As most of you know, we have been working for the past five years to get this project off the ground. There have been many ups and downs and many learning experiences along the way–and we continue to get emails from our Kickstarter donors and fans who want to see this film, which only makes us more dedicated to bringing My Summer as a Goth to the screen.
There is new energy around this project right now, and we couldn’t be more excited!
We are happy to let you know that we will be announcing our new director, new production team members and our revised production schedule in the coming weeks! We are taking some aggressive steps to get this into production this summer here in Portland, assembling a very talented team and reaching out to investors and local business partners to make this happen.
As we continue to look for funding, they say “ask for what you want” and we want to see this film get made! Let us know if you or someone you know may be interested investors–with our low budget and state rebates, we believe we are a good investment in terms of ROI for local independent films. Please contact us if would like to make an additional donation to see this film come to life or want to host a fun, fundraising Goth-themed house party.
So, what else have we been up to these past few months?
Tara’s News: We wrapped the 7th Annual festival in March and it was fantastic! In addition to screening over 100 women-directed films, this year was especially fulfilling because we launched a new program dedicated to the next generation of women filmmakers: POWGirls. Over the course of three days–taking place during the 2014 POWFest–a group of selected girls developed, produced, edited and presented a film during the Youth Shorts program on the closing day of the festival. It was an event that brought me to tears and I was so proud of the girls. Check out the film and the post-screening Q&A at the POWFest vimeo page. For a more detailed wrap-up of the festival and ways for you to support click here. Read the great press from 2014 here.
The Winding Stream ~ World Premiere at the 2014 SXSW!
It is a real honor to work as a Co-Producer with Grammy Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Beth Harrington. The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty at the heart of Americana music–the Original Carter Family. The film features one of the last interviews with Johnny Cash, as well as conversations and performances by Rosanne Cash, John Prine, George Jones, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kris Kristofferson, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sheryl Crow and many more.
The Winding Stream premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival in Austin in March and has been to several film festivals since the premiere including: The Cleveland International Film Festival the Atlanta Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, The Southern Circuit and premiered in Portland on May 3rd! Many more screenings will be announced soon and you can find everything posted to the website. The film also got great coverage in a number of publications including Reelscreen, Filmmaker Magazine, Billboard, Rolling Stone and Variety!
I’ve been busily working on several new writing projects over the past 6 months. I’ve completed an hour-long pilot of a Deadwood-esque TV drama, Soiled Doves. I’ve also completed a spec comedy screenplay, A Marriage of Inconvenience, about a modern-day “lavender marriage”—a marriage between a famous closeted gay actor and a B-list starlet arranged to throw off an increasingly suspicious American public. It’s a perfect time for a film like this, wth the obsession over Blind Item gossip blogs and the increasing legalization of gay marriage across the US. Tag line? “Marriage can really ruin your love life!”
While I work on polishing the Marriage script, I’m also close to completing another comedy spec, Monte Johnson: Professional Cuddler, about a college dropout who starts his own non-sexual professional cuddling service, which is a success until things get weird. It’s a comedy in the vein of the best Judd Apatow films.
I’ve also begun the process of writing the YA (young adult) novel version of My Summer as a Goth, which I plan to share with fans on the social networking site for writers, Wattpad (www.wattpad.com). This book will be part of a larger, multi-book series called WOBs (Wearers of Black). Anyone who grew up in Salem, Oregon, in the late 1980s will remember the term WOBs and the sensational Statesman Journal article on fringe-dwellers who wear…black! I will keep you all posted here as I begin to publish chapters of the novel for public consumption.
Well, that’s it for now- but we will have more to announce very soon! Can’t wait to share it with you all!
Best, TARA & Brandt