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July 31, 2021, 3:00 PM
Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 27 young Angelenos intersect. 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 freeverse poem—of, by, and for the young poets radiating 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.” R (for language) / 95 min.
July 31, 2021, 7:00 PM