14 Minutes | USA | 2019
The Summer House was filmed in November 2018 over the course of 4 days in the secluded coastal community of Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, Northern California. The crew is made up of a group of recent graduates from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and over half of them identify as LGBT+. Post production took several months and was split between four cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York. The Summer House will have its festival premiere in July 2019 on Cape Cod which is significant because the short film is meant to serve as a proof of concept for a feature film that is meant to take place on Nantucket Island, titled The Nantucket House.
After many years away, Greg returns to his family’s secluded vacation house with his boyfriend only to be tormented by the ghost of his homophobic father.
Greg and his boyfriend Chris arrive to an empty home secluded on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is the summer house that was once owned by Greg’s father before he passed away. Greg has many memories here, both good and bad, and he is nervous to finally share this place with his boyfriend for the first time. During their stay, Greg confesses confesses his love to Chris for the first time and they make love in the master bedroom. Later that night Greg awakens to loud noise echoing throughout the house. He cannot find the source of the sounds, but everything seems to be out of place. Is he imagining things, or has the ghost of his homophobic father returned to teach him a lesson for acting like a little sissy.