Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

CIFF Speaks


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

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On this episode of CIFF Speaks, we are joined by Carlos López Estrada, director of SUMMERTIME, as well as two of the poets featured in the film. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you subscribe to your favorite podcasts.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:00 PM


Like his energetic and impactful debut, “Blindspotting,” Carlos López Estrada’s sophomore feature SUMMERTIME is a love song to the West Coast that blends poetry and hip-hop with themes of home and belonging. Taking place over one summer day in bustling Los Angeles, the film showcases 25 young local poets, using their impassioned slam pieces like a musical does songs. As the teens’ lives intersect across the city, each one is given their moment in the spotlight to pour their heart into intensely personal words. From the afroed Tyris Yelp-reviewing his way around a changing neighborhood to Marquesha gaining the confidence...

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