best Comedy Short at AZIFF

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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.

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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!

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And the money finally rolls in (fingers crossed)

Not wanting to jinx my current good fortune, I have refrained from posting too much about anything about what has been going on. However, the news is public now (5 days ago actually but I was busy work/playing at the Squamish Music Festival – yes, I did see Eminem!), so I can at least mention a couple of well-timed events.

#1 – In January and March I attended two different segments of the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program run by Creative Women Workshops. Both workshops really kicked off 2014 in high gear and had me really focussing on WHAT’S NEXT  for me as a director. The new news you ask? The BC Arts Council came through with a Professional Development Grant in the sum of just over $5,000. Which covers tuition, flights, boarding, per diems, honorariums for mentors to well…continue mentoring me.

#2 – While having a lunch with two of my grade 8 teachers* a couple weeks back, I found out that I was going to receive the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short-to-Features Award which includes a $32,000 production grant for Beat the Bush, (formerly titled, Cougars Cruising), and an additional $7,500 towards the development of a feature film of the same concept. So you can expect a new saucy short from me in 2014, which will tour the festival circuit in 2015 (fingers crossed).

#3 – Harold Greenberg Fund requires and experienced Executive Producer to oversee their funded projects. Thanks to an introduction by a venerable actor who participated at the WIDC workshop in January, Shawn Williamson, President of Brightlight Pictures, has enthusiastically come on board. SNAP!!

There are a few more opportunities that have been thrown my way, but I will post about them once they actually happen as for the three above awesome things, there have been a half dozen or more that didn’t quite line up. But there will be a half dozen more awesome to report in the coming month(s) I’m sure.

I am so stoked. Yes. I. Am.

*This is an important detail because they taught classes in Dance and Video which are two things I actively do everyday.

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You can expect a new music video with Hannah Epperson

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Today marks an achievement. My first ever production grant. Ever.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the folks at Public Records for offering grants of up to $7500 to musician and filmmaking teams in British Columbia and Alberta.

Myself and violinist and vocalist Hannah Epperson, have been awarded one of Public Records Winter 2014 awards. You can look forward to a conceptual solo dance video for her song, SHADOWLESS, to be released in early May.

You can also expect other delicious cinematic concoctions from us to follow up our first, “Where Do Songs Come From?

Follow Hannah: @hannah_epperson www.HannahEpperson.ca

Banff, Alberta here I come!

What better way to start of a new year of an emerging film career than by being 1 of 8 female directors chosen for the Women in the Director’s Chair: Aspects of Production & Post Production?

Woody & Dave, My “bosses” when I was a grip/electric trainee in 2008

I am lucky to be one of those 8 women.

Between January 15th-19th I’ll be hanging around The Banff Centre for one of the country’s best professional development workshops. In 2008 I attended the workshop as a “trainee” – an entry level position – while I was still attending university. I am thrilled to return as a director and workshop one of my upcoming scripts in development.

Wish me luck!

Public Records thinks I am LEGIT

Public Records screen grabIn the preparation for a grant application with a very talented up and coming singer/songwriter, Cayley Thomas Haug (who you may recognize as one of the finalists from Triple Sensation), I was presently surprised to get a tweet from the grantor themselves, Public Records, that I was their featured artist.

This is what they have to say about me.

“Brianne Nord-Stewart is legit. We don’t know how else to put it! She’s an Emily Carr Graduate, Leo Award winner, and has even studied abroad at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. What gets us about Brianne is that she’s the writer, director, editor and producer of most of her work. Now that’s legit. Seriously.”

Well I am flattered. Seriously.

Follow them @PublicRcrds

“The Provider” Now viewable online with NSI Film Festival!

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The Provider (2011), a horror film co written and produced by myself and Andy Thompson, and directed and edited by moi, is now available for free for your viewing pleasure through Canada’s National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival.

My 2008 short films, Why I Bought a Bike, and Why I Fired My Secretary both screen in 2011 as part of the film festival and it is a pleasure to be selected once again.

It is also a pleasure to see Pardis Parker and Jamie Travis‘ shorts up on the site as well. If you get a chance to see Jamie’s debut feature film, For a Good Time Call… I highly recommend it! And it looks like its out on DVD soon!

Four times a year, NSI presents three awards: the A&E Short Filmmakers Award ($1,250) to the best film, Bite Comedy Award ($750) for best comedy and the Shaw Fearless Female Director Award ($2,500) for best film by a female director. Read more about the awards.

We look forward to watching all of the newly added films, and our fingers our crossed for some cash!

Thank you for the opportunity NSI you are doing an amazing job supporting emerging filmmakers.

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MPPIA Announces this years finalists for $115k. I am one of them!

Last night, I went to a Whistler Film Festival special launch event at the the Rio Theatre celebrating the 6th annual  MPPIA Short Film Award for emerging Directors! Last year, I was selected as one of the top 5 finalists for this award and I was thrilled to be chosen once again for it! Woot!

The Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA) of BC, British Columbia Film + Media and the Whistler Film Festival established the MPPIA Short Film Award in 2007 which provides one filmmaker with the opportunity to further develop their directing career by realizing a unique creative vision in a short film project.

For this Award, I will be one of five filmmakers doing a live pitch for a short film at the 2012 Summit at the WFF on Dec 1 at 10:30 am before a jury of three industry professionals and an industry peer audience.

The winner (announced the following day) will win the $15 000 cash award plus resources “in-kind” valued up to $100,000 geared towards production for their proposed film; my short film is called, Cougars Cruising.

The other candidates and their respective films are;

Don’t Run Off the Trail, Johnny (Nan) Ma
True Love Waits, Jon Ornoy
Apocalypse Café, Scott Kukurudz
The Pertect Pair, Tyler Funk
Cougars Cruising, Brianne Nord-Stewart

The Festival line up and schedule is selling ticktes now through Dec 2nd. For more details go to http://www.whistlerfilmfestival.com/

Hope to see you there!

MPPIA 2012 Finalists and BC Film + Media

– Brianne

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