Sundance, the first festival of the New Year, has announced the featured films we will be talking about for the rest of the year and beyond. Get Lit, along with Carlos Lopez Estrada, and production companies Little Ugly and Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), are honored to have had their film, Summertime, be chosen as a featured work.
The film transpires over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, where the lives of 25 young Angelinos intersect. A skating guitarist, a tagger, two wannabe rappers, an exasperated fast-food worker, and 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) proposed a collaboration to develop the performers’ work into a loose, interconnected narrative, allowing 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.”
In a day and age where diversity in all its forms is at the forefront of conversations, Summertime showcases the talents of a cross-section of young poets who developed their talents as a result of the Get Lit program.