Young & Reckless is headed for some Sunshine in Florida!

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that YOUNG & RECKLESS – the digital series I directed and produced about a 28-year-old dude whose arch nemesis is a 13-year-old girl – is headed to St. Petersburg, Florida for the 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival!

The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006. Now it is an internationally recognized event with an annual attendance of over 10,000 in St. Petersburg, FL and Los Angeles, CA. In 2013 the festival expanded to Los Angeles and now holds the Florida version in the spring and the Los Angeles version in the fall each year.

Find out more about the festival – including Dylan McDermott’s presence – at sunscreenfilmfestival.com

Not in Florida? You can watch all 5 episodes of season one right now at www.YnRtheseries.com

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Rykka’s “Bad Boy” is heading to Newport Beach!

“Bad Boy”, a music video I directed in 2016 for Swiss-Canadian artist RYKKA, has been Officially Selected by the 18th Newport Beach Film Festival in California, April 20-27, 2017.

It’s a pretty rad festival as I found out last year when my short BEAT AROUND THE BUSH was officially selected. A shout out to programmer Bojana Sandic for inviting me to submit all of RYKKA’s videos, and also for programming one seriously hilarious short this year, HAND JOB, by Alex Heller. Check it out.

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YOUNG & RECKLESS is a “Seleccion Oficial” at Buenos Aires Web Fest

EDNA (June B. Wilde) is thrilled all the heavy lifting paid off!

EDNA (June B. Wilde) is thrilled all the heavy lifting is paying off!

YOUNG & RECKLESS is getting off to a great start with official selections to worldwide webfests!

I’m proud to announce that the Buenos Aires Web Festival in Argentina has officially selected YOUNG & RECKLESS and Episode 1 will screen between March 21-23, 2017.

I’ve called in a favour to the Argentinians I know to make sure our Spanish subtitles are up to snuff!

Want to check it all out? www.YnRtheSeries.com is your source.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS TO DATE:

6th HollyWeb Festival, Hollywood, CA, March 30th-April 2nd, 2017
Buenos Aires Web Festival, Argentina, March 21-23, 2017
Seattle Web Fest, Washington, March 11, 2017

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Young & Reckless officially selected by Hollyweb Festival

BRYCE (Seth Isaac Johnson) can't believe it!

BRYCE (Seth Isaac Johnson) can’t believe it! Young & Reckless  is Officially Selected at HollyWeb

My comedy webseries YOUNG & RECKLESS is heading to Hollywood in March as an Official Selection at the HollyWeb Festival which runs March 30th to April 2nd, 2017!

Two of the five episodes will be be screening as part of the four day festival which boasts numerous award categories including, BEST SERIES, BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES, BEST PILOT, BEST COMEDY, BEST DRAMA, I.A.W.T.V DIVERSITY AWARD, BEST ACTOR in a COMEDY, BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY, BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, BEST DIRECTING, BEST SCREENWRITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING,  and BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC/SCORE.

The HollyWeb Best Series winner will be screened at Raindance Web Festival and the prize includes a trip to London!

For schedule and ticket information head HERE. Can’t wait and want to watch Young & Reckless RIGHT NOW? Click HERE.

Want to know more about the show? Click Here.

YOUNG & RECKLESS was supported by Telus Optik Local and CreativeBC

 

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New music video “Runnin’ Away” for RYKKA

Above you’ll find the third music video collaboration with RYKKA for her track “Runnin’ Way” which we shot in Luzern and Zurich, Switzerland. This baby was also shot by Oliver McGarvey, my long time childhood chum, and the same DOP for Rykka’s “Movies” music video in the glacier.

Hit fullscreen and HD for all that black lamb goodness.

Want some literary material to back it up?

Jordan Miller from BreatheHeavy.com writes:

Got a case of the Mondays? Trying to make sense of President Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration ban? Still hungover from Saturday? Wouldn’t life be easier if we could leave all our troubles behind and run off into the sunset? Let’s take a cue from singer-songwriter Rykka, who evades everything dreary in the latest visual off her recently-released album Beatitudes. In the Brianne Nord-Stewart-directed clip, Rykka lost all fucks: she eats a bowl of cherries, pets a baby lamb, dances in an empty pool “Formation” style and cruises through the countryside in a vintage car. How’s your 2017 going?

