From Jay Bell’s Acclaimed Novel

    Something Like Summer

    A Film by Blue Seraph Productions


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    The Story

    Two Young Men. Twelve Years. One Love.


    BENJAMIN BENTLEY is the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, he believes, to a life of loneliness. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates’ whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison. Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman.

    Everything Changes…

    Everything changes when Ben’s clumsiness causes an accident that brings him and Tim together, beginning a secret romance threatened at every turn by discovery and bigotry. Like Ben, Tim also harbors a secret artistic life: he is a talented painter. And when their relationship crosses paths with a vengeful neighborhood arsonist, Tim’s fear of exposure tears the couple apart.

    Years Pass…

    Years pass and Ben finds himself in Chicago attending college, still no closer to the true love he thought he’d found with Tim. On a trip home, he takes up with charming flight attendant Jace – possibly the world’s perfect boyfriend – and transfers to Texas University, where he’s reunited with Allison. But his happiness is upended when he runs into Tim, now out of the closet, and thrilled at the prospect of winning back his lost love. But first Tim has to deal with Jace, who appears to harbor his own secrets. Once exposed, a distraught Ben turns to an all-too-willing Tim for comfort. With Tim and Jace in open war to win his affection, Ben has to face up to the realities of adulthood, his continued fear to fight for his own happiness, and the challenge of surviving his most heart-breaking loss.

    SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist.

    ACCOMPLISHED ACTOR-writer-producer Davi Santos tackles the pivotal role of Tim Wyman. Learn more about him here.

    ACTOR-SINGER-activist and rising young talent Grant Davis takes on the role of Benjamin Bentley.

    ACTOR-SINGER-activist and rising young talent Grant Davis takes on the role of Benjamin Bentley. Learn more about him here.

    Praise for Jay Bell’s Powerful and Heartfelt Novel
    • “What a compelling film this unique coming-of-age story would make.”

      Huffington Post· Nicholas Kralev
    • 4.6 stars
      4.6 out of 5 Stars· Reader Reviews
    • Finalist, Best Romance

      Lambda Literary Awards· Lambda Literary Foundation
    • Best Young Adult Characters

      Goodreads· Members’ Choice Awards
    • iBookstore 4.5 stars
      4.5 out of 5 Stars

      Apple iBookstore· Reader Reviews
    • “Lots of passion, humor, angst, twists and turns.
      A look at how the choices we make affect everyone around us.”

      Queer Magazine· Lena Grey
    • 4.2 stars
      4.2 out of 5 Stars· Reader Reviews
    • “One of the most heartfelt and sincere romances ever!”

      Alpha Reader· Danielle Binks
    • One of Amazon’s Best Books of 2011!· Best Books
    About Us

    About Us

    Coming Soon from the Creators of Judas Kiss
    and The Dark Place

    SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER is Blue Seraph Productions’ third feature project, following our second film, The Dark Place (now in wide release), and our critically acclaimed and successful commercial debut, Judas Kiss.

    Judas Kiss has…
    • SCREENED AT dozens of film festivals worldwide, including San Francisco’s Frameline, New York’s NewFest, festivals in Phoenix, Vancouver, B.C., Louisville, North Carolina, Boston, Belgium, Atlanta, Sweden, Tampa, Seattle, Palm Springs, Germany, Fresno, Miami, Minneapolis and opening Philadelphia’s QFest.
    • CONTINUED TO WIN awards from festivals and media throughout the world, including Best Screenplay (San Diego, Long Beach); Best Debut Feature (Fort Worth); Rising Star (for co-star Sean Lockhart in Philadelphia); First Place Alternative Spirit and Youth Jury Honorable Mention (Rhode Island); Gaybie Best Drama, Best Actor (Charlie David), Best Supporting Actor (Sean Lockhart); the Top 100 Gay Films (The
    • GARNERED POSITIVE reviews from viewers around the world on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites.
    Distribution & Social Marketing


    The Judas Kiss DVD launch in October 2011 met with successful sales and reviews from news and media sites like The Backlot/AfterElton, the Bilerico Report, Metrosource Weekly, and the Advocate. We followed with digital release in 2011 and 2012 on multiple worldwide platforms, including cable and satellite video on demand. The film has pioneered a worldwide distributing and social marketing campaign that has won recognition across the globe. Our trailer on YouTube has been viewed more than 600,000 times, and our Facebook page has more than 10,000 Likes. Thousands more follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Judas Kiss is available in virtually every country in the world, translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Dutch, Swedish and Arabic.

