|8:30PM||Live Music by Bird Courage|
|11:30PM||After-party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand) courtesy of Red Stripe|
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street
“The Kings of Summer” is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe, Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Courtesy of CBS Films
The Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts | USA | 93 min.)
In a landscape filled with sprawling meadows, rocky rivers, and a giant evergreen forest, the beautifully-crafted The Kings Of Summer- a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends-takes us on an adventure. Our heroes travel to an uncharted land untouched by adult hands, to a mysterious place . . . in Ohio. Specifically, the aptly-named Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
It is here, while fleeing from a lunatic breaking up a bacchanalian teen beach party, young Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) finds peace. Here, he will escape the droll, bossy despondency of his widowed father (the hilarious Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation). Joe has called the cops one too many times on the old man; now neither of them need cry wolf again.
Joe’s friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is goaded into escape his own preening, prying parents, played with teeth-grating charm by Megan Mullally (from Will & Grace) and Marc Evan Jackson. The two boys plan a life of rugged male-bonding solitude, a dynamic quickly disrupted by their unwanted classmate, the irrepressibly strange and eccentric Biaggio (the astonishing Moises Arias). With his hysterical gift for weird non-sequiturs, misguided openness and daring physical mishaps, the oddball boy quickly wheedles his way into the team.
In the ultimate act of independence, these friends decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods. The young men figure to build a dream home, albeit one with a porta-potty door, and intend to live off the land (and a Boston Market up the road). In this macho haven, where the boys cultivate their wispy pubescent facial hair, the trio believe they can live free of parental oppression and feminine tension. But these things have a way of creeping in (perhaps because secretly the boys want them). When the outside world penetrates their oasis, the boys’ friendship and ideals are tested, and they question the meaning and true desires of their rebellion. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can't run away from.
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer is a witty, refreshing, and intelligent comedy that touches on the core feelings of misunderstanding and depression that can break a family apart – like soggy wontons in your soup.
- Kristin Molloy
Kiwi Artist Samuel Saffery and local musician Erik Meier teamed up shortly after the first collaborative release with featured artists in the Bushwick Community. The two are continuing to organically develop and refine a unique sound and share similar influences. They are constantly driven and focused on sharing their creations with the world; their passion and emotions through song.
Inspiration stemmed from 60s, 70s and contemporary folk rock, the self titled debut release displays local artist Erik Meier accompanied by a panel of creators and friends within the Bushwick Music Scene. The debut self titled showcases passionate vocals and harmonies from Joanna Levine (Pinkwing) and minimal appropriate acoustic leads performed by Bill Bartholomew and Dave Klym (The Golden Age of Transit). Upbeat and more innocent is the latter placed track Spring Song featuring Carin Beam’s cowriting and lead vocals as well as Noisycrane’s Jane Park on strings. Erik Meier manifests a soul searching journey to find sound a voice with help and strong influence from these raw-talented names and continues to develop it.