Jenna Melanson from Canadianbeat.com quotes me:

We’ve done three music videos together. “Runnin’ Away” was filmed in Switzerland and it was a unique experience to spend time living on Rykka’s farm and travel down the hill to swim in the Zurich lake every day. For two weeks we shot the music videos and edited them. This opportunity of living together fostered a unique collaboration as artists. I don’t think I could repeat those circumstances with just anyone. Beyond talent, Rykka’s vision of who she is as an artist is clear and unfaltering.

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Young & Reckless gets selected by Seattle WebFest!

2016-seattle-web-festIn 2016 I directed YOUNG & RECKLESS, a comedy (web)series about a 28-year-old dude whose arch nemesis is a 13-year-old girl, and it is with great pleasure I announce it has been officially selected by the 2017 Seattle Web Festival in Washington state!

The fest takes place on March 11, 2017 and I will likely be in attendance.

To see the full list of official selections, CLICK HERE.

And please enjoy the show!

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

Young & Reckless now streaming around the world!

L to R: Devon, Brianne, Andrea, Sierra (as OLIVIA)

L to R: Devon Ferguson (as DEVON/co-creator), , Brianne Nord-Stewart (director/producer, Andrea Shawcross (writer/co-creator), Sierra (as OLIVIA)

Back in April I was in production directing a hilarious and fresh presentation pilot written by one of my favourite collaborators, Andrea Shawcross. The project? YOUNG & RECKLESS. If that’s enough to hook you already, just head to www.YnRtheseries.com to get your binge on.

YOUNG & RECKLESS follows a 28 year old dude whose arch nemesis is a 13 year old girl.

(I would like to remind you to check your eyes so you realize this is not called “Young & Restless” like the daytime soap opera. We aren’t blasting our show with white diffusion and melodramtic scenes about nothing to culminate in a hundred some hours of a TV season where nothing happens but there’s a lot that is constantly suggested WILL happen. Eventually.)

Our show,YOUNG & RECKLESS, is the brainchild of writer Andrea Shawcross and her long time collaborator, Devon Ferguson. We were able to produce this pilot with the support of Telus Optik Local and CreativeBC, and it can be viewed on Telus’ VOD platform and YouTube channel.

The series stars Leo Nominated actor and co-creator Devon Ferguson (How to be an Actor) as a fast-talking law-school drop out who volunteers to babysit the daughter of his crush, the Camaro-driving, ad exec neighbor (Christina SicoliParanormal Solutions), only to discover she’s a 13-year-old nightmare (Sierra Pitkin,TrollsJuno). Doron Bell (DinoTrux), June B. Wilde (The Butterfly Effect) and Seth Isaac Johnson (The Killing) round out the stellar cast, and introduces newcomer Paige Bateman as a 12 year-old feminist sidekick.

OLIVIA (Sierra Pitkin) come head to head with authority.

OLIVIA (Sierra Pitkin) come head to head with authority.

Women further dominated behind the camera with cinematographer Lindsay George (Beat Around the Bush, A Night for Dying Tigers, Prodigals). The shoot was a reunion for Sierra Pitkin, a self-proclaimed 15 year-old vegetarian feminist, and myseld who first worked together in 2009 on Trolls.

Our YOUNG & RECKLESS team was mentored by television writer Mark Farrell (Seed, Corner Gas), producer Andrew Williamson (Motive), and branding consultant Annelise Larson, in partnership with Canada’s National Screen Institute (NSI).

YOUNG & RECKLESS features a great Canadian soundtrack from many up-and-coming Canadian bands including Rykka, Van Damsel, and Doom Squad. YOUNG & RECKLESS completed principal photography in Langley and Kelowna, BC in May, 2016 and was released October 7th, 2016

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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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