Diverse Perspectives Series

Diverse Perspectives Series

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience.  
If you purchased tickets, you will receive email notification and a refund.

The Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series 

“Summertime” Virtual Red Carpet and Festival Screening - CANCELLED
Featuring Q&A with “Summertime” director, Carlos López Estrada
And actors/poets, Raul Herrera Jr. and Madyson Park on the virtual red carpet

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 6:30 PM, EDT

Q&A moderated by: Oscar Guerra, Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

UConn Digital Media and Design and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will co-present an exclusive festival screening of the film “Summertime” on Saturday, April 24, 6:30 PM EDT. 

As part of the Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media and Design: 2021 Speaker Series, the “Summertime” virtual red carpet and festival screening will showcase the independent film almost three months before the national release date in July 2021.  The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will have Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco opening July 9 and a worldwide release July 16. Variety Magazine praised “Summertime,” saying it was Estrada’s “hallelujah to L.A.” 


About the Film

“Summertime” is an ensemble film featuring poetry and performances by 25 young Angelenos, in stories that intersect and intertwine as they make their way around the city on a hot summer day. 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. The film was developed by 27 young poets, many of whom are in high school or college and have never written a movie before.  https://gooddeedentertainment.com/Summertime/


About the Director

Carlos López Estrada won a Latin Grammy in 2012 for an animated video he filmed in his garage. This established him as the youngest director to win a Latin Grammy. Estrada’s diverse body of work includes animation, live theatre, music videos, commercials, and narrative projects. His recent projects include theSundance Opening Night film “Summertime” and the Disney blockbuster “Raya and the Last Dragon.” 


Event Schedule: 

6:30 PM - Virtual Red Carpet with cast of “Summertime” featuring: 

  • Raul Herrera Jr. - Actor & Poet
  • Madyson Park - Actor & Poet

7:00 PM - Pre-Release Screening of “Summertime” 

8:45 PM - Q&A with the director, Carlos López Estrada

9:45 PM - Post-Show virtual champagne toast and mingle with Carlos Lopéz Estrada (For VIP Package purchasers only!)



The UCONN STUDENT ADMISSION gives UConn students free access to the live red carpet, film screening and director Q&A as part of its Student Rush program. You must login with your NetID and password to access the free ticket. 

$10 - GENERAL ADMISSION patrons will receive access to the live red carpet, film screening and director Q&A.

$15 -  “A DAY IN L.A” patrons will receive one general admission ticket, as well as an exclusive Digital Media and Design digital package, which will include “Summertime” and custom UConn DMD Zoom backgrounds. 

$100 - DELUXE VIP PACKAGE includes “A Day in LA” benefits, a “Summertime” gift bag* – featuring a hardcover copy of the book Summertime: Odes to LA , a UConn DMD sketchbook, and a box of Jorgensen mints – and access to a post-show virtual champagne toast and mingle with director Carlos Lopez Estrada (must provide your own champagne or other beverage for the toast). PLEASE NOTE: This is limited to the first 20 registrants.

*The Summertime gift bag will be mailed around July 1, 2021, following the release of the book. Contact digitalmedia@uconn.edu with any questions.

All patrons will receive order confirmation and PDF tickets via email. In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Box Office is working remotely. For questions and assistance, please contact the Box Office Manager via email at jorgensen.tickets@uconn.edu . You may also leave a message for Box Office staff at 860-486-4227 and a representative will get back to you as quickly as possible.


This event is brought to you by UConn’s Department of Digital Media & Design in partnership with Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.


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