Summer Night (2019 film)

Summer Night is an American coming-of-age romantic comedy film directed by Joseph Cross in his directorial debut,[1] from a screenplay by Cross and Jordan Joliff. It stars Ellar Coltrane, Ian Nelson, Analeigh Tipton, Callan McAuliffe, Ella Hunt, Bill Milner, Hayden Szeto, Lana Condor, Elena Kampouris, Melina Vidler, Khris Davis, Victoria Justice and Justin Chatwin.

Summer Night
Summer Night poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Cross
Produced by
  • Joseph Cross
  • Tara Ansley
  • Audrey Tommassini
Screenplay by
  • Jordan Jolliff
  • Joseph Cross
Story byJordan Jolliff
Music byDan Krysa
CinematographyMichael FitzMaurice
Edited byRaymond Wood
Moving Image Productions
Wanderwell Entertainment
Blackhall Entertainment Ventures
Distributed bySamuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
  • April 6, 2019 (2019-04-06) (ATLFF)
  • July 12, 2019 (2019-07-12) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

It had its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 6, 2019. It was released on July 12, 2019, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.


It's the last days of summer. Best friends Seth and Jameson are getting ready to perform and party at local rock venue The Alamo. But before the night begins, both young men must face serious reality checks: Seth receives life-changing news from his girlfriend, Mel, and Jameson has to choose between his on-again-off-again girlfriend,Corin and a new girl he's just met, the outspoken Harmony. At the show, Seth and Jameson's other friends are too caught up in their own lives to help them.



In October 2017, it was announced Ellar Coltrane, Analeigh Tipton, Justin Chatwin and Elena Kampouris had joined the cast of the film, with Joseph Cross directing from a screenplay by himself and Jordan Joliff.[2] In November 2017, it was announced Callan McAuliffe, Ian Nelson, Hayden Szeto, Lana Condor, Bill Milner, Melina Vidler, Ella Hunt and Victoria Justice had also been set to star, with James Ponsoldt serving as an executive producer.[3]

Principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia on October 20, 2017.[4] Production concluded on November 11, 2017 in Newnan, Georgia after 19 days filming.


In December 2018, it was announced that Samuel Goldwyn Films had acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, with a planned release for spring 2019.[5] The movie had its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 6, 2019.[6] It was released on July 12, 2019.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Summer Night holds a 52% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.34/10.[8] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 49 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[9]


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 12, 2018). "Joseph Cross' Coming-Of-Age Movie 'Summer Night' Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films". Deadline. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 25, 2017). "Tommy Flanagan, Bill Sage Join Indie Feature 'The Wave'; Elena Kampouris Cast In 'Summer Night'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 13, 2017). "Joseph Cross Teams With James Ponsoldt on Directorial Debut 'Summer Night' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Blumberg, Audrey (October 2, 2017). "Bridgewater's Kampouris Moves From Film and Screen to Learn the Asian Arts". Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 12, 2018). "Joseph Cross' Coming-Of-Age Movie 'Summer Night' Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Pryce, Kevon (March 1, 2019). "43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival Announces Complete Lineup". Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Virtually every movie coming out this summer". Los Angeles Times. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Summer Night (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "Summer Night Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 6, 2020.

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