    About Blue Seraph Productions

    blueseraph_smBLUE SERAPH PRODUCTIONS is a production company committed to strong progressive values that shed light on the human experience. Blue Seraph Productions doesn’t focus on a lifestyle; we tell stories built on the universal principles that make us human. Laughter or tears, we’re all the same.

    Blue Seraph was founded by J.T. Tepnapa in 2000 as SkyAngel Films with its first short film, Sunflowers. In 2002, J.T. followed up with the hit Masturbation: Putting the Fun into Self-Loving, one of the festival circuit’s best-received short comedies in years. Masturbation went on to smash screenings at film festivals in around the world, winning many awards and distribution through CFMDC, TLA, and Canal+.

    J.T.’s next effort was another festival gem, Drag Queen Heist. In 2006, his edgy, dramatic short, Begging for Change, won Best Dramatic Short at the QCinema festival in Fort Worth.

    In 2007, writer-producer Carlos Pedraza joined Blue Seraph to make Judas Kiss, Blue Seraph’s first feature film. Its website attracted worldwide investors, production partners, cast and crew. In 2012, writer-producer Jody Wheeler joined the team. Jody played a key role in the successful realization of Judas Kiss. His skills as an entrepreneur, writer, producer and director have been instrumental in shaping Blue Seraph’s long-term business strategy.

    As a visionary film, production, writing and technology company, Blue Seraph provides expertise and networking to help other artists become sustainable contributors to their creative communities. The company continues to explore the themes of tolerance and self-discovery through comedy and drama. sitting contentedly on Hollywood’s fringe, it turns small budgets into what the Philadelphia Inquirer called “brilliant production values.”

    We have accomplished this by attracting talent whose creativity is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on screen. More talented people have joined Blue Seraph’s team, and we have built strategic partnerships with other like- minded production companies. Together we’ve built a network of creative professionals dedicated to producing provocative and enjoyable entertainment free from Hollywood’s typical strictures and constraints. 

    About Jade Knight Productions

    Jade-Knight-logoJADE KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS Producer Tom Ly created Jade Knight Productions in 2011 to option and produce Jay Bell’s novel, “Something Like Summer.” Jade Knight and Blue Seraph created a co-production agreement to bring the book to the screen. 

    Our Feature Films

    SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER Our third feature begins shooting in August. It explores the challenging relationship of two young men over a dozen years.

    darkplacedvd_smTHE DARK PLACE Winner of TLA Video’s 2015 Gaybie Award for Best Thriller. From Breaking Glass Pictures. Order now» See the trailer»

    judaskiss_thumbJUDAS KISS If you had a second chance, would you grab it? In 2011, our award-winning first feature challenged viewers by melding time travel and magical realism. See it »

    Our other film projects »

    Meet the Characters
    of ‘Something Like Summer’


    Lead Actors

    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis
    Benjamin Bentley

    GRANT DAVIS is an actor, singer and activist who says he was born to play Benjamin Bentley. He’s had several roles on film and television, and has released his first album. His musical style combines classic pop and adult contemporary genres with a jazzy edge. He’s also done his own TED talk.

    More About Grant »
    GRANT DAVIS combines his singing and acting talent with an unparalleled passion.

    GRANT DAVIS combines his singing and acting talent with an unparalleled passion.

    Grant, 18, is a native of Carson City, Nev., who now lives in San Diego. He has packed a lot of experience into his young life, and it showed in the multiple auditions he had to undertake for the role of Ben Bentley.

    Grant’s musical style combines classic pop and adult contemporary genres with a jazzy edge reminiscent of Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Chris Botti. He cites singer Sam Harris as an inspiration, prompting a reply from Harris himself.

    “I was thrilled when I heard that this talented young man … mentions me as his inspiration,” Harris said.

    Grant first came to national attention via NPR with his heartfelt song, “Just a Child.” The song chronicles his own family’s emotional struggle with his teen sister’s drug abuse.

    Grant went on to advocate on behalf of families struggling with drug abuse at a TEDx Talk the following year at the University of Nevada, titled “What About Me?”

    Grant’s acting credits include roles in the film Dam California, and the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. His theater credits include Rent, Hairspray and Into the Woods. He has sung in hundreds of live performances.

