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 selected by T.O. WebFest

Another announcement that is with great pleasure!

YOUNG & RECKLESS is heading to Toronto at the end of May for the T.O. Webfest which runs May 25-27, 2017 at the CN Tower. Yes, really. A festival in the freaking CN Tower. Pretty Canadian, eh?

The three day festival, presented by Web Creators Canada, is in its fourth year and offers “engaging panels and workshops, networking, screenings, installations, awards, special events  and more!” See you there?

You can also watch all 5 episodes of the show RIGHT NOW on Vimeo.

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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

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Young & Reckless goes across the pond for Pilot Light TV Festival in England

YOUNG & RECKLESS, a comedy series about a 28-year-old dude whose arch nemesis is a 13-year-old, girl will screen at the Pilot Light TV Festival in Manchester, England, during their 2nd season May 4th-7th, 2017.

At Pilot Light we are proud to produce a communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television! In a very similar structure to a traditional film festival, Pilot Light TV Festival is hosted in Manchester over 4 days and will contain screenings featuring all kinds of series new & old plus exclusive panels featuring the writers, producers, directors, actors, commissioners, and more behind them!

Program: Web Series Shuffle, an eclectic block dedicated to the diversity of content in web series.
Screening Time: Friday May 5th, 2017 @ 4:10pm @ Manchester Central Library (MCR)

Tickets to MCR Central Library Events:

Single Slot Tickets: £5 (Inc fees)
Friday Day Pass: £20 (Plus fees)
Both Day Pass: £30 (Plus fees)

Check out the full festival line up HERE.

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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!

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