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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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Cast members of YOUNG & RECKLESS are nominated for The 1st Annual Mics Awards!

Paige Bateman, Sierra Pitkin, Devon Ferguson, langley, british columbia, kelowna film

(L to R) Paige Bateman as STACEY, Sierra Pitkin as OLIVIA, and Devon Ferguson as DEVON in “Young & Reckless”

A big congrats from myself and the whole YOUNG & RECKLESS team to Sierra Pitkin who plays OLIVIA, and Paige Bateman who plays STACEY, for their 1st annual ​The MICs International Awards Gala For Youth nominations for their work on YOUNG & RECKLESS.

The Mics mission is to “recognize, honour and reward Canadian and International youth in achieving excellence in the entertainment industry.”

Sierra is nominated for Best Actress in a Web based Series in the 15-20 age category. Paige is nominated for Best Actress in a Webseries for a Principal/Supporting Role. Both are talents to be reckoned with. Paige was 11-years-old playing a 13-year-old when we shot the show last spring, and she’s a top notch professional, no doubt about it.

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Sierra Pitkin is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

Paige Bateman is nominated at the 1st Annual Mics Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside Sierra for Best Actress are Jaslyn Collis (SHIFT THE SHOW), and Cassandra Tusa (JENNY & JEFF). Alongside Paige for Best Supporting, the nominees are Roxy Bellum (ULTIMATE TRAP), Amy Polczer (LAME PARENTS), and Jaslyn Collis (A.N.X.O.).

Paige is also nominated for Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (LOVE, COLIN), Best Actress in a Short Film Age 11 (EVERYBODY SAYS), Young Filmmaker/Director Ages 5-11 (PAIGE’S PANTRY), Best Actress Short Film Age 10 (EVIL PLANS)

The Mics will be held May 27th, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Keep up to date with Paige’s work on her IMDB and Facebook pages. Keep up to date with Sierra’s work on her IMDB page.

You can watch YOUNG & RECKLESS at 35,000 feet when you fly with Air Canada, or you can watch it a sea level by heading to www.YnRtheseries.com

Congratulations and good luck to all The Mics nominees.

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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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