Young teens may have the wildest imaginations as they transition towards adulthood with real issues and problems. Director James Ponsoldt wanted to capture that childhood essence and friendship facing the issue of family, maturation, and death in the drama Summering.
Here is the Sundance Film Festival description of Summering:
It’s the waning days of summer for four friends Dina, Lola, Daisy, and Mari, who will soon be going their separate ways when they all start middle school. While planning how to spend their last weekend together, they stumble across a mystery that takes them on a life-changing adventure. The friends make a series of discoveries that are as much about solving the mystery as they are about learning the hard truths of growing up.
The film has nearly an all-female cast with Lia Barnett, Lake Bell, Sarah Cooper, Ashley Madekwe, Madalen Mills, Megan Mullally, Eden Grace Redfield, and Sanai Victoria. James Ponsoldt directed the film that he wrote with Benjamin Percy.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer James Ponsoldt on telling an imaginative coming of age story of four young girls. We discussed telling a story for his daughter and how young children perceive life in a differing perspective of innocence.
James Ponsoldt directed 2013’s romantic drama The Spectacular Now about a hard-partying high schooler whose life changes once he met a unique girl. The film starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley won recognition with the Sundance Film Festival, National Review Board, and Film Independent Spirit Awards. His other notable films included the drama Smashed, The End of the Tour, and The Circle. Also, he executive produced and directed episodes of Master of None and Sorry for Your Loss.
Summering was showcased at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Watch the exclusive interview with James Ponsoldt below. Let us know what you think of the interview.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Sundance 2022