My Summer As A Goth is an empowering, funny tale about how we try on new identities in order to figure out who we really are.
MY SUMMER AS A GOTH is a feature film written and produced by Portland, OR-based filmmakers Tara Johnson-Medinger and Brandon Roberts. In order to shoot this film in Summer 2012 (for a Summer 2013 release), we are raising $20k in start-up funding. We are launching a 45 day campaign, 9/14/11-10/31/11. With these funds, we will develop our business plan, meet with investors, begin casting, and pay staff.
FILM SUMMARY: The story is about 16 year-old Joey Javitts, sent to live with her grandparents for the summer. During the course of the summer, Joey falls for the neighborhood Goth boy, Victor. She is transformed by Victor and his merry gang of Goths from normal teenager to Goth goddess--falling in love, making friends and finding herself in the process.
Have you ever tried changing yourself for love?
Have you ever had a summer fling that you’ll never forget?
Did you ever wear black on the outside because black was how you felt on the inside?
Our story opens on the last day of school, a day usually filled with the promise and excitement of a summer vacation's worth of adventures. Our heroine Joey, however, is not amused as she looks forward with dread to the prospect of spending her summer with her grandparents. As she is about to stuff her feelings with a pink old-fashioned, she runs into her high school crush Danny at the doughnut shop-- and promptly flees without saying a word.
Once she gets to the small town where her grandparents live, things start to get interesting for Joey. She becomes swept up by the charms of neighborhood Goth boy Victor, who- along with his merry gang of Goth friends- performs a "My Fair Lady"-esque transformation of Joey. Only in our story, the young Eliza Doolittle character rocks a funereal princess look and parties in cemeteries.
INT. JOEY’S BATHROOM - HOURS LATER
Joey is sitting at the sink with a white towel around her shoulders, stained by black hair dye. Pen, wearing yellow rubber kitchen gloves, is rinsing the dye out of her hair and scrubbing her scalp. Black dye circles down the drain. Cob and Victor sit in the corner, painting each other’s toenails black.
Okay, sit up and check this out.
Joey sits up and dries her hair with the stained towel. She examines her hair carefully in the mirror.
My parents are gonna kill me when they see this.
She turns and faces PEN.
It’s awesome, I love it!
Yeah, I’m good. Oh wait, one more thing!
She turns and grabs a make-up bag, digging through it.
What would a good Goth girl be without liquid liner?
She extracts a bottle of eyeliner, opens it and points it at Joey's eye.
Sit still and open your eye wide.
Joey sits upright. Pen artfully applies eyeliner to Joey's lower lid.
You know there’s no going back now, don’t you?
MY SUMMER AS A GOTH is a story about the awkwardness and joy of adolescence: the fear of being unnoticed and unloved, the struggle to grow beyond childhood and define one’s identity, the longing for connection in spite of otherness, and the pain of that inevitably doomed first love. MY SUMMER AS A GOTH follows Joey during this fateful summer as she navigates her way through her first summer romance, and learns to be a participant in her own life instead of merely an observer.
MY SUMMER AS A GOTH is a story about how sometimes we need to try on another identity to find out who we really are.
MY SUMMER AS A GOTH is for anyone who ever partied in a cemetery and fell for a boy who was totally wrong for them.
The film is scheduled for shooting in summer 2012. This initial Kickstarter campaign is being launched to raise development funds to:
- Assemble a solid investment package to attract investors
and market the investment opportunity
- Hire a casting agent and get talent attached
- Attend meetings in Los Angeles with potential investors,
co-producers, casting directors and some currently-engaged parties
- Attract the interest of possible seasoned
- Pay some of the very talented Portland-based
crew who have already put in countless hours of work to launch this film
While a donation to the MY SUMMER AS A GOTH is not tax-deductible, nor is it an investment in the sense that donors will receive a return on their money—it is an investment in two talented first-time feature filmmakers ready for their close-ups. It is an investment in the burgeoning Portland film community. It is also an investment in the power of independent film to tell entertaining stories with heart and humour that are real and speak to the extra-ordinariness of our seemingly normal lives.
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Shout out on My Summer As A Goth Facebook Page, Twitter, Tumblr and BlogEstimated delivery: Oct 2011
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"Oh My Goth" Postcard and "I Heart Goth" Button (and above)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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"I Heart Goth" Sticker (and above)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Invite to the My Summer As A Goth Halloween party at the Hollywood Theatre on Monday 10/31/11 (and above) (travel & accommodations not included)Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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Invite to the My Summer As A Goth Halloween Party on Friday October 28th, 700-900pm at the "haunted" Hollywood Theatre . PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE! + a surprise GOTH item to be presented at the screening! (and above) (travel and accommodations not included)Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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"I Heart Goth" T-shirt (and above)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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Signed copy of Jillian Venters' book, Gothic Charm School (and above)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Thank you in the credits of the film and a Goth makeover kit (and above)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Extra/Walk-on Role in the film My Summer As A Goth (and above)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Signed poster of the film My Summer As A Goth (and above)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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VIP tickets to the black carpet Portland premiere of My Summer As A Goth (and above) (travel and accommodations not included)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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Your name on a tombstone that will be featured in the the film (and above)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Goth get-away package! One night stay for two at local "haunted" inn; guided tour of haunted Portland sites; limo service to and from Portland black carpet premiere, VIP reception & after-party of My Summer As A Goth (and above)Estimated delivery: Apr 2013