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The Girl and The Goldschmidt Machine


In the 1970’s sleepy city of Portland, Oregon, a beloved leader was elected. He assembled an entourage of people who helped keep his secret in exchange for their own wealth and power.


Content Warning: The following project contains material that may be harmful or traumatizing to some audiences.



Backstory

Plenty of filmmakers could’ve brought this story to screen as there was a significant amount of time between when the initial story was published in 2004 and now. However, the story came to us in a unique way as we were working on a documentary about how our City of Portland was experiencing changes and growth like never before.

That specific project piqued the interest of some people and we were asked to do a Ted Talk as a result.


Moments after we left the stage, we received an email:

“I’ve got another take on your Portland story that you may want to hear.”

It was signed by Neil Goldschmidt’s former speech writer. We agreed to meet him for coffee and very soon after we jumped into production.


Production & Post-Production

Interviews include journalists and testimony from first hand accounts as well as a child sexual abuse lawyer, and the Senator who tipped the reporter who broke the story to the public, and won a Pulitzer as a result.

The story is told through these accounts as well as archival footage, speeches, depositions, news articles and photographs. 

Heading up this project, 2x Webby nominated filmmaker Kristen Kingsbury (Pattern Integrity Films) has written, directed and edited the film. 

Kristen got her start in the film industry in 2006 working for LAIKA on the Academy nominated stop motion feature, Coraline. Recent Webby Nominated works include political short films #AmericaWakeUp featured in Fast Company Magazine and Esquire as well as Shining City on a Hill as seen in AdAge. Current projects in addition to this one is a new docuseries, PROCESS. Episodes reveal the how and why creatives and athletes do what they do in their respective industries to reach success. The series can be viewed quarterly at the Hollywood Theatre in the Portland International Airport and on the Pharcyde.TV Network.


We anticipate releasing The Girl and The Goldschmidt Machine this summer/fall 2024.


Funding

The entire production of “The Girl and The Goldschmidt Machine” has been self-funded and is close to a final cut.


We are seeking finishing funds for:

  • licensing archival footage,
  • music and scoring,
  • final edits,
  • title sequencing,
  • sound engineering,
  • color correction,
  • graphic design,
  • marketing and film festival entry fees.

While lack of funds will not prevent completion, the contributions that are received will aid in augmenting post-production turn around and quality. The more polished a feature is, the more eligible it is for bigger screens and audiences. The more screens this film sees, the bigger the impact we collectively have on this story and its purpose in telling it.


Goal

  1. While this feature documentary is about the events that took place, it also shines a light on political corruption and how people benefit from keeping quiet, looking the other way or even taking part in enabling the abuse to occur.

    Child sex abuse is so pervasive, in fact, this story could, has and does take place in Any City, USA… and of course, globally. Our aim is to leave viewers with solutions to the problem so we can begin to put an end to child abuse altogether.

  2. Statistics:
    • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse
    • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13
    • According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.

Thank you so much for your support,
your contribution not only helps us finish this beautiful film,
but it shares an important message with artistic integrity.