Kelly Marie Tran Boards Carlos López Estrada’s Spoken-Word Poetry Pic ‘Summertime’ As EP

Kelly Marie Tran Boards Carlos López Estrada’s Spoken-Word Poetry Pic ‘Summertime’ As EP
Exclusive: Kelly Marie Tran has come aboard as an executive producer on Summertime, reuniting her with her Raya and the Last Dragon director Carlos López Estrada on his spoken-word poetry feature film that world premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Good Deed Entertainment has distribution rights to the pic, which will now get a July 9 release date in select Los Angeles and New York movie theaters before expanding a week later.

Inspired after attending a spoken-word workshop featuring 20-plus high school performers from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Get Lit, Estrada proposed a collaboration to develop the performers’ work into a loose, interconnected narrative, allowing the young poets to express themselves and their relationship to the city in an authentic way onscreen. The result is the Slacker-esque construction Summertime, part contemporary musical, part sociological art, that bowed at Sundance in its experimental Next section.

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