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SUMMER SOLSTICE Trailer: Noah Schamus’ Debut Explores Friendship Post-Transition

Bobbi Salvör Menuez and Marianne Rendón in Noah Schamus's SUMMER SOLSTICE

The relationship of two longtime friends is challenged in writer-director Noah Schamus’ Summer Solstice. Told from a queer and trans perspective, it centers on two reunited college best friends (Bobbi Salvör Menuez and Marianne Rendón), one trans and one straight/cisgender, whose contrasting lives impact their bond. Following a festival run, Cartilage Films will release it in New York and Los Angeles in June – just in time for Pride Season. Ahead of its release, the official trailer has just arrived.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In SUMMER SOLSTICE, trans man Leo’s (Bobbi Salvör Menuez) life is a jumble of auditions, acting classes, barista jobs, and situationships, all of which he hopes will amount to more. Unexpectedly, Leo’s college best friend, cisgender and straight Eleanor (Marianne Rendón), calls Leo announcing that she’ll be driving through NYC, and offers to pick him up for an impromptu trip upstate. They embark on the weekend getaway, marking their first time spent together since Leo began transitioning. Reunited with new gender dynamics between them, and uncovering problems lurking behind Eleanor’s “well-meaning” façade, Leo and Eleanor navigate how their old feelings towards one another exist within this new context, forcing them both to confront buried secrets and emotions.

Summer Solstice will open at NYC’s IFC Center on June 14 and L.A.’s Laemmle Glendale on June 21.

Check out the trailer and poster below.



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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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