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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Cast members of YOUNG & RECKLESS are nominated for The 1st Annual Mics Awards!

Paige Bateman, Sierra Pitkin, Devon Ferguson, langley, british columbia, kelowna film

(L to R) Paige Bateman as STACEY, Sierra Pitkin as OLIVIA, and Devon Ferguson as DEVON in “Young & Reckless”

A big congrats from myself and the whole YOUNG & RECKLESS team to Sierra Pitkin who plays OLIVIA, and Paige Bateman who plays STACEY, for their 1st annual ​The MICs International Awards Gala For Youth nominations for their work on YOUNG & RECKLESS.

The Mics mission is to “recognize, honour and reward Canadian and International youth in achieving excellence in the entertainment industry.”

Sierra is nominated for Best Actress in a Web based Series in the 15-20 age category. Paige is nominated for Best Actress in a Webseries for a Principal/Supporting Role. Both are talents to be reckoned with. Paige was 11-years-old playing a 13-year-old when we shot the show last spring, and she’s a top notch professional, no doubt about it.

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Sierra Pitkin is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

Paige Bateman is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside Sierra for Best Actress are Jaslyn Collis (SHIFT THE SHOW), and Cassandra Tusa (JENNY & JEFF). Alongside Paige for Best Supporting, the nominees are Roxy Bellum (ULTIMATE TRAP), Amy Polczer (LAME PARENTS), and Jaslyn Collis (A.N.X.O.).

Paige is also nominated for Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (LOVE, COLIN), Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (EVERYBODY SAYS), Young Filmmaker/Director Ages 5-11 (PAIGE’S PANTRY), Best Actress Short Film Age 10 (EVIL PLANS)

The Mics will be held May 27th, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Keep up to date with Paige’s work on her IMDB and Facebook pages. Keep up to date with Sierra’s work on her IMDB page.

You can watch YOUNG & RECKLESS at 35,000 feet when you fly with Air Canada, or you can watch it a sea level by heading to www.YnRtheseries.com

Congratulations and good luck to all The Mics nominees.

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YOUNG & RECKLESS Wins Best International Webseries at Pilot Light TV Fest!

I just got word from the head of the Pilot Light UK TV Fest in Manchester that YOUNG & RECKLESS won Best International Web Series this weekend!
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Young & Reckless is the 2017 Pilot Light TV Fest Best International Web Series Winner

“On Saturday 6th May at MCR Central Library as part of Pilot Light TV Festival Season 2 we held our very first awards ceremony for our TV Pilots and Web Series content that were in competition, and what a competition it was! The quality of the content submitted to us for this Season was incredibly high and came in from all corners of the globe. It was very hard for our programming team to narrow the selection down to our lineup, let alone judge our very first awards. That being said we feel all of our winners (and nominees) should be proud of themselves and we cannot wait to see where their projects head next.”

Watch the show NOW: www.vimeo.com/channels/ynrtheseries

The nominees for International webseries included: Self-Help Junkie (USA), Hani’s Barber Shop (IL), The Play of My Life (AR), Trudy Cheesecake in Miracle World (FR), Young & Reckless (CAN), Brewstars (CAN), Tinder is The Night (USA), Zyara (LB), Out With Dad (CAN) by my new best friend Jason Leaver from Hollyweb Festival!

Jason Leaver (Out With Dad), and Brianne Nord-Stewart (Young & Reckless) at the Hollyweb Fest 2017 Awards Ceremony

Huge congrats to all the winners and the nominees, we wish we could have been in attendance!

Find out more about the festival at www.pilotlightfestival.co.uk

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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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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.

Follow me on Twitter @bnordstewart

Follow the show on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @YnRtheSeries

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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

Follow along @ynrtheseries on all the socials and head to ynrtheseries.com

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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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