My Summer as a Goth begins filming THIS FRIDAY!


Indie filmmakers Tara Johnson-Medinger and Brandon Lee Roberts officially launch production of their film, My Summer as a Goth, July 15th—and are concurrently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000.

Portland, Oregon – July 8, 2016 – Portland-based filmmakers Tara Johnson-Medinger and Brandon Lee Roberts have spent the last 7 years developing My Summer as a Goth, a teen coming-of-age film with a goth, “My Fair Lady”-esque twist.The film launches official production on July 15, 2016, filming in and around Portland, and wrapping August 6th.

The multi-cultural, multi-generational cast is comprised largely of local talent: Natalie Shershow stars as the lead (Joey), and Jack Levis stars as her Goth love interest (Victor). The film also features Portland actors Sarah Overman, Jenny White, Carter Allen, Fayra Teeters, Jonas Israel, Sophie Giberson, Rachelle Henry, Connor Muhl, Sami Yacob-Andrus, Michael Biesanz, Lorraine Bahr, and Eduardo Reyes. Johnson-Medinger and Roberts are co-producing and co-directing, in addition to co-writing the screenplay.

As teenagers in the 80’s, Johnson-Medinger and Roberts were inspired by the identifiable characters and social situations brought to life by legendary filmmaker John Hughes, who defined a generation through his films. The duo challenged themselves as screenwriters to develop a script that celebrates the extraordinariness of youth’s first loves (and heartbreaks), and relates universal life lessons that appeals across cultural, demographic, and generational lines.

My Summer as a Goth is a film about the sometimes painful, often entertaining, adolescent search for identity and true love. After the death of her father, 16-year old Joey Javitts spends her first summer away from home with her free-spirited grandparents, and ends up transformed by the beguiling Goth neighbor boy, Victor. During the course of her life-changing summer, Joey morphs from the girl-next-door to funereal mistress in black, discovering herself in the process. My Summer as a Goth is an empowering, funny tale about how sometimes teens have to try on a new identity in order to figure out who they really are, hence the tagline: “Sometimes you gotta go to the dark side to see the light.”

The filmmakers are raising $50,000 via to move the project forward, launching the 45 day call for support on July 3rd and ending on August 17th. Funds raised will contribute to the completion of the film, including post-production editing, sound mixing, music licensing, and marketing and promotional efforts. The pair hopes to submit for a SXSW premiere in early 2017.

Kickstarter contributions start at the $5 level and go up to $5,000, with several distinctive rewards including: “I Heart Goth” buttons and t-shirts; a Goth makeover kit featuring local goth make-up brand Portland Black Lipstick Company’s products; an extra role in the film, and even a guided tour of Portland’s haunted landmarks hosted by the filmmakers for major donors. The filmmakers launched an initial Kickstarter campaign for the film’s development in 2011, raising over $23,000.

Johnson-Medinger is the Executive Director of POW Fest, the Portland Women’s Film Festival, and co-producer of the films “The Winding Stream” and “City Baby.” Johnson-Medinger officially joined forces with screenwriter and longtime friend Roberts in 2009, assembling a creative team for the project that includes: Jillian Venters, the film’s Goth lifestyle consultant and author of Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide For Goths And Those Who Love Them; Director of Photography, Moira Morel; Production Designer, Laura Norton; Assistant Director and Associate Producer, Daniel Espy; and Goth fashion designer Kambriel. Local stylists from St. John’s salon The Parlour, Heather Meinert and Carole Brotka, act as Costumer and Key Makeup Artist. Dr. Martens ( provides corporate sponsorship.

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