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“Beat Around the Bush” heads to the Broad Humour in Venice Beach

Brenda Matthew, Gina Stockdale, Georgina Stockdale, Mary Black, brightlight pictures, arielle boisvert, brianne nord-Stewart, kacey rohl, broad humour 2017

“Beat Around the Bush” is an official selection at the 10th Annual Broad Humour Film Festival

After the HollyShorts, and Atlanta Underground screenings in August, BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is heading back to Los Angeles once again and will be screening in Venice Beach as part of the 10th Broad Humour Film Festival. 

The Broad Humour Film Festival runs August 31st-September 3rd, 2017 and is a place where funny broads hang out with funny broads. Our lead actress Brenda Matthews will definitely be in attendance, and  it’s possible I will be as well!

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Where: Venice, CA

The Broad Humour Film Festival was named one of the 5 “coolest” women’s film festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine in 2016. I look forward to being a part of such a fantastic organization. www.broadhumor.com

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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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And the money finally rolls in (fingers crossed)

Not wanting to jinx my current good fortune, I have refrained from posting too much about anything about what has been going on. However, the news is public now (5 days ago actually but I was busy work/playing at the Squamish Music Festival – yes, I did see Eminem!), so I can at least mention a couple of well-timed events.

#1 – In January and March I attended two different segments of the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program run by Creative Women Workshops. Both workshops really kicked off 2014 in high gear and had me really focussing on WHAT’S NEXT  for me as a director. The new news you ask? The BC Arts Council came through with a Professional Development Grant in the sum of just over $5,000. Which covers tuition, flights, boarding, per diems, honorariums for mentors to well…continue mentoring me.

#2 – While having a lunch with two of my grade 8 teachers* a couple weeks back, I found out that I was going to receive the Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short-to-Features Award which includes a $32,000 production grant for Beat the Bush, (formerly titled, Cougars Cruising), and an additional $7,500 towards the development of a feature film of the same concept. So you can expect a new saucy short from me in 2014, which will tour the festival circuit in 2015 (fingers crossed).

#3 – Harold Greenberg Fund requires and experienced Executive Producer to oversee their funded projects. Thanks to an introduction by a venerable actor who participated at the WIDC workshop in January, Shawn Williamson, President of Brightlight Pictures, has enthusiastically come on board. SNAP!!

There are a few more opportunities that have been thrown my way, but I will post about them once they actually happen as for the three above awesome things, there have been a half dozen or more that didn’t quite line up. But there will be a half dozen more awesome to report in the coming month(s) I’m sure.

I am so stoked. Yes. I. Am.

*This is an important detail because they taught classes in Dance and Video which are two things I actively do everyday.

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