Nicholaus Goossen discusses Drugstore June

Director Nicholaus Goossen discusses Drugstore June

March 3, 2024 A DGA Membership Screening Q&A in Los Angeles

Growing pains and neighborhood crime become the focuses of a young woman in Director Nicholaus Goossen’s comedy, Drugstore June.

Goossen’s film tells the story of June, a wannabe influencer juggling multiple problems: her parents want her to move out, her ex-boyfriend accuses her of stalking him and two detectives think she may be involved in the robbery of a local pharmacy. She takes matters into her own hands to solve the crime, while at the same time trying to get over her ex and become more of an adult.

On March 3, after the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles, Goossen discussed the making of Drugstore June during a Q&A moderated by Director Sammi Cohen (You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah).

During the conversation, Goossen spoke about how his DGA team made it possible to shoot the film in only 19 days on a very limited budget. “Kristin Ploucha, our UPM who I worked with on Hustle — and that’s like a hundred-million-dollar movie shot all over multiple countries — agreed to do our little, tiny movie and I was so happy. Our 1st AD, Pablo Gambetta, just won a DGA Award for ADing The Bear and was a referral from my old friend Adam Druxman, who ADed Grandma’s Boy and Paul Thomas Anderson’s early films. It was a bit nerve-wrecking, but it was also very gratifying to step into a movie and work with mostly all new people behind the camera and make something we think is cool. To do it in 19 days took a lot of prep.”

Goossen’s other directorial credits include the feature films The Shortcut and Grandma’s Boy; and episodes of the series Typical Rick, Six Guys One Car and Comedians Crashing Couches. He has been a DGA member since 2005.


Q&A photos by Shane Karns – Print courtesy of Shout! Studios

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