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Music videos “Shadowless” & “Movies” to screen in Vancouver Oct 28

IMG_0448On October 28th in Vancouver, BC, two of my music videos will be screening as part of the Film & Media Showcase by Women in Film & Television and in collaboration with DocBC and Cineworks.

These music videos are RYKKA’s “Movies” which was shot this summer in Switzerland, and Hannah Epperson‘s “Shadowless” which was released in 2014 and generously funded by Telus in collaboration with Public Records.

Want some trivia? Rykka and Hannah came in 1st and 2nd in the Peak Performance project 2013 with a combined cash win of over $175K. Money talks. These musicians are fantastic.

WHERE: Cineworks, 1131 Howe Street (back lane entrance)
WHEN: 7 PM

I will be in attendance!

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Billy Crystal made the Filminute Top 25 Shortlist!

filminute - header_info_2014Billy Crystal Fills the Silence has been selected as part of Filminute’s Top 25 Shortlist. It is in fact the only Canadian film on the roster, and there are films up from all over the world. Pretty cool. I didn’t realize the reach the festival had!

FILMINUTE is the international one-minute film festival that challenges filmmakers, writers, animators, artists, designers, and creative producers to develop and submit the world’s best one-minute films.

Watch the film HERE, and rate it, and share it if you so choose. There are some awards to be won, and one even has $2500 attached!

FILMINUTE AWARD CATEGORIES include:–An A-list international jury from the film, arts and communication industries selects ‘Best Filminute’ as well as 5 Jury Commendations. The public select the ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Top Rated’ Awards.

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Billy Crystal in your Vancouver Backyard

Billy Crystal Fills the Silence, will be playing on the big screen in Vancouver, BC September 6th as part of the Backyard Film Festival run by Beth Freeman. Don’t be surprised if you see another B. Nord-Stewart film while you are there!

THE RAILWAY MAN

TIME: September 6, 2014 – 7:00 pm     PLACE: Backyard, 107 West 17th Avenue

What to bring: a friend, dark sunglasses, fancy wig, something to drink and a glass, a chair/cushion/blanket
THE ByFFies ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY BE POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

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All things DOOD, Uranium, COUGARS and otherwise

This is Brianne coming to you live and direct!

So very many things have been on the go for me in the last few months.

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My project The Dangers of Online Dating (DOOD), which I am directing and created, and co-wrote alongside Benjamin Larose, made it to the Top 40 of the Cinecoup Film Accelerator (a mould breaking method of financing) and was consistently in the Top 10 in the polls week to week. You can find out more about who the team is, where the idea cam from and why DOOD is relevant by watching the “Mission” videos we created each week. Although we are no longer in the running with Cinecoup, The Dangers of Online Dating is not dead. My producer throughout the Cinecoup process is Digital Media Producer Corey Tracey at Rival Schools and we are working full steam ahead with exciting possibilities on the horizon. Follow DOOD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – It’s totally worth it. I’ve been taking pictures of DOOD buttons on everybody’s chests.

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In December I pitched a short film, Cougars Cruising, at the Whistler Film Festival. Cougars Cruising is an adventure comedy that follows three lively, enchanting, and passionate 70 year old women determined to unlock the key of sexual pleasure in their Golden years. Produced by Lianna Walden (Citizen Marc) and Kelvin Redvers (The Dancing Cop, CTV First Story), and edited by Lara Mazur (Arctic Air, Hiccups), this is an all-star team. But… I didn’t get that award either. It was bitter sweet as I was told I didn’t need another short film and that this should be a feature film. So that is where it is headed. First we will make the short with an amazing cast which includes award winning actresses Yvonne AdalianMary Black, and Gina Stockdale. It looks like we will be in production this summer. When I get a breather, the feature is next.

