Why I am making this film and how you can help

February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Since the 1980’s I’ve loved many aspects of the Goth scene – the music, the fashions, the art and the people. But, Goths have been very much misunderstood and demonized in popular culture, especially since the Columbine Massacre.

I’m making a film to counter all of the negative stereotypes and show that Goths are good people and mostly happy people who contribute to the world in positive way, have jobs, families, and lives. Goth is not just a fad, as it has passed the torch onto several generations now and has no sign of stopping. Help me get this film made and show the world that Goths are not evil people who shoot up schools, but we are a wonderful, lovely and lovable, peaceful creative bunch (some with fangs, however)!

The project is a feature-length documentary (Gothumenatry) film on the Goth subculture world-wide (if I can get the funding to travel, otherwise it will only contain the footage I have now). Filming has already been done to in Toronto, Montreal and via video contributions from Goths in parts of the USA.

The film features interviews with (these interviews have been shot):

Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots, Baron Marcus of the Vampire Beach Babes, Nancy Kilpatrick author of The Goth Bible, Lance Goth (the past owner of Sanctuary Vampire Sex Bar, The Catacombs, The Vatikan), The Westborough Baptist Church, Noah Korda from Bats Day in the Fun Park (audio only), Michael Ratt (of The Dark Place Gothic Society, healer and musician), Nik Beat (poet, musician, broadcaster), Stella Sanders the designer of S.I.N.S. Gothic Punk Fashions, Mitch Krol (Beyond the Gates of Hell radio show, the band Masochistic Religion), members of the Goth scene world-wide, the band Freakency, Cad Gold Jr., photographer Hugues LeBlanc, DJ Todd (ex-Sanctuary Vampire Sex Bar DJ and Internet broadcaster with synthetic.org), Jo Kuczynska of Fluffer Designs, Veronique Chevalier AKA The “Weird Val” of Cabaret, author Liz Worth (the book “Treat Me Like Dirt”), and lots more!

I have plans for extended DVDs (and online access) that will feature the full interviews with interesting people that had to be cut for the film, musical performances and neat things like graveyard tours that I have on video! I’ve always wondered why more filmmakers don’t release the uncut interviews from their documentaries. When shooting a doc, there are many hours of footage shot and never used. Let’s see it!

I need funding to get this film made and I need your help. This round of funding is going towards fine cut editing (hiring an editor and post production costs) and some additional travel for interviews/footage that is very important to the film. I’ve cut some promo clips and done a rough assembly edit, but there is a long way to go yet with the editing. I also need some archival footage and photos, so there are costs for those.

I would like to take a trip and film some interviews with Goths in the UK, Japan – where the movement is big, and in Germany where Goth is huge now as well. I need a decent amount of this money before next May, as there is a major Goth festival in Germany (Wave-Gotik-Treffen) that would be crucial footage and interviews to have in the film. Then, there is the M’era Luna festival in August that I would like to cover as well. I think I will meet many Goths from all over Europe at these festivals, so travel to these festivals will be great for the film! Then, there is Bats Day in California in May as well. This may have to wait for a part 2 – we shall see.

If I don’t get the additional funding, then I won’t be able to make the film on the scale of Goth world-wide and that would be a shame, as there are so many amazing things going on with the Goth scene outside of North America.

If you care about the Goth scene and what the world thinks of Goths, then help me get this film made and show the world the REAL story of who Goths are and what they are really about.

Goth is not easy to define, but it’s clear that they are not evil people who shoot up schools…now we just have to get the world at large to see this!

If you’d like to help the film get finished you can send us a donation in ANY amount!

Donations over $20 get a download of the film.
Donations over $35 get a download of the film, and access to the hours of complete interview footage online.
Donations over $50 get a DVD mailed out to you, a download of the film, and access to the hours of complete interview footage online.
Donations over $100 get all that the $50 level gets, plus your name listed in the credits of the film as a supporter.

Thanks, it will all help!