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A short film that follows a 75 year old widow with Alzheimer’s who decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever?
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I think it can now be an official fact that whenever I am unable to attend a festival, we win an award. Basically, I should never travel and we’ll do really well!
Thank you to the festival for giving our film the recognition! And to all the below winners, congrats!
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:
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
The Atlanta Underground Film Festival runs August 18th-20th, 2017 and is known for promoting creative artists who create grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. That and the festival is, and a quote, “a non-stop party”.
The tickets aren’t booked…yet!
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:
“No Limits on the Words Shorts Block #3”
Date: August 18th, 2017
Where: Synchronicity Theatre
1545 Peachtree St NE, Unit 102,
Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
“The AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience’s expectations.
Much more than the traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate.” www.auff.org
The next two months have some exciting screenings in store for BEAT AROUND THE BUSH. The film that just keeps going!
HollyShorts is an Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival and they have selected us to screen alongside some other fantastic films. The festival runs August 10th-19th, 2017 in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH screening info:
Date: August 15th, 2017
Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, United States
“HollyShorts Film Festival is devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.” www.hollyshorts.com
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.
And 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.”
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
We’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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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 Adalian, Mary Black, and Gina Stockdale. It looks like we will be in production this summer. When I get a breather, the feature is next.
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.