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Caribou Concept Maquette by Matthew Aebig

The other monstrosity of a short film is With Cold Tongues(formerly titled Uranium) which is based on Dogrib Author Richard Van Camp’s short story, The Uranium Leaking From Port Radium and Rayrock Mines is Killing Us. Production on this will take place in Canada’s Northwest Territories in the Yellowknife area. Our producers include Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulchaert of ArtLeSS Collective, and a new edition, Lesley Johnson. We have a stellar props designer/builder and Special Effects make up magician, Matthew Aebig, who is building us a life size zombie caribou, and creating this post apocalyptic world. Production and release date are TBA but you can keep updated on Facebook.

In October, I co-wrote and edited Kryshan Randel’s latest short film, Seasick, as part of the Bloodshots Canada 48 Hour Horror Filmmaking Competition, a competition that I won with Andy Thompson in 2010 for our short The Provider. In the next three weeks I will be going back to perfect our hasty 10 hour edit and get it ready for the horror film circuit which so loves Mr. Randel’s work. He has a cult following you know.

In other news, I wrote a feature film. Boy is that a crazy thing to say. The film is still in development, and is being produced by Genie Nominated producer, and one of the most awesome women I know, Amy Belling. We were shortlisted for the Telefilm Micro Budget Feature Film Award, and had been nominated by Cineworks, but we were not a finalist. Writing is re-writing and that is where we are at with it right now.

I have also been offered a position writing and editing an independent documentary TV series. Details on that will follow when all is confirmed.

This could be a very full summer in production. Or it may not be. Either way I will be writing lots, enjoying life, and working my butt off to better myself as a writer and a director.

Do you have something you want to pay me to direct, write or edit? CONTACT ME.

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The Provider wins Shaw Media’s Fearless Female Director Award

Brianne Nord-Stewart who directed “The Provider”, co-written  and c0-produced by Nord-Stewart and Andy Thompson, won Shaw Media’s Fearless Female Director Award from the National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival

In the latest round of award presentations for the NSI Online Short Film Festival run by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), Canadian short film The Provider, directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart, won the $2,500 Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award”…The awards were decided by an independent jury.”

Comments from the jury included:

Nicholas Humphries – “Brianne Nord-Stewart’s stunning use of cinematography [by Amy Belling] and performance in The Provider caught our attention in this alternative-history horror short. The skill she showed while shooting it for a 48-hour filmmaking challenge secured it for us as the best short directed by a female.”

Maureen Levitt – “Brianne Nord-Stewart’s strength lies in bringing out the best in her characters. She really worked holistically in The Provider to create a dramatic feel and story arc in this larger than life film.”

Joy Loewen – “[We saw] stunning performances from the leads and a creepily perfect sound design [by Raph Choi] in The Provider which equals a terrific accomplishment from a director who’s on my ‘one to watch’ list.”

We are thrilled that the hard work of our team of cast, key creatives, and crew was acknowledged with acclaim!

The other awards were given to,  Tommydirected by Theodore Bezaire, which won the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award; and The Dance, directed by Pardis Parker, which picked up the $750 Bite Comedy Award.

Read the Press release: Tommy, The Provider & The Dance pick up awards in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

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“The Provider” Now viewable online with NSI Film Festival!

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The Provider (2011), a horror film co written and produced by myself and Andy Thompson, and directed and edited by moi, is now available for free for your viewing pleasure through Canada’s National Screen Institute’s Online Film Festival.

My 2008 short films, Why I Bought a Bike, and Why I Fired My Secretary both screen in 2011 as part of the film festival and it is a pleasure to be selected once again.

It is also a pleasure to see Pardis Parker and Jamie Travis‘ shorts up on the site as well. If you get a chance to see Jamie’s debut feature film, For a Good Time Call… I highly recommend it! And it looks like its out on DVD soon!

Four times a year, NSI presents three awards: the A&E Short Filmmakers Award ($1,250) to the best film, Bite Comedy Award ($750) for best comedy and the Shaw Fearless Female Director Award ($2,500) for best film by a female director. Read more about the awards.

We look forward to watching all of the newly added films, and our fingers our crossed for some cash!

Thank you for the opportunity NSI you are doing an amazing job supporting emerging filmmakers.

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