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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!

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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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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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NEVADA PREMIERE of BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

Beat Around the Bush has been officially selected by the 13th Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City Nevada. In 2011, my short Trolls screened at the fest and I’m looking forward to being a part of it once again!

If no surprised that we’re screening in the late night program:

Underground: The Naughty Side of DSFF
It’s late, so we’re gettin’ a little down an’ dirty.

Friday, February 10, 2017
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The festival runs February 8th-11th, 2017

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH in Texas: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

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Beat Around the Bush
has been officially selected by the 10th Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Right outside Dallas. Texas. That is right. Texas. Our old lady orgasm film is going to Texas. Hard talking conservative, Texas. I heard you aren’t supposed to mess with Texas.

It sounds like once again we have found a great home in a shorts block entitled, “Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby.”

Screening Time: Friday, November 11 • 9:30pm – 11:30pm, Individual ticket: $10 at the door (Cash or Credit), AMC Palace 9 – Theater 4 220 E 3rd St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

So what can you expect to see? “Sex-Ed class. First dates. Losing your virginity. Sex life in a nursing home. This block of shorts will make you laugh from the bottom of your…stomach!”

The lineup includes:The Importance of Sex Education | USA | Comedy | L. Elizabeth Powers | 15 min | Texas Premiere
In 1976, a 12-year-old girl tries to unravel the mysteries of sex ed.
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I Am Virgin | USA | Comedy | Cody Mathieson Packer | 13 min | Texas Premiere
Two awkward teenagers, set up by their parents to lose their virginity, come together and connect on their own terms. (Student Film)
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I Want You Inside Me | USA | Drama | Alice Shindelar | 13 min | North Texas Premiere
An introverted teenage girl searches for her boyfriend when he mysteriously disappears after she convinces him to take her virginity. (Student Film)
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Complimentary Breakfast | USA | Comedy | Conner Keesling | 5 min | Texas Premiere
Two people sit down to have a lovely breakfast together the morning after their one-night stand. (Student Film)

Jinxed | Australia | Comedy | Sam Eather | 13 min | Texas Premiere
Jason is jinxed when it comes to dating. Attending a party, he quickly discovers just how disastrously hilarious his jinx can be.
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The Holy Cave | Spain | Comedy | Aleix Massot | 15 min | Texas Premiere
Carlos is just another regular teenager in high school with one friend: Juan, the classic nerdy guy. Carlos is in love with Sofia; the girl of his dreams. When Angel, the hottest guy in school, starts to date her, Carlos has to work out a plan that will change his life forever. (Student Film)
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Beat Around the Bush | Canada | Comedy | Brianne Nord-Stewart | 12 min | Texas Premiere
Beat Around the Bush is a short adventure comedy that follows Una, a 75 year old widow recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, who struggles to stay optimistic as she tries her hand at achieving her very first orgasm ever. Fortunately, her two best friends, Goldie and Beatrice, are there to cheer her on.
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Q&A Following with Filmmakers in Attendance

Individual ticket: $10 at the door (Cash or Credit)
All-Access Badge holders have priority access into the auditorium
Seating capacity: 69

It’s high time I book my plane tickets so I can wear my cowboy boots and get twirled by some cowboy at Billy Bob’s or The Urban Cowboy Saloon.
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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH in DENVER

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Beat Around the Bush has been officially selected by the 39th Denver International Film Festival running November 2-13th, 2016!

Shorts 3: Late Night Shorts (97 min)

Showtimes

What is the theme of this program? “Feel like you’re stuck in a bad situation? Yeah, me too.”

The other director’s in attendance are Brian Petsos (LIGHTNINGFACE) and producer Adam Davies (The Itching).

“Our 39th Festival program truly has something for everyone—from the delightful dance-filled comedies of Tribute guests Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon to the diverse slate of works that makes up our country of focus, Spain, from timely and serious documentaries such as Do Not Resist and Jackson to the always curious and creepy Late Night Showcase,” said Brit Withey, Artistic Director.

During the 12-day Festival, DFF39 will present more than 200 titles representing local, national and international independent films, as well as industry panels, workshops, achievement awards and tributes; featuring more than 130 filmmaker guests in-person. Festival packages are now on sale at www.denverfilm.org. Individual tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 11 for DFS Members. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Wednesday, October 12 online or in-person at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).

Check out the quick overview full list of official selections here: http://bit.ly/2dtZZjC  or head to http://www.denverfilm.org

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MOOSE FM in Yellowknife talks about BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

In the lead up to the circumpolar premiere of Beat Around the Bush at the Yellowknife International Film Festival this weekend, radio host Jesse Wheeler asked Brianne a few questions about how on earth she came up with the concept behind of a 75 year old widow with Alzheimer’s who decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever.

LISTEN HERE

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH IN HAMILTON


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has been officially selected by the 11th Hamilton Film Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, running November 7-13th, 2016.

We are playing in the program COMEDY SHORTS 1 on Sat Nov 12th @ 7pm.
Location: 
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton

The program includes the following shorts (I’m sure you can sense a theme…)

Divorce Photographer

Beat Around the Bush

Love Stinks

Face Wash

Love

Fox Trouble

Third Wave

Whole Lotto Love

Orange You Gonna Dance With Me?

L’Encenedor Quàntic

ET TA PROSTATE, ÇA VA?

The Spot

Congrats to all the filmmakers. Our producer’s assistant Noah Leibtig will be in assistance to tell you all about the two lines of genius he suggested. He’s a regular stand up comic so I hope it’s a golden Q&A.

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Beat Around the Bush is heading north again!

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and the amazing humans that make up and support the film and art community.

Once upon a time I was trying to make a genre-bending and ambitious short film in Yellowknife called With Cold Tongues, which lead me into the arms of Pablo Saravanja, Amos Scott, Jay Bulckaert, and Jeremy Emerson. Jeremy has been the director of the Yellowknife International Film Festival since it’s inception (I’m 50% completely sure of that…could have been Pablo, or Leslie…) and has invited my films up to screen time and time again.

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Brianne & Pablo Saravanja outside the 2015 Snow Castle in Yellowknife where the Dead North films play and receive their juried awards! (The gash on Pablo’s head is make up)

Pablo and Jay were inspired that my short, The Provider, which was screening at YKIFF was made in 48 hours, which inspired them to create the Dead North Film Festival and had me judge the first year’s entries.

I am excited that Beat Around the Bush has been officially selected for the 10th Yellowknife International Film Festival, and will be screening this year, with a line up that includes some exciting emerging northern talent, including director Kirsten Carthew, and producer Amos Scott’s feature The Sun At Midnightwhich is the first Northwest Territories made feature film (90% sure of this)!

A few of the homies from Yellowknife also had SUPPORTING roles in Leonardo Dicaprio starring epic The Revenant. Their names are Melaw Nakehk’o and Duane Howard. I personally follow and admire Melaw’s moosehide tanning work, and her strength in learning and teaching traditional skills. Random fact, her nephew K’a Nakehk’o is our poster talent on With Cold Tongues. Maybe one day the film will get made!

I just want to go back up there. There must be something in the water. (Insert Con Mine joke here…)

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Filmmaker Amos Scott, Film Commissioner Camila MacEachern, Filmmakers Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja

P.S. I got so wrapped up in talking about how much I love Yellowknife that I forgot to write the part about Beat Around the Bush being accepted and had to go back and add it in. That’s love.

SCREENING DETAILS:

October 1, 2016, 9PM @ Sombe Ke’

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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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