Tuesday, August 3 - Wednesday, August 4
Directed by Carlos López Estrada
95 Mins | English | R
SUMMERTIME follows the intersecting stories of 27 youth spoken word poets over a single day in Los Angeles. The director’s ground-breaking vision began at a poetry showcase where performers from across the City of Angels recited fearlessly personal texts about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city. The project was then developed around their individual poems and interwoven into a larger, unified, and gloriously moving narrative experiment — part contemporary musical and part sociological art. SUMMERTIME explores themes of identity, community, and intersectionality through the unique perspectives of this diverse ensemble.
“Not only did Summertime open my eyes to a form of expression I was dismissing but it also offers the chance to experience something important to another. Whether you can relate or not, sharing truths in such a raw fashion is bound to make an impression.” Collider
“Estrada’s film sounds just like teen spirit, with big, beating hearts that all share center stage.” RogerEbert.com