"My Summer as a Goth" Benefit Party at the Hollywood Theatre
On the night of October 28th, 50 people from the Portland/Salem and Seattle areas convened on the (possibly haunted) Hollywood Theatre, located at NE 41st and Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon to celebrate and show their continued support of the film “My Summer as a Goth”.
I was invited to the Friday Night Benefit, where supporters and film crew alike attended in their best Goth outfits and Halloween costumes, showing everything from Vampires to sharply dressed Steampunk. I had the opportunity to sit down with the writers and producers to learn more about this new film.
Now two years in the making and seventeen re-writes later, Tara Johnson-Medinger (Director/Producer) and Brandon L. Roberts (Writer, Producer and Director) recently opened up a Kickstarter program in an effort to begin generating financial support for the film. In less than one months time they not only met their Kickstarter, but surpassed it (their Kickstarter ends on October 31st, 2011). Tara told me that she wasn't sure what to expect from the Kickstarter when she first put it out there, it was more of an effort to see what kind of support there was for the film and the response was more than she ever expected. This outreach and support from the local Portland community gave Tara and Brandon the assurance they needed to move forward with the film project.
My Summer as a Goth is a coming of age film about a teenage girl (Joey Javitts) who is sent to live with her grandparents for the summer. Once she gets there she falls in love with the bad boy next door. In an effort to get his attention and win his affections she begins to transform herself into a Goth. But the process brings more with it than she ever expected and throughout the process she learns about life and herself.
When asked about the inspiration for the film Brandon said that it started out as a dream, a dream that actually woke him up in the middle of the night. The dream involved his high school friend, Joey (who in real life is actually a guy, throughout the re-writes of the original script Joey has experience a gender switch) who in his dream told Brandon, "don't tell my parents I'm a Goth, they will be terribly disappointed." As it turns out in his dream Joey's parents were vampires. From this dream and a collection of personal experiences the idea for My Summer as a Goth was born.
While the film is still very much in its pre-production stages Brandon and Tara and working hard to finish up as they ramp up to begin the casting stages for the film which is set to begin filming in June of 2012. They have garnered support from local companies such as Baby wit, Static, a Portland retail Goth Shop, KZME and Pocket Full of Posiez. They have even brought on Jillian Venters, author of Gothic Charm School and operator of the website by same name as the "go-to Goth" consulting for the film's costuming and music selection.
Despite the dreary and wet Portland evening, friends, crew and kickstarter supports alike all made it out to the Hollywood theatre to show their enthusiastic support for the making of this new film. Raffle prizes from the sponsoring local businesses where given out to those that attended and we were all treated to a surprise showing of The Lost Boys. The benefit was great fun and was a wonderful way to get to mingle and chat with everyone that was involved with My Summer as a Goth. I am sure this won't be the last benefit that Tara and Brandon will be holding and I will be personally keeping up as progress is made in the making of this film. mysummerasagoth.com