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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is heading to the desert for the 1st annual Filmchella!

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The 1st annual Filmchella (like Coachella but for films) is happening this weekend in the desert and BEAT AROUND THE BUSH plays September 29th, 2017 around 7:30pm at the Drive in. So far the best info is on their Facebook page but there website is also flashy! www.filmchella.com

From their lips:

3 DAYS IN THE DESERT 
DRIVE IN STYLE MOVIES UNDER THE STARS 
CAMPING FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE. 

Random fact: The actor Tom Sizemore stalked us on Twitter to get us to submit. “Heart & Souls” is one of my favourite movies!

TICKETS: www.filmfreeway.com/festival/filmchella/tickets

WHERE: Twentynine Palms, California

filmchella 2017 schedule

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH to play at the 18th Kerry Film Fest as part of the Nickel Film Festival’s 2017 curated short program

cliffs of mohr, brianne Nord-Stewart

Brianne Nord-Stewart getting way to close to the damn edge of the Cliffs of Mohr

Earlier this year, my short BEAT AROUND THE BUSH played at the Nickel Film Festival in St. John’s Newfoundland, and I’m excited that they have selected the film to showcase at the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland.

ireland cliffs of mohr

Somewhere in Ireland in 2011

Kerry Film Festival is an internationally recognized Irish Short Film Festival. The festival takes place in the picturesque town of Killarney, Co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland from the 19th-22nd of October 2017.

Highlights of the Kerry Film Festival include an international short film competition, a curated programme of features films, a showcase of Kerry talent, live film music events and niche film events in unique venues. Through our annual Film Festival and year-round programme of events including our Summer Open Air Cinema, our goal is to create new and exciting film experiences, create a hub of film creativity and appreciation in Kerry, champion the work of local and national emerging filmmakers and promote the county as a major filmmaking destination.

While I won’t be in attendance, I do love Ireland a wee bit. Or a big wee bit. Pictures included from my last (and only) visit.

The Kerry Film Festival runs October 19th-2nd, 2017.

Cliffs of Mohr, Brianne Nord-Stewart

Before there were cellphone selfies, there were point and shoot timers. Every solo traveller used them!

“Beat Around the Bush” WINS the Broad Humor Film Festival with Best Short!

brenda matthews, beat around the bush, short film, brianne nord-StewartThis news could not have come on a more needed day.

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH won Best Short at the 12th Broad Humor Film Festival in Venice, California!

I think it can now be an official fact that whenever I am unable to attend a festival, we win an award. Basically, I should never travel and we’ll do really well!

Thank you to the festival for giving our film the recognition! And to all the below winners, congrats!

 

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“Beat Around the Bush” wins Best Ensemble Cast at Atlanta Underground Film Festival

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“Beat Around the Bush”, Winner of BEST ENSEMBLE CAST at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival

It’s been a busy August for BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, the little old lady orgasm movie that just keeps getting around!

It is fantastic to share that the entire cast of the film were acknowledged for their talent and  hard work this past weekend when the Atlanta Underground Film Festival Awarded us and award for Best Ensemble Cast. Huge congrats to Brenda Matthews, Mary Black, Gina Stockdale, and of course, Kacey Rohl.

Thank you so much for the recognition!

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“Beat Around the Bush” heads to the Broad Humour in Venice Beach

Brenda Matthew, Gina Stockdale, Georgina Stockdale, Mary Black, brightlight pictures, arielle boisvert, brianne nord-Stewart, kacey rohl, broad humour 2017

“Beat Around the Bush” is an official selection at the 10th Annual Broad Humour Film Festival

After the HollyShorts, and Atlanta Underground screenings in August, BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is heading back to Los Angeles once again and will be screening in Venice Beach as part of the 10th Broad Humour Film Festival. 

The Broad Humour Film Festival runs August 31st-September 3rd, 2017 and is a place where funny broads hang out with funny broads. Our lead actress Brenda Matthews will definitely be in attendance, and  it’s possible I will be as well!

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Where: Venice, CA

The Broad Humour Film Festival was named one of the 5 “coolest” women’s film festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine in 2016. I look forward to being a part of such a fantastic organization. www.broadhumor.com

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The Atlanta Underground Film Festival has Officially Selected “Beat Around the Bush”

Brenda Matthew, Gina Stockdale, Georgina Stockdale, Mary Black, brightlight pictures, arielle boisvert, brianne nord-Stewart, kacey rohl, seniors smoking pot, cannabis

“Beat Around the Bush” is an official selection at the 2017 Atlanta Underground Film Festival

After the HollyShorts screening on August 15th, 2017, BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is heading to Atlanta, Georgia to be a part of the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. 

The Atlanta Underground Film Festival runs August 18th-20th, 2017 and is known for promoting creative artists who create grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. That and the festival is, and a quote, “a non-stop party”.

The tickets aren’t booked…yet!

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:

“No Limits on the Words Shorts Block #3”
Date: August 18th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Where: Synchronicity Theatre
1545 Peachtree St NE, Unit 102,
Atlanta, GA 30309, United States

 

“The AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience’s expectations.

Much more than the traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate.” www.auff.org

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is officially selected at HollyShorts Film Festival in LA!

Brenda Matthew, Gina Stockdale, Georgina Stockdale, Mary Black, brightlight pictures, arielle boisvert, brianne nord-Stewart, kacey rohl

“Beat Around the Bush” is officially selected at the HollyShorts Film Festival

The next two months have some exciting screenings in store for BEAT AROUND THE BUSHThe film that just keeps going!

HollyShorts is an Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival and they have selected us to screen alongside some other fantastic films. The festival runs August 10th-19th, 2017 in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:

Date: August 15th, 2017
Time: 2:30pm
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States

“HollyShorts Film Festival is devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less.  Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.” www.hollyshorts.com

 

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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.

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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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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