Ryan Schwartz’s debut film, SUMMER OF 8 follows a group of close friends as they soak up their last day of summer before parting ways for college. On the beach at dawn, the friends ask themselves a question: what would make their last twenty-four hours together “perfect?” In turn, each confronts what weighs on their minds and the college-bound comrades settle in for one final sun-kissed day…and revelry-filled night. When the next dawn breaks, the friends part ways knowing they may never recapture the perfection of their final day, or the bonds they are leaving behind. A heartfelt and engaging film that includes a strong ensemble of rising stars; Carter Jenkins, Shelley Hennig, Matthew Shively, Natalie Hall, Michael Grant, Bailey, Noble, Nick Marini, Rachel DiPillo and Sonya Walger. According to director / writer Schwartz “You only get to make your “first film” once, and I wanted this film to be personal, touching and meaningful. I have always loved the wonderful lineage of coming-of-age “high school” films because they provide an opportunity to explore so many universal themes.” Director and writer Ryan Schwartz joins us for a conversation on the exhilaration and fear of the unknown, working with a group of committed young actors and making a decision and not looking back.
World Premiere – 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival