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I directed a horror-comedy, survived a pandemic (so far), am working on a Netflix show, and going to Austin Film Festival (virtually, of course)!

It has been a long minute. It seems like just yesterday I shared the PEN15 pitch video and I was looking forward to them hiring me for the second season. (Spoiler alert: the second season is out and I didn’t direct any of the episodes… BUT THERE’S ALWAYS SEASON 3!)

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“Bot Prox” (2020)

Since then, I directed a short horror-comedy BOT PROX during a 48 hour blood and guts themes competition, got a gig on a Netflix limited series, stayed home for five months like I was told – –

BECAUSE COVID-19 IS REAL SO WEAR YOUR DANG MASK & WASH YOUR HANDS LIKE YOU’VE BEEN CUTTING JALAPENOS AND ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OUT YOUR CONTACT LENSES

– – and have since started back on said Netflix show, played New Filmmakers Film Festival (virtually) with BOT PROX, and also finally finished the film! (It may have been a work in progress at the fest…)

And this week is the opening of the 27th Austin Film Festival and guess what? BOT PROX is an official selection! Woot woot! Who knew that a little 48 hour horror-comedy film would get into one of the most esteemed film festivals in the world?

Well it feels pretty freaking great.

YOUNG & RECKLESS has made our dreams come true 'cause Austin Film Festival  here we come! | Brianne Nord-Stewart

Having been officially selected at Austin in 2017 with my digital series YOUNG & RECKLESS, I can say from experience that getting into Austin Film Festival is a huge honour and attending is a privilege any filmmaker should fucking make happen.

BOT PROX is programmed for its World Premiere in Shorts Program 5: Over My Dead Shorts. I love it when they get punny with the program names. This is sure to be a horrorific treat.

The program includes:

The Internet Kills
directed & written by Eren Celeboglu & Ari Costa (United States)
The Last Starship
directed & written by Eric Haywood (United States)
The Recordist
directed & written by Indianna Bell & Josiah Allen (Australia)
Hey, It’s Me
directed & written by Courtney & Mark Sposato
Oh Deer
directed & written by Richard C. Jones (United States)
Bot Prox
directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart, written by Riley Madincea (Canada)
Carmentis
directed & written by by Antony Webb (Australia)
Yandere
directed & written by William Laboury (France)

All the films in this program are eligible for audience awards so be sure to watch and tell @austinfilmfest how you feel about it. While your at it, tell me @bnordstewart how you feel about it.

The program will be available to watch online starting October 23, 2020 through till October 29th. Just the program is $12, but you can entertain to your hearts content with their Film Pass for $30 or all of the amazing panels and conferences with WORKING & ACTUALLY SUCCESSFUL film industry folks with their Virtual Badge for $200

To check out what else the 2020 Austin Film Festival has to offer head to: watch.eventive.org/austinfilmfestival2020 and tell me about how amazing it was as I’m on set 16 hours a day and sleeping all the rest.

That’s definitely not a complaint.

More on that gig another time.

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH & YOUNG & RECKLESS are available for streaming on Filmocracy

It’s very cool that some of my work is getting new life on new platforms! BEAT AROUND THE BUSH and my webseries YOUNG & RECKLESS are now available for free to members/users of the gamified streaming platform. www.filmocracy.com

Young & Reckless, directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart

I honestly know nothing about the platform (or gaming in for that matter ), and at quick glance it talked about leader board and ratings and creating an avatar and that’s just another wormhole of procrastination I’m not getting into. But if you live for that stuff, AWESOME!

This license was facilitated in a partnership with FilmHub and the Cleveland International Film Festival where BEAT AROUND THE BUSH was officially selected in 2016. So that’s pretty dope, right?

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“The Dangers of Online Dating” and “Young & Reckless” are getting some home town love from Vancouver Web Fest!

byron noble, paula burrows, doodtheseries, the dangers of online dating, sexy yoga man

Feel like taking a moment to relish in “The Dangers of Online Dating” being nominated in two categories at Vancouver WebFest? Us too. Best Comedy Series, and Best Actor

My shows THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING and YOUNG & RECKLESS are both official selections at the 2018 Vancouver Web Fest and we couldn’t be more excited to show off our show in our home town. There are a number of fantastic Vancouver webseries selected, along with some out of town shows I really enjoy!

“The Dangers of Online Dating” is nominated for BEST ACTOR for Byron Noble‘s performance as ALEXANDRE, Paula’s brutally honest best friend, and for BEST COMEDY and screens April 20th at 4:50pm in block 10.

“Young & Reckless” is nominated for BEST COMEDY, BEST OF BC, and BEST ORIGINAL SCORE by composer Jeff Toyne  and screens April 20th at 3pm in block 9.

Shout outs to local shows “Inconceivable” from Joel Ashton McCarthy, and “Spiral” from Karen McClellan, and a fantastic Australian show “High Life” from Luke Eve. He’s an asshole by the way. JUST KIDDING! Luke is a gem. As is Joel. I haven’t met Karen yet but I’m sure she’s also a piece of work. A great work of course!

I’m being cheeky. I’ll stop. (For now)

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“The Dangers of Online Dating” is an official selection at the 2018 Vancouver Web Fest.

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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.

Keep up to date at facebook.com/BATBthemovie and Twitter.com/BATBthemovie

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