A blessing from the teen film gods
First, we are happy to report that Tara has just come off her most successful POWFest ever- a great way to end the 5th annual Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival. Box office and attendance were up over last year by a considerable amount, thanks in part to director Amy Heckerling's Portland debut. Heckerling, the director of teen classics Fast Times at Ridgement High and Clueless, attended the festival (her first visit to Portland) to receive a POWFest Pioneer Award for her groundbreaking work as a woman film director in Hollywood. Heckerling was a gracious, lovely person and wished us the best of luck on My Summer as a Goth-- which felt like a blessing from the teen film gods!
During the course of the weekend, both Tara and Brandon attended the OMPA NW Film Financing Symposium and connected a great deal with the Portland film community as a result. Tara was part of a panel discussion on crowdfunding and film festivals, and was able to show the My Summer as a Goth Kickstarter video as an example of a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign (THANKS TO YOU!). We were inspired by the people we met and filmmakers we heard, and as a result of the conference made several connections that could lead to making MSAAG a reality. Brandon is working on a 5 page treatment of the film this week, preparing to send it to a distribution company who requested a copy of the treatment. We've also been invited to speak to a screenwriting class about our Kickstarter and DIY filmmaking experience- all exciting stuff.
What struck us both this weekend is how all of our projects, especially Tara's POWFest, feeds the Goth project. While it may have felt like we took the first 2 1/2 months of 2012 off from Goth, it turns out we NEEDED that time-- to restore creatively, to focus on POWFest, to get to the realistic place we are today about what it's going to take to get Goth off the ground. Both of us are in firm agreement that we want to reduce the budget and scope of this film from just under a million dollars to something in the $250,000 range. It is a small film, it is our first film, and we want it to be a success. By "success" we mean: we want it to make it's money back and then some. At this lower budget level, we feel like we can truly guarantee our investors will get paid back, especially with all the special filmmaker's rebates the State of Oregon offers. We are more open to going to VOD (video on demand) with very limited theatrical runs. We learned this weekend that VOD is where the real audience is for a film like ours. That doesn't mean we won't see it in select theaters (we still very much dream about our black carpet premieres in Portland, NY and LA!) it just means MORE people will see it in their own homes. We want people to see it, we want it to make its money back, we want it to be good enough that we get to make more films, with increasingly bigger budgets as we grow as filmmakers and producers. Making a million dollars on a tiny, no-name indie is a fluke, a dream-- so making the film for that much doesn't make sense. Our mantra: Small budgets can yield big movies. We may just have to be the writer/director/producer/craft services catering team all in one to do it.
...Whatever it takes! We both feel inspired and re-invigorated after this weekend.
A bit of business: We've been getting questions about t-shirts and signed copies of Jillian Venter's book, "Gothic Charm School." The t-shirts are now in and being shipped, and we just received our copies of Jilli's book. We apologize for the delay in getting some of these prizes out to our supporters, but trust that we haven't forgotten you! And we will be in touch with you if we don't have your address.
We are excited about the upcoming Vampire Masquerade Ball, where we will be selling I (Anatomical Human Heart) Goth t-shirts and promoting My Summer as a Goth, setting up a mailing list, showing the film trailer, and connecting with the Goth community. We also hope to connect with Bauhaus member David J, who will be performing! For more information about the Vampire Masquerade Ball, see the web site here: http://vampireballpdx.com/ .
We look forward to the exciting developments we know the coming months have in store for us-- and will keep you in the loop as always! Thanks again for all your support!
Tara & Brandon
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