Summer Solstice (2003 film)

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Summer Solstice
Poster of the movie Summer Solstice.jpg
Directed by George Fivas
Produced by George Fivas
Kelli Coppens
Jeffrey Gold
Rorie D. van Klaveren
Joe Estevez
John M. Sjogren
Rish Mustaine
Nathan Rollins
Written by Jeffrey Gold
Ian Felding
Starring George Fivas
Joe Estevez
Brook Jenell Slack
Lindsay Pulsipher
Nathan Rollins
Karen Black
Music by Tim Janis
Cinematography John M. Sjogren
Edited by Rorie D. van Klaveren
Distributed by Echelon Studios, Singa Home Entertainment (USA, DVD) (Greece, DVD) (China, DVD) (Russia, DVD)
Release dates 2005
Running time 111 mins
Country United States
Language English

Summer Solstice tells a story set in coastal Maine, a reflective coming-of-age tale starring George Fivas as Joshua Ballard, a brilliant but aimless and misunderstood college student who finds solace in composing music and writing. But when his anguished state of mind leads him to cross paths with contemplative lighthouse keeper Seth Arden (Joe Estevez) and his niece Andrea Bettencourt (Brook Jenell Slack, voiced Jelly Otter in Disney's PB&J Otter from 1998–2000), the encounter leads Joshua to transcend a personal crisis through an odyssey of self-discovery, and accept the compassion of his friends, old and new, which ultimately saves his life. Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces and The Great Gatsby)[1] plays a stern university professor. Joshua's college friends are played by Lindsay Pulsipher (HBO's True Blood, A&E's The Beast)[2] and Nathan Rollins. The screenplay is based on a story by playwright, composer, physicist, and mathematician Jeffrey Gold.[3] The film features the lighthouse Pemaquid Point Light and surrounding coastal areas and towns of Maine and music by popular Maine native, Tim Janis (known for his numerous specials on the American Public Broadcasting Service). The film was directed by George Fivas, a published scientist and a founder of the jazz and popular music group, Apollo.[4]


After a limited theatrical release in 2005 (notably, during which time, the film played at the historic Waldo Theatre located in the region featured in the film),[5] Echelon Entertainment released the film on DVD,[6] as of 2010, under the label: Singa Home Entertainment.[7] It was later released by Netflix in 2006.[8] In 2010, it was officially selected for the newly expanding Columbia Gorge International Film Festival held in Vancouver, Washington.[9][10][11] Because it was the film's first screening in a film festival, it was considered a world premiere and won the Best World Premiere Excellence in Filmmaking Award.[12][13]


Best World Premiere Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver, Washington, USA, 2010[12][13]

Historic crossroads[edit]

The lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, prominently featured in this film (Pemaquid Point Light), is the lighthouse featured on the Maine State Quarter of 2003, and is a popular U.S. National Historic Landmark among many artists and lighthouse enthusiasts.


Critical and public reviews of this film seem to be generally positive, but have ranged across the board, from very negative to very positive to often mostly positive, but mixed. Some reviews have cited production shortfalls from apparent budget limitations and minor storytelling flaws, but have praised the film's sincere portrayals, heartfelt themes, scenic landscapes, and the beauty of Tim Janis' music.[14][15]


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  2. ^ Actor goes from 'Beast' to 'Blood', 18 December 2009
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Gold • Award-winning Filmmaker | Composer | Playwright | Author | Designer | Scientist". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Apollo". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Magic City Morning Star (USA), 31 May 2005
  6. ^ "Echelon Studios – NEW RELEASES". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Summer Solstice". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Unlimited TV Shows & Movies Online". Netflix. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Summer Solstice". 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Angaelica". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
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  13. ^ a b "Summer Solstice". 21 August 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Customer Reviews: Summer Solstice". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Unlimited TV Shows & Movies Online". Netflix. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 

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