My Summer as a Goth - Final Post Production Funding
Inclusion StatementThe film's story centralizes a young woman protagonist, passes the Bechdel Test and is Directed, Produced and Co-Written by Tara Johnson-Medinger, the Exec Director of the female-centric film festival, POW Film Fest. In addition, the cast and crew is made up of 85% women, LGBTQIA+ persons and POC.
About The Project
My Summer as a Goth is a coming-of-age story about the sometimes painful -often entertaining- search for identity & love in adolescence. After the sudden death of her father, 16-year old, Joey Javitts is sent to stay with her eccentric grandparents while her author mother promotes her latest novel. Joey falls for the beguiling Goth boy next door, Victor, and is transformed by him and his merry band of misfits in black.
Set in present-day Portland, My Summer as a Goth navigates Joey's relationships with her new friends, her family and herself, and will resonate with anyone who survived the social alienation of adolescence - and that first summer heartbreak. The feature film is the directorial debut from Director/Producer, Tara Johnson-Medinger.
The story of My Summer as a Goth is inspired by the teenage misadventures of co-writers Brandon Lee Roberts and Tara Johnson-Medinger, whose friendship spans over 30 years. Growing up together in Salem, Oregon (“Snailem, Snoregon”), the pair could be found hanging out downtown with fellow WOBs (Wearers-of-Black), kids who drank endless cups of coffee, chain smoked clove cigarettes and wore all black. This film is a love letter to those kids, all grown up now but nostalgic for their glorious, misspent youth—it’s also for those kids’ kids, still hanging out in the coffee shops and insisting on wearing all black in 90 degree summer weather.
The film has completed production & features many talented Portland actors, crew and musicians. The soundtrack includes an original score by Jana Cushman and songs by the artists: Anders Manga, Bloody Hammers, The Dancing Plague of 1518, Darkswoon, Golden Gardens, The Last Artful Dodgr, Man Repellent, Mercury's Antennae, The Resolectrics, The Spider Ferns , The Secret Light, Vice Device and We are Parasols.
The production of the film was independently financed and we are seeking finishing funds to complete post-production, marketing and a film festival tour.
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About This Team
Tara Johnson-Medinger has over 25 years of experience in the film and television industry, having worked as Producer of the feature CITY BABY (2013) and two documentaries:
ROCK N ROLL MAMAS (2013) and THE WINDING STREAM (Premiere SXSW 2014, Theatrical Release Fall 2015, currently on Netflix). She is currently in post-production on
her directorial debut, the feature film, MY SUMMER AS A GOTH . She is also the Executive Director of The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival and the POWGirls Media
Education Program. She served on the founding board of directors of the Women In Film Portland Chapter (WIF-PDX) for three years and was awarded the 2013 Service and Inspiration Award by the Oregon Media Production Association. Before moving to Portland, Johnson-Medinger was manager of affiliate promotion at FOX Broadcasting in Los Angeles.
Emily von W. Gilbert
Emily von W. Gilbert started editing ten years ago in a documentary production class for George Stoney at NYU. After
moving to Portland, Oregon she has edited everything she could get her hands on: miniscule experimental projects, fundraisers, documentaries, language lessons, corporate presentations, TV shows.
In addition to working as a location scout and manager in the thriving Portland, OR film scene, Chris has worked on a variety of short films, commercials, and features as a sound designer/editor. His favorite assignments are those that allow him to draw from his experience as a classical percussionist
Music Supervisor / Composer
Jana Cushman is a songwriter and multi instrumentalist residing in Portland, OR. She has been writing music and performing for over 15 years. The majority of her music is currently released under the moniker Darkswoon which is a dark electro shoegaze outfit. This is her debut as a composer of an original score.