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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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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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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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Gonna cruise some hotties in Newport Beach with BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

Newport-Beach-Film-FestivalAnd the good news keeps coming. Beat Around the Bush is headed to California for the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 21-28th, 2016) and I’ll be in attendance.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films.”

Beat Around the Bush, is screening as part of the program Down Her Shorts‘ on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 PM in The Triangle 1. BUY TICKETS

The shorts in this hilariously title program are:

‘Cherry Cake’ directed by Colin Gerrard
‘Sleep Incidents (Sömnincidenter)’ directed by Malin Erixon
‘Tetched’ directed by Sanjin Malesevic
‘Moms On Fire’ directed by Joanna Rytel
‘Beat Around the Bush’ directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart
‘Subordinate’ directed by Clara Leac
‘After the End’ directed by Sam Southward

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Beat Around the Bush going to Tuscon, Arizona!

arizona25th_bannerWe’re having a good few weeks with official selections from established and respected film festivals for my short comedy, “Beat Around the Bush“.

I’m proud to announce that the 25th Arizona International Film Festival will be screening “Beat Around the Bush” as part of the 2016 program. The Festival runs for TWO WHOLE WEEKS from April 14th-May 1st, 2016.

“Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,500 films representing 90 countries to over 148,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, we are honoured to select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.”

#BeatAroundTheBush will screen on
Saturday, April 23, 9:30pm
at The Screening Room
127 East Congress
In downtown Tucson, Arizona.

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New short comedy film, “Beat Around the Bush”!

It is with great pleasure (and exhaustion) that I announce that my old lady orgasm movie, “Beat Around the Bush” is done!

The short film follows a 75 year old widow with Alzheimer’s who decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever. (It takes a few tries).

The short was awarded production financing from The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Award last year, which included pre-license agreements with The Movie Network, and Movie Central, as well as feature film 1st draft development financing from The Harold Greenberg fund. I was also fortunate to receive further development financing from CreativeBC! Thank you funders for support me!

The long process of submitting to film festivals has begun and in about a year’s time, the short will be broadcast on both The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada. Until that time, or until there is a film festival near you, I give you, THE TRAILER.

Fora trailer with close captioning: http://youtube.com/YGIKYhCEYmQ 


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Online Dating COMMERCIALS!!

I made my first commercials for a new Online Dating website! How very fitting after creating The Dangers of Online Dating! It was great working with some new collaborators, and one helluva time with all the costume changes!

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That is a wrap on “BEAT AROUND THE BUSH”

It is almost 8 pm on a Wednesday night and I am at my office trying to get into a rhythm editing, the now in the can short film, BEAT AROUND THE BUSH. I have a hunch it is going to be a very long night as I have se t a self imposed deadline of October 6th to have, at the very least, a final cut. (Yes, I know it is fast, but I want it done!).

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

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

Thanks to Harold Greenberg, The Movie Network and Movie Central, this film, which I have been pushing for awhile, not only went into production, but also has development monies behind it for a feature film,, and will be broadcast on two networks in the next 18 months. And I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a series of amazing events that are to unfold for me in the near future with all of my projects.

The team who, to date, have played a significant part in this film finding it’s legs after funding are my producer Katelyn Mann, who as it turns out, went to the same high school as me, a couple years apart, but whom I never met until a few months ago; my Executive Producer Shawn Williamson, the president of Brightlight pictures,  who gave me a mafia speech that terrified me and filled me with the most excitement and promise about where I am headed, and the possibilities for a long term working relationship; Paul Lukaitis, production manager at Brightlight Pictures who has facilitated vendor rentals and contacts of sponsorship for the film without whom we would not have made our budget; Ed Brando and Chris Jacques at William F. Whites who have supported my films and music videos since 2011 (I recently got my first W.F.W. swag hoodie and I actually feel like that was the moment of becoming a successful filmmaker…well, I felt successful before, but now I am officially in the club); Arielle Boisvert of Brightlight Pictures who has helped facilitate accessing the world of Brightlight, and my Director of Photography, Lindsay George, who shot a friggen fantastic short film, brought on a dozen amazing and hard working crew members, and whom multiple people have cornered me to express their enthusiasm about – she is fantastic.

There are a number of other individuals who helped piece details of this film together and to you all, thank you. I have not forgotten you contributions.

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