The Last Summer

A short film by Alex Zajicek

Photo by Dierdre Cook

Poster by Alan Campos

On the first day of a road trip following their High School graduation, five friends sit in a nondescript motel room, on the cusp of their college years. Having each been accepted to different colleges, the tightly knit group of friends must confront the fact that this may well be one of their last chances to hang out.

"The Last Summer" is a short 14-minute film made as my senior thesis in the film program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Made entirely with a young, diverse cast and crew of Bay Area residents, the production features many fresh faces new to the Bay Area independent filmmaking scene. The film was shot entirely in the SF Bay Area (including Concord, El Sobrante, Pinole, and San Pablo).

The film sits somewhere between drama and comedy, and pokes a bit of fun at modern culture and even the genre itself. Not quite real, but still very much tied to reality nonetheless, "The Last Summer" is something of a love letter to friendships and youth.