The music-driven coming-of-age movie Mixtape is streaming on Netflix. With Gemma Brooke Allen as 12-year-old Beverly and Julie Bowen as the young grandmother who raised her.
On the eve of Y2K, orphaned, awkward 12-year-old Beverly Moody (Gemma Brooke Allen) discovers a broken mixtape crafted by her teen parents. Raised by her grandmother Gail (Julie Bowen), a former teen mom herself who finds it painful to speak about her late daughter, Beverly sees this mixtape as a chance to finally learn more about her parents. So she sets out on a journey to find all the songs on the tape. Along the way, she makes friends with her quirky neighbor, Ellen (Audrey Hsieh); intimidatingly tough, Nicky (Olga Petsa); and Anti, an anti-everything record store owner who’s the key to finding these tracks, and a renewed bond between Gail and Beverly.
Director: Valerie Weiss.
Cast: Gemma Brooke Allen, Julie Bowen, Nick Thune, Jackson Rathbone, Olga Petsa, Audrey Hsieh and Diego Mercado.
Writer: Stacey Menear with revisions by Alice Wu.
Mixtape filmed in Vancouver from early February to late March this year.
You may recognize Abbotsford’s Freewheelin Records.
The highlight of Mixtape’s production for me was the Ed reunion in Vancouver between Mixtape’s Julie Bowen and The Flash’s Tom Cavanagh.
Mixtape dropped December 3rd on Netflix.