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I made a new short in 48 hrs & we won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION, & BEST PERFORMANCE! #SHITSPONGE

I’m behind on the updates. I keep thinking there are no updates but I think the headline proves otherwise.


The Jun 11th-13th weekend I rounded up some of the finest crew members in Vancouver – who hands down are some of the best crew worldwide – brought them to a luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver and made a new short, SHIT SPONGE. And you know what? It’s really good.

Like, really.

LOGLINE: A budding hotel manager must evict one of the world’s most notoriously volatile party girls.

“Shit Sponge” co-starring Arghavan Jenati


My first three asks were a MUST. I needed them


I asked Riley Madincea to come back and write again after my last short BOT PROX was such a success. He said yes. Then there was getting a location – thank you co-producer James Hutchison for introducing us to Nephi at The Douglas Hotel for elevating our location from small cramped/cold/wet parking garage (on BOT PROX) to MULTIPLE LUXURY PENTHOUSE SUITES in a CUSTOM LUXURY HOTEL that just happened to be closed – I guess there are pandemic silver linings for indie filmmakers?) I really feel like I don’t know how to make anything without Hutch because he takes care of all the organizing and logistics and all I have to do is buy the thank you beers and well…direct. BUT THAT’S THE FUN PART!

I NEEDED David Trevail. Editor I keep courting who GETS me. That’s a hard find. Someone who truly understands story, pacing, comedy. But also MY kind of story, pacing, and MY KIND OF COMEDY. But actually. He is a storyteller himself. He was also an instrumental part of our writing in the first hours of the competition. Also just a damn JOY. Thank you for leaving England and moving here.

Then there was getting phenom director of photography and camera operator Ryan Purcell on board. Any Nancy Drew or To All the Boys fans out there? I did that by taking a job as a cinematographer’s assistant for 6 months which turned into 12 months because pandemic, and being the person who turned bland necessary emails about gear list and blocking changes into amusing dalliances of a need for some creativity. Ryan liked the emails. I asked and he said yes.

Is this all seeming too easy to you?

It was.

“Shit Sponge” co-starring Caitlin McCarthy

I cast Caitlin McCarthy because she texted me and said “am I on your project or should I find another team?” and well she’s amazing (she’s KILLS in BOT PROX) so that was an easy, YES.

Arggy Jenati I’ve been hunting for years and she was finally available!!

We got out some returning collaborators and some new ones I am so glad I connected with and honestly it was the best weekend I’ve had in a really long time.

I REALLY LOVE DIRECTING.

But really.

Really.

Can I please just being doing it EVERY DAY?

BUT ACTUALLY.

So a month after the filmmaking weekend we got to meet IN PERSON at a REAL LIVE MOVIE THEATRE and watch the top 20 films jury selected out of the ONE HUNDRED FILMS made for this year’s RUN ‘N GUN Filmmaking Competition.

And we freaking WON. And there was some AMAZING films.

We won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION (by me!), and BEST PERFORMANCE (by Arghavan Jenati). Hot Damn.

I can also brag about the SIX other nominations we had. 9 category recognitions overall.

2021 Run ‘N Gun 48 Hr Filmmaking Competition Awards:

Winner, BEST FILM
Winner, BEST DIRECTION by Brianne Nord-Stewart
Winner, BEST PERFORMANCE by Arghavan Jenati

Nomination, BEST WRITING by Riley Madincea
Nomination, BEST PERFORMANCE by Caitlin McCarthy
Nomination, BEST ENSEMBLE by Arghavan Jenati & Caitlin McCarthy
Nomination, BEST EDITING by David Trevail
Nomination, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY by Ryan Purcell
Nomination, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN by Neil Colango

So this pandemic has been challenging. That goes without saying but I’m saying it. But there is light. And I hope there is A LOT more to come.

HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors without whom this film would not have been possible:

The DOUGLAS HOTEL / PARQ Vancouver, William F. White International, Copy That Walkies, Means of Production, and SIM complete.

This film looks amazing and that’s only possible because of yours support, so from all of us, thank you very very very much!

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“The Dangers of Online Dating” is an official selection at Bilbao Seriesland!

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Staring down the competition on Opening Trailer Night at Seriesland. 😛

This is Emily the intern here with some very exciting news from Spain; THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING will be an official selection in the 4th Annual Bilbao Seriesland! I’m super stoked and hope you are too!

If you want more info about the festival you can check out their website and Facebook page.

Don’t forget to follow along and show some love to DOOD on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@DOODtheseries)!

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If you got into Hollyweb Fest you’d be drooling too! Los Angeles here we come!

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If you got into HollyWeb Fest, you’d be drooling too.

THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING is heading south in April as we’ve been officially selected for the 7th Hollyweb Fest in Hollywood, California! It was a fantastic experience to be officially selected and in attendance last year with YOUNG & RECKLESS (we also picked up best editing for the series!)

“As the world’s premiere destination for digital content, we are consistently screening the best digital series and pilots available online.” – Hollyweb Fest

Both myself and lead actress, Paula Burrows, will be in attendance for the entirety of the festival! See you there!

In case you didn’t know, Paula is also a writer and assistant editor of our companion webseries, “SEX, With Paula“!

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and social media to show us your support – IT REALLY MATTERS! – and leave us a comment on as many videos as you can. Cheers!

