Best Summer Ever
Sundown Cinema Series

Best Summer Ever

co-presented by the Hop and Student Life
August 13
Aug 13
Friday 8:30 PM
Dartmouth Green 2h00m
Free, no tickets required.

Song, dance and disability delight in this heart-warming new teen musical

21/22 Hop Film

Best Summer Ever TRAILER | 2021

Tony and Sage (Rickey Alexander Wilson and Shannon DeVido, respectively) had the "best summer ever" after falling in love at dance camp. They part, unsure when they'll see each other again. A twist of fate relocates Sage to Tony's town, an unexpected reunion. Alas, the course of love doesn't run smooth, mostly because the school hopes Tony's football skills can break a 25-year curse and head cheerleader Beth (MuMu) wants the teen dream for herself. 
The story is familiar but what's novel is the cast, which is largely made up of actors with a range of physical and mental disabilities. These disabilities are never remarked upon, and disability doesn't figure into the plot. The effect of this inclusiveness is a feeling of warmth and camaraderie, aided by cameos from such A-list talent as Benjamin Bratt, Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal. With nods to Footloose and Grease, the original musical numbers contribute to the overall energy and enthusiasm. Representation matters. And in Best Summer Ever, it makes the movie come alive. D: Lauren Smitelli and Michael Parks Randa, US, 2020, 1h12m

A live post-film conversation with the co-director Michael Parks Randa, star Shannon DeVido and producer Andrew Pilkington

Produced by Vermont's Zeno Mountain Farm

"Absolutely joyful, a little subversive and wholly inclusive" 
—USA Today


Michael Parks Randa (Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter, Editor) is a writer-director based in Los Angeles. Raised in Massachusetts where his parents founded a school for disabled individuals, Randa grew up with a unique perspective on the world around him. After a decade of directing music videos, Randa wrote and directed his feature debut in the form of an inclusive musical.


Shannon DeVido (Sage) is an accomplished actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her roles on Hulu's Difficult People, Netflix's Insatiable, Comedy Central's Delco Proper, Law and Order: SVU, appearances on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Sesame Street. She starred in the world premiere of Teenage Dick at the Public Theater, and Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing. She leads the cast of the film Best Summer Ever—the musical comedy is premiering at SXSW this year.


Andrew Pilkington (Producer) is a producer/writer living in Manhattan. He has worked for award winning directors such as: Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock. He is a graduate of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island where he won the Film Excellence Award in 2014. He produced and co-wrote the movie Best Summer Ever which is a feature musical starring actors with disabilities. It was selected into the SXSW Film Festival 2020 and awarded the Final Draft Screenwriter Award prize.

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