Beat Around the Bush (2016)

A 75-year-old widow with Alzheimer’s decides it’s time to have her first very first orgasm ever. (It takes a few tries.)

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BATB-BrendaMatthews_as_UNA1 BATB-GinaStockdale_as_BEATRICE2 BATB-MaryBlack_as_GOLDIEBATB-KaceyRohl_as_MOLLY2 Written & Directed by:
Brianne Nord-Stewart

Brenda Matthews,
Mary Black,
Gina Stockdale,
and Kacey Rohl

Produced by:
Arielle Boisvert,
Katelyn Mann,
Brianne Nord-Stewart

Executive Producer:
Shawn Williamson,
Brightlight Pictures

Director of Photography:
Lindsay George

Edited by:
Jeanne Slater
& Brianne Nord-Stewart

“Beat Around the Bush had us laughing and hurting at the vagaries of ageing—that’s tricky to pull off and [Brianne] did it expertly.  Comedy and pathos are really the same side of the coin, as [she] so astutely understands.”  – Russell Roberts, Actor


BEST SHORT FILM, Winner, Broad Humour Film Festival 2017
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, Winner, Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2017
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE IN A SHORT DRAMA, Nomination, Brenda Matthews, Leo Awards 2017
BEST COMEDY SHORT, Winner, Arizona International Film Festival, 2016
HAROLD GREENBERG FUND SHORTS-TO-FEATURES AWARD, The Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network and Movie Central, 2014


18th Kerry Film Festival, October 19-22nd, 2017
1st Filmchella, Twentynine Palms, California, September 29-October 1st, 2017
10th Broad Humour Film Festival, Venice, CA, August 31-September 3rd, 2017
14th Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, August 18-20th, 2017
13th HollyShorts Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, August 10th-19, 2017
18th Shorts International Film Festival, Trieste, Italy, July 1-8th, 2017
17th Nickel Independent Film Festival, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 20-24, 2017
13th Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, NV, Feb 10th, 2017, @ The Boulder Theatre
10th Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth, Texas, Nov 11th, 2016, 9:30pm @ AMC Palace 9 – Theater 4
11th Hamilton Film Festival, Nov 12th, 2016, 7pm @ Staircase Theatre
39th Denver International Film Festival, Nov 10-11th, 9pm @ UA Pavillions
13th Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Forli, Italy, October 2016
10th Yellowknife International Film Festival, Yellowknife, NWT, October 1, 2016, 9PM @ Sombe Ke’
13th DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington, DC, September 8-11, 2016 @ E Street Cinema
Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival, England, June 11, 2016, 4:30pm @ The Space at The Nottingham Contemporary
11th Macon Film Festival, Macon, Georgia, July 22, 2016, 4:45pm @ Cox Capitol Theatre
14th Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, June 19th, 2016, 4:30pm @ The Theatre Centre
16th deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City, OK, June 8-12th, 2016
25th Arizona International Film Festival
, Tucson, AZ April 23rd, 2016, 9:30pm @ The Screening Room
17th Newport Beach Film Festival, California, April 22nd, 2016, 6pm @ The Triangle
40th Cleveland International Film Festival, May 31st & June 2nd, 2016
17th Dawson City International Short Film Festival, March 24-27th, 2016
11th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival,
March 10th, 2016, 6pm @ Vancity Theatre


September 28, 2016 Radio Interview with MooseFM in Yellowknife, NWT  – LISTEN HERE
September 12, 2016 
We Are Moving Stories  – READ HERE

“Beat Around the Bush” (2015), Gina Stockdale as BEATRICE, Brenda Matthews as UNA, and Mary Black as GOLDIE

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