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Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 27 young Angelenos intersect. A skating guitarist, a tagger, two wannabe rappers, an exasperated fast-food worker, a limo driver—they all weave in and out of each other’s stories. Through poetry they express life, love, heartache, family, home, and fear. One of them just wants to find someplace that still serves good cheeseburgers.

Inspired by a spoken-word showcase featuring 25 diverse high school performers, Carlos López Estrada (

Blindspotting, Raya and the Last Dragon) proposed a collaboration to develop the performers’ work into a loose, interconnected narrative, encouraging the non-actors to express themselves and their relationship to their city.

With its Slacker-inspired structure, fanciful form, and exuberant magical realism, SUMMERTIME is a free-verse poem—of the kids, by the kids, for the kids. The young poets radiate vitality, honesty, and profound emotion. By the time they wind up together in a tricked-out mega-limo overlooking the city, we believe in what their crazy, creative togetherness represents: hope. As the driver says, “Y’all got a pocket full of dreams, so don’t let me down.”

“Summertime is a gorgeous film, a sun-drenched travelogue for the City of Angels and a perfect showcase for its young talent, filled with showstopping setpieces and arresting visuals.” – Oscar Goff, Boston Hassle

"The film’s director, Carlos López Estrada, has created music videos for Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, and many others. In Summertime, he weaves a tapestry out of spoken word poetry and music, creating a freely associative narrative on love, loss, music and friendship." – Tim Jackson, The Arts Fuse

“The movies have a long history of ‘kids putting on a show.’ ‘Summertime’ belongs to that tradition even as it expands its boundaries into the heartsore world offscreen.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

  • Year
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Premiere Run
  • Director
    Carlos López Estrada
  • Cast
    Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers, Maia Mayor, Austin Antoine, Bryce Banks, Lee Blankenship, Bene't Benton, Gordon Ip, Jason Alvarez