Showcasing newly released “Best Summer Ever” musical featuring Andrew Pilkington, Shannon DeVido, and Rickey Wilson Jr.
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Event. RSVP for Zoom details.
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Closed captioning will be provided.
About this Event
"Best Summer Ever” is a musical film directed by Michael Parks Randa & Lauren Smitelli. The musical starts off with a sweet summer camp love story that unexpectedly intertwines with high school drama, an illegal secret, and a quintessential teen identity crisis.
The appeal of this film is found its intention to challenge the predictable, limiting representations of disability on-screen by entirely excluding disability from the plot. As the majority of the cast and crew have a mental or physical disability, it was important for the creators of the film to showcase an authentic representation of disability.
As Calum Marsh, critic for the New York Times, recalls “The effect of this inclusiveness is a feeling of amazing warmth and camaraderie, at its most compelling during the film’s many original musical numbers, which are staged and shot with verve. The cast has wonderful screen presence — particularly DeVido, whose turn as the lovelorn heroine is magnetic. Representation matters. And in “Best Summer Ever,” it makes the movie come alive.”
As noted in the director statement, this film is “part of a movement to highlight the talents of disabled actors and crew members who deserve a chance to work in the industry. Filmmaking is a crucial medium for raising awareness and promoting cultural enlightenment, and we hope a film like ours can be a stepping stone to continue these important conversations.”
Webcast Special Features:
- Showing of "Best Summer Ever" trailer
- Conversations with DeVido, Wilson, and Pilkington about their experience on set, the significance of this film, and the reach of its impact.
We will be discussing this and more on July 22. If you would like to join the webcast live via Zoom, please RSVP to register and receive Zoom details.
To watch the full movie, "Best Summer Ever" is available on the following platforms: Amazon Prime Video, Youtube Movies, Vudu, Apple TV, and Google Play
About the Speakers
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,” and 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”.
Rickey Wilson Jr. (Sage) was born in Fort Worth, TX on Feb 17th. Growing up playing sports, he diverted his attention to acting his senior year of high school, and fell in love. After graduating, he moved to New York to study acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since moving to LA, he has made small appearances on TV shows such as “Modern Family,” “This is Us,” “Into The Dark” (Hulu), and others. He is proud to be a part of this movie, and to help bring forth the message of inclusion for all in Hollywood. was born in Fort Worth, TX on Feb 17th. Growing up playing sports, he diverted his attention to acting his senior year of high school, and fell in love. After graduating, he moved to New York to study acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since moving to LA, he has made small appearances on TV shows such as “Modern Family,” “This is Us,” “Into The Dark” (Hulu), and others. He is proud to be a part of this movie, and to help bring forth the message of inclusion for all in Hollywood.
Andrew Pilkington is a producer living in Manhattan. He has worked for award winning directors such as Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock. Andrew has produced four feature length films which he also wrote, directed, and edited. He also created a series of videos that explored technology for people with disabilities in collaboration with the Institute of Human Centered Design. Born with cerebral palsy, Andrew takes a nonchalant view of his disability. 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.