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Summertime
O Cinema South Beach
Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 7:00 PM
SUMMERTIME follows the intersecting stories of 27 youth spoken word poets over a single day in Los Angeles…
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Admission Adult - $11.00
Admission Older Adult (62+ years old w/ valid ID) - $9.50
Admission Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID) - $9.50
Admission Children (12 years old & under) - $9.50
Admission Military (w/ valid ID) - $9.50
Admission MBFS Members - $9.00

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SUMMERTIME follows the intersecting stories of 27 youth spoken word poets over a single day in Los Angeles…

 

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, director 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.”