Summertime

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From Executive Producer Kelly Marie Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)


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 27 spoken word poets, Director 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 the 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.”

  • Year
    2021
  • Director
    Carlos López Estrada