LUCKY DAY Friday, October 13, will be a lucky day — the Pacific Northwest premiere of Something Like Summer, the day it screens at TWIST, Seattle’s Queer Film Festival, and the hometown of screenwriter-producer Carlos Pedraza and executive producer Tom Ly.
“It’s a privilege to bring this film home to Seattle, along with cast and crew who hail from Washington and Oregon,” Carlos said. The film was shot in Portland, Ore., in 2015.
Summer leads off the evening schedule for the 10-day festival’s first weekend, playing at 6:45 p.m. at Seattle’s iconic SIFF Egyptian Cinema on Capitol Hill.
This beautifully shot film elegantly weaves Ben’s intimate musical revelations into the narrative, as he is confronted by the cross-currents of life, experiences the complexities of true love, and ultimately embraces enduring friendship.TWIST Film Guide
GUESTS Scheduled to attend the screening are screenwriter and producer Carlos Pedraza, executive producer Tom Ly, book author Jay Bell, and actors Davi Santos (Tim Wyman), Grant Davis (Ben Bentley) and Jana Lee Hamblin (Mrs. Bentley).
EXCITING ENSEMBLE In its Highlights section, TWIST’s film guide lists Something Like Summer under the Local Produce (two of its producers live in Seattle) and Exciting Ensembles themes.
A richly textured story about the thrill, awkwardness and obsessive nature of adolescent love, which grows over 12 years into one colored by conflict, loss, and rediscovery.TWIST Film Guide
YOUNG FILMMAKERS Carlos is also a mentor in the award-winning media literacy and youth filmmaking program, Reel Queer Youth, run by TWIST’s sponsoring organization, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, each summer.
The short films produced by students in the most recent program are also featured in TWIST’s Local Produce theme. Those films screen on October 22 as part of the festival’s Three Dollar Bill Cinema Showcase.