    About the Role of Benjamin Bentley »

    Ben came out of the closet when he was 14, and it was a less-than-liberating experience. Now 17, he’s a pariah in his suburban Texas high school, the subject of furtive whispers and outright bullying. But everything changes that summer, the summer of the arson fires and the summer he first sets eyes on Tim Wyman. A gifted singer, Ben keeps his talent as hidden as the feelings that start to stir between him and a reluctant Tim.

    Ajiona Alexus
    Ajiona Alexus
    As Allison Cross

    AJIONA ALEXUS is an actress and singer who is breaking barriers on her way to succeed in the television, film and music industries. She is best known for her role as DeAnna on TVOne’s hit series, The Rickey Smiley Show.

    More About Ajiona »
    Ajiona Alexus is a triple-threat talent. You'll see them all on display in 'Something Like Summer.'

    Ajiona Alexus is a triple-threat talent. You’ll see them all on display in ‘Something Like Summer.’

    Ajiona was born in Tuskegee, Ala., and then grew up in Birmingham. She was 8 when she recited her first monologue on stage. She went right into acting and dance classes, and in the 7th grade was accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

    She won acclaim for her stage performance in “A Raisin in the Sun,” then began auditioning for film and TV roles. At 14, she landed her first lead role in the feature, Unspoken Words. Just a few months later, she booked the role of DeAnna on The Rickey Smiley Show.

    Born into a family of singers and musicians, Ajiona has never hesitated to showcase her triple-threat talent. She has opened for artists like Diggy Simmons, OMG Girlz, TK N Cash and IYAZ. In 2012, she release a mix-tape titled, “Radio Ready,” and in 2013, she recorded her debut single, “Dream Big,” under Earn B. Management. Ajiona is currently recording songs for her debut EP. Click on that YouTube social icon under her photo up above and listen/watch her music video. You won’t regret it.

    About the Role of Allison Cross »

    Allison is Ben’s most loyal friend. A talented singer in her own right, she tries to help Ben get past his fear of performing in public, and supports him through the years as he struggles to find love, and then to choose between the two great loves of his life.

    Tristan Decker
    Tristan Decker
    As Bryce Hunter

    TRISTAN DECKER is a Portland, Ore.-based actor with extensive stage, commercial and vocal performance credits.

    More About Tristan »
    PORTLAND'S TRISTRAN Decker is  a musician and trained Shakespearean actor.

    PORTLAND’S TRISTAN Decker is a musician and trained Shakespearean actor.

    Tristan’s stage experience includes shows like Oliver!, Once Upon a Mattress and The Importance of Being Earnest. He is also a gifted singer, guitarist and bassist.

    He has sung with two Grammy Award-winning jazz artists, Esperanza Spalding and Kurt Elling. He studies at the Act Now studio under Katie O’Grady.

    About the Role of Bryce Hunter »

    Handsome and seemingly self-assured, Bryce welcomes new guy Tim to The Woodlands High School’s most popular clique. But Bryce harbors his own secrets, and his own demons, and he doesn’t like the way Ben follows Tim around.

    Davi Santos
    Davi Santos
    As Tim Wyman

    DAVI SANTOS is a talented actor, writer, producer and director, whose short film, The Cure, appeared at the Cannes Film Festival. He has had numerous guest-starring and recurring roles on the CW, ABC and ABC Family networks. He recently debuted as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers: Dino Charge.

    More About Davi »

    GOLD RANGER Davi Santos recently debuted in the latest reboot of the Power Rangers franchise.

    Davi Santos was born in Brazil and raised in New York City. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School alongside Connor Paolo, Sarah Hyland and Andrea Bowen. He is an alumnus of LaGuardia Arts High School. Davi has a background in theater and has performed in various national commercials. From 2009-2012, he appeared in plays premiering at NYMF, Samuel French Play Festival and the NYC International Fringe Festival.

    At 19, he wrote and starred in the coming-of-age docufiction, Lone Prophet, about the DREAM Act in cinema verité. The film was featured at the Golden Door International Film Festival. Davi began living bicoastally in Los Angeles and New York, playing Anthony “Nut Nut” Pizzoli in the ABC comedy, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23, and guest-starred on Nickolodeon’s sitcom, How to Rock. He has since gone on to guest on a variety of network shows.

    He has also written, starred in or produced a variety of short films through his production company, Densely Hollow Films.

