Carlos López Estrada gave direction to the summer film, Summertime. A film that features 27 characters that had the opportunity to voice through poetry. A film that is now being used by high school and university instructors to help students reconnect and express themselves after the past year’s difficult times.
Over the course of a hot summer day in the city, the lives of 27 young adults intersect. 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.
Carlos López Estrada began his career directing music videos for artists like Katy Perry, Billie Elish, Flying Lotus and several others. In 2012 won a Latin Grammy for the animated music video for Jesse & Joy. In 2018 he made his directorial debut with Blindspotting. This year he premiered Summertime and Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon. At the moment he is working on another Disney animation film and the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Robin Hood.
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Raúl Herrera was one of the 27 artists that showcased his work in the film. He is a spoken-word artist, playwright and educator. Herrera first joined Get Lit eight years ago and is an education coordinator. In 2014 he won a Pentathlon award at the California State Championship of Speech. His art has been featured in Get Lit Rising and Coiled Serpent.
I had the opportunity to speak with Carlos López Estrada and Raúl Herrera about the success of Summertime. López Estrada addressed what it was like directing a film that didn’t have a script. In addition to how he directed each one of the 27 artists based on their creation. And just like in the film, they both share what home is.
Summertime will be available On-Demand August 27, 2021