While coping with her parents’ recent divorce and her unrelenting hormones, half-Asian teen Angie begins an affair with a jock at her new school. Though the affair starts out as flirtatious and fun, it changes into something exploitative, and Angie is forced to make a choice.
Inclusion StatementWith the majority of Inbetween Girl's creative crew heads being women – the director and director of photography being women of color – we are creating an open, educational, and diverse environment for our cast, crew, and supporters.
About The Project
Inbetween Girl was birthed out of frustration and confusion. Frustration because we never related to the coming of age stories where the girl takes off her glasses, lets down her hair, and is suddenly attractive and “worthy.” Confusion because these were the female-centric stories we were given. You know: where the girl’s goal is to get the guy, usually by changing for his standards, and thus completing her purpose. The end. Credits roll and our 16-year-old selves wonder if we’re failing at womanhood because that’s so far from who we are.
We were inspired to create a character that subverted this norm. A character who changes and grows not for a guy, but for herself. That’s where our heroine Angie Chen comes in – a 16-year-old Asian-American aspiring artist and the only girl of color at a Catholic prep school in Galveston, TX. She’s honest, charming, and funny, but she’s also wildly insecure about her art, selfish in regards to the people in her life, and doesn’t hold back on how shitty and confusing female sexuality can be. A mess. A human. We don’t claim Angie’s coming-of-age experience is every woman’s, but her story is one that hasn’t been seen before on the screen, and adds desperately needed diversity to the genre.
Inbetween Girl will be shot in whimsical beach town Galveston, TX – our director Mei Makino’s hometown. Galveston is the perfect backdrop for Inbetween Girl. Its vibrant colors and charming 19th century architecture give life, excitement, and character to the town, but the racial and socioeconomic split of the town’s schools provides essential context for Inbetween Girl’s running themes. Angie feels isolated and adrift in her own story and island life encapsulates that struggle.
All roads start here--with the launch of our Seed & Spark, alongside conversations with private investors. As of now we have shot an extended sequence from the film, as well as a proof-of-concept trailer (both of which will premiere online over the course of this campaign).
With funding, we can immediately enter the casting process. Angie's world is a populated one, and we need the right teens and former-teens to fill it. This extends to the other side of the camera as well--locking down a crew of diverse and experienced filmmakers who will ensure that we achieve this project to its highest potential.
Angie also has places to be! We can find the right schools, homes, and scenic backdrops to authentically paint the picture of growing up in Galveston. On top of that we will be in conversation with rental houses that can provide us with the best camera and gear packages at our disposal.
Basically what it sounds like. We come, we film, we conquer.
As in post-production. Editing, sound effects, color and music are all processes that are necessary to help Inbetween Girl mature into the film it was always meant to be.
Just kidding... our producers wish. In Winter of 2019 we will submit to festivals and prepare for a big-screen debut in 2020.
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About This Team
MEI MAKINO (Writer | Director | Co-Producer)
Mei Makino has been making films since she was eleven when she swindled her friends and family into buying overpriced cookies to help her buy a video camera. Since then, she’s graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-TV and Film, received the Standifer Emerging Filmmaker Award from UT twice, and has written and directed short films that have played at The Rockport Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, PBS, and ESPN’s Longhorn Network. For the past three years, she’s been teaching filmmaking and writing to youth in the Austin area through Creative Action and Film Camp for Girls where her students inspire her to tell honest stories about kids and teens.
IVY CHIU (Director of Photography)
Born in Taiwan, raised in Texas, Ivy is a cinematographer whose work has taken her across the globe. She has shot projects in Germany, Haiti, India, Mongolia, and all over the US. As a graduate of the University of Texas film program, she is also heavily involved in the Austin film community. Ivy has crewed in the camera department on Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, as well as numerous indie films and commercials in town. Hidden Summer, a feature film she shot in Houston, premiered this May 2018 on iQiyi, the "Netflix of China."
MATTHEW STRYKER (Co-Producer | 1st Assistant Director)
Matt Stryker is an Austin based filmmaker, having worked within the community for going on 7 years since his enrollment at the University of Texas, Austin where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, and Film. He’s enjoyed success for his short film work, including premieres at SXSW for Beach Day ‘17 (Director, Editor) and Joan on the Phone ‘16 (Editor, 1st AD), as well as notable festivals such as deadCenter, Cinequest, Austin Film Festival, and more. Recently he has just finished working on an independent Austin horror feature called Derelicts where he acted as Co-Producer, Editor, and 1st Assistant Director. It is currently enjoying its festival run where it has already played at Telluride Horror Show (‘17), Silver Scream Festival (‘18), and Arizona Underground Film Festival (‘18).
CONNOR PICKENS (Co-Producer | Editor)
Connor Pickens is a filmmaker based in Austin, TX. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film, he has worked locally as an editor and colorist for 4 years, and is currently employed at Rooster Teeth as the lead editor of the 3D animation department, working on award-winning shows such as RWBY and Red Vs. Blue, as well as the upcoming release gen:LOCK. In addition, he has recently finished editing a feature called Cherrywood which is currently in post-production.
KATE GOLLAHON (Co-Producer)
Kate Gollahon is a producer for Inbetween Girl. Primarily a writer, she recently received her masters degree in fiction at University of North Texas where she designed curriculums as a College Writing instructor and completed her first short story collection, Unclean Slates. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in creative writing at University of Arkansas, she returned to Texas to coordinate fiction contests for American Literary Review, an online literary journal based in Denton Texas.
EMILY GOLLAHON (Co-Producer)
Emily Gollahon is a producer and writer in Austin who has explored different types of media creation from TV and radio journalism, to online marketing, to film. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Arkansas, where she wrote and produced for NPR affiliate KUAF. After moving to Austin, she worked for a marketing company where she managed the social media pages of over 100 local businesses. Over the past year, she’s turned her focus toward filmmaking.