1965, 90 min, USA, Dir: James Bruner

Neo-realism meets Cassavettes meets Fellini meets '60s youth angst film in this early American New Wave work in this truly unique - and previously considered lost - film by director James Bruner. West (Stuart Anderson) borrows his father's yacht and takes a group of his friends to Catalina Island for a weekend of fun. Yet over the course of one night, the merriment sours as West and another young man begin to vie competitively for the affections of Diana (Valora Noland). Shot in elegant black-and-white by cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and tonally akin to European arthouse films of the 1960s, SUMMER CHILDREN goes beyond the beach party genre of the era and explores the nuanced feelings and emotions of young people on the verge of adulthood. This film became a lost film, an orphan, during the 1960s. It wasn't until the early 2000s after an exhaustive search and research that reconnected the cast and crew, that the original negatives resurfaced in a New York vault and prints and sound elements were found in other locations over time. For the first time, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC was able to density balance his work to his artistic taste. A full restoration project then got underway bringing the film to a new luster while maintaining the patina of european art films of the 1960s. Don't miss this opportunity to see a long-lost-and-found gem on the big screen!

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