    About the Role of Tim Wyman »

    The son of a rich and conservative white father and regal Mexican mother, Tim is charming, athletic, handsome and secretly artistic. A not-so-accident brings him together with Ben, sparking a 12-year relationship that forces him to come to terms with all his secrets and all his fears.

    Ben Baur
    Ben Baur
    As Jace Holden

    BEN BAUR was named to Out’s list of 2015’s most compelling LGBT people, the OUT100. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and his recent work includes Difficult People and the provocative web series, Hunting Season.

    More About Ben »

    Ben Baur

    Ben Baur is best known as ‘Alex’ on the provocative web series ‘Hunting Season,’ now in its second season.

    Ben was raised in Albany, Ore., where his family gained early fame as the creators of Talk Like a Pirate Day, and then in an appearance in the ABC series, Wife Swap.

    Ben was picked No. 20 in Out magazine’s Top 100 Eligible Bachelors of 2014, and recently returned to Los Angeles after a stint in New York. He graduated from Los Angeles’ American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His other credits include Fox’s The Following, the short film Kelly, and the cross-cultural feature Front Cover, and the webseries Difficult People and These People. (IMDb profile)

    About the Role of Jace Holden »

    A flight attendant whose happenstance meeting with Ben profoundly changes both their lives. Ben considers Jace the perfect boyfriend. But what happens when “perfect” doesn’t seem to be enough, and Jace is forced to confront Tim as his rival?

    Jana Lee Hamblin, Ron Boyd & Riley Stewart
    Jana Lee Hamblin, Ron Boyd & Riley Stewart
    As The Bentleys

    JANA LEE HAMBLIN & RON BOYD are seasoned character actors. Jana brings much experience in film and television, including four seasons on The West Wing, while Ron is a veteran of our earlier features, The Dark Place and Judas Kiss. Jana leads an acting studio in Portland, while Ron has guest-starred in multiple Web series and films, and appears on the Toronto stage. RILEY STEWART is an up-and-coming Portland actor.

    More About Jana, Ron & Riley »
    ON SET Actor Jana Lee Hamblin has fun with her work.

    ON SET Actor Jana Lee Hamblin has fun with her work.

    JANA LEE HAMBLIN is the owner and founder of Act Now Studio in Portland, Ore. She brings 20 years of experience, along with a true love of acting to her students. Most recently, she has guest starred opposite Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in Portlandia. She has worked alongside Timothy Hutton and Gina Bellman on TNT’s Leverage, and was cast in NBC’s  A Walk in My Shoes with Nancy Travis and Philip Winchester. She also worked with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in Extraordinary Measures.

    Other television credits include four seasons on The West Wing,  E.R.,  Family Law,  Lincoln Heights and the American pilot, Fawlty Towers. She has worked with Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff,  John Spencer, and Harvey Keitel.

    RON BOYD as Ralph Garlington in our first feature, 'Judas Kiss.'

    RON BOYD as Ralph Garlington in our first feature, ‘Judas Kiss.’

    RON BOYD’S work with both director J.T. Tepnapa and writer-producer Carlos Pedraza began in Star Trek: New Voyages, where he played Lt. DeSalle, and in the pair’s first feature Judas Kiss. He appeared on the popular Canadian TV comedy, Corner Gas, and is seen often on the Toronto stage.

    Ron is also a well-known comic book artist, whose work has appeared in both Marvel and DC publications.

    RILEY STEWART is a rising young actor, with three films to her credit, Siren’s Song, Clear Eyes: Scourge of the Zombies and Conflict at the Lake. She also has extensive stage and commercial experience.

    About the Roles of Mrs., Mr. and Karen Bentley »

    Ben couldn’t have asked for a more supportive family when he came out. Well, maybe a little too supportive. His mom is a little over-the-top, his dad does whatever his mom says, and his sister, Karen? Well, who cares what she thinks?

    The Art of ‘Summer’
    Tim Wyman’s secret paintings play an important part in the story. The film serves as a showcase for up-and- coming young painter Kyle Joseph Johnson, whose work illuminates Tim’s development as an artist and a man.


    The People and Art of Something Like Summer

    Artbackground Hòuhui Paintings
    painting1 You Can’t See Me Paintings
    Kyle_Muir Kyle Joseph Johnson Crew · Paintings
    horiz_painting1 The Last Tree Paintings
    bluemonkey-portfolio Transforming Us As We Transfixed Paintings