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Season 1 & 2 of “The Dangers of Online Dating” are all up online and on Telus Optik VOD

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The cast (and some crew!) at the launch party and screening of “The Dangers of Online Dating” in Vancouver, BC at The Penthouse November 23, 2017. (L to R: Stacy Mahieux, Paula Burrows, Brianne Nord-Stewart (creator/writer/director), Peter New, Byron Noble, Natalie Catherine, Sierra Pitkin)

To whomever is reading this, thank you for taking the time!

Whether you’re here to (fingers crossed) vet me for a job, check out some of my award-winning work (😉), or maybe we’ve gone on or about to go on a date and you’re cyber stalking me (well done, but please stop) thanks a million for hanging out long enough to read this sentence.

The last year was really all about getting my original digital series, THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING, written, produced, edited, delivered, and finally, launched into the ether that is the internet. Wow.

Well, I did it. The show is out (WATCH IT). Ready to be consumed (WATCH IT). It’s done (Did I mention you should WATCH IT). And I have already started releasing the companion sex education series, “SEX, With Paula“. There are 9 episodes of #DOODtheseries (WATCH IT)(use this hashtag!) and soon to be 9 episodes of #SEXwithPaula (this one too!) out as well, AND we’re going to continue releasing new episodes of the latter until we cannot possibly anymore.

Phew.

There are a few people that I absolutely need to thank.

First to the cast and crew of season one, which we started filming in 2012 (yes, really). To Paula, Stacy, and Byron, thank you so much for coming on board back then, and for still being committed 5 years and 2 provinces later! To our very tiny and committed crew, thank you for your countless (or few) volunteer hours on what was this little idea I had.

And then to Telus Optik and the Storyhive team. There in all likelihood would not be a season 2 without you. And definitely not a season 2 like this. And to Creative BC for that little bit extra. So…THANK YOU FOR ALL THE 💰 💰 💰💰 !

To the season 2 team…Season 2 was achieved with a great many more people, more crew, more cast, more locations – more everything – and all of those logistics were being planned and re-planned by my line producer James Hutchison. He’s the shit. (Don’t even think about poaching him.) To the new cast who came in and have been all about the show, I THANK YOU!

So what am I doing next? The question of the day, month, year, hour, minute, second…

Well, today I did some life stuff and laid on the couch and watched “Julie & Julia” because I needed Nora Ephron’s magic, and was subsequently inspired to write a new blog post (the film is about a writer writing a blog…)

Next up is re-writing a half hour pilot for THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING, re-writing my feature, writing a one-hour original, and pitching other web/series content that that I’ve been developing with other writers. I want to direct my first feature, and then my second. I want to get that first episodic gig, and then my second. And then I’m sailing.

Literally. I’m getting on a boat and sailing around the Cook Islands.

So please, watch the freaking show.

And follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@DOODtheseries)

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It’s almost THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING launch day

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Honestly, so much press talk. Not sure where to start with this other than THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING launch day is tomorrow!

If you’re reading this on or before November 23rd, 2017, you can get your tickets to the Vancouver launch & screening by clicking HERE.

It it’s after November 23rd *tear* you can start checking out the weekly release of episodes on the brand spanking new YouTube channel by clicking HERE. Remember to click SUBSCRIBE!

Press links will come soon, but in the meantime here is THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING on the Vancouver Sun cover, and a picture of me with host Cory Price at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 earlier this afternoon. We closed out the interview by playing “Little Death” by the local Vancouver band, IMUR. Take a listen to that track and the whole album!.

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Brianne Nord-Stewart & host Cory Price at Roundhouse Radio 98.3, Vancouver, BC

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Cover page of The Vancouver Sun, November 16, 2017

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YOUNG & RECKLESS receives 3 nominations from the International Academy of Web Television

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Andrea Shawcross (Co-creator & Writer), Devon Ferguson (Co-creator & Lead Actor), and Brianne Nord-Stewart (Director, Producer, Co-Editor) are stoked for the IAWTV nominations! Congrats to our cast!

I’m having a very proud mama moment as the entire cast of YOUNG & RECKLESS has received a nomination for their work the webseries YOUNG & RECKLESS that I directed.

The recognized categories include: BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE in a COMEDY, Sierra Pitkin, IAWTV Awards 2017, BEST MALE PERFORMANCE in a COMEDY, Devon Ferguson, BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE in a COMEDY.

Congrats. To. All. And big ups to Andrea Shawcross and Devon Ferguson for creating the show, and Andrea for writing such a great script that we all got to be a part of!

The awards are in LA October 4th, 2017
Buy tickets: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/IAWTVAwards/tickets

Early bird tickets for $35 END TONIGHT (they only emailed me today)

For a complete list of awards head to www.iawtv.org

Follow us at @YnRtheSeries and head to  www.YnRtheSeries.com

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“Beat Around the Bush” WINS the Broad Humor Film Festival with Best Short!

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH won Best Short at the 12th Broad Humor Film Festival in Venice, California!

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!

 

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

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“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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The Atlanta Underground Film Festival has Officially Selected “Beat Around the Bush”

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“Beat Around the Bush” is an official selection at the 2017 Atlanta Underground Film Festival

After the HollyShorts screening on August 15th, 2017, BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is heading to Atlanta, Georgia to be a part of the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. 

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
Time: 6pm
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

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BEAT AROUND THE BUSH is officially selected at HollyShorts Film Festival in LA!

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“Beat Around the Bush” is officially selected at the HollyShorts Film Festival

The next two months have some exciting screenings in store for BEAT AROUND THE BUSHThe 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
Time: 2:30pm
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

 

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