Best Summer Ever

Sage and Anthony have had the “Best Summer Ever” after falling in love at a dance camp in Vermont. Not expecting to see each other again until the following summer, Sage, by a twist of fate, arrives unexpectedly at the same high school as Anthony. Now faced with the drama of high school cliques, an evil cheerleader, and the illegal secret that keeps Sage's family on the move, they are forced to reevaluate their relationship as Tony struggles to be both the high school football star and the dancer he’s always wanted to be.
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities.

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Michael Parks Randa

Lauren Smitelli




Directors: Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Executive Producer: Will Halby, Ila Halby, Peter Halby, Vanessa Halby, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Amy Brenneman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Michael Parks Randa, Michael Barnett, Stacie & Rod Pitts, Abhilash Patel, Ken Hirsch, Jeff Pechter, Susan Halby, Dominique Dauwe, Angela Howard, George Loenig & Kimbrough Towles, Kat Taylor & Tom Steyer, Becky Blodgett, Lindsay Eberts
Producer: Andrew Pilkington, Katie White, Terra Mackintosh, Leah Romond, Jake Sharpless
Screenwriter: Michael Parks Randa, Will Halby, Terra Mackintosh, Andrew Pilkington, Lauren Smitelli
Cinematographer: Chris Westlund
Editor: Frank Snider, Sam Adelman, Michael Parks Randa
Production Designer: Laurel Sager
Sound Designer: Rich Macar
Music: MuMu, Peter Halby, Jamie Lawrence
Principal Cast: Shannon DeVido, Rickey Wilson Jr., MuMu, Jacob Waltuck, Emily Kranking, Bradford Hayes, Eileen Grubba, Holly Palmer, Ajani A.J. Murray, Lawrence Carter-Long
Additional Credits: Choreographer: Frances Orr, Costume Designer: Shari Bisnaught, Makeup/Hair Designer: Mariella Dawn, Associate Producer: Matt Marr, Unit Production Manager: Matthew Cherchio, Casting Directors: Ila Halby, Terra Mackintosh


Public Film Contact
Andrew Pilkington
Zeno Mountain Farm
Publicity Contact
Clare Ann Darragh
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Musical
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 72 mins