American Summer is a documentation of a journey, with five individuals on the road, wonder-struck with the natural world, in the hot California desert. The film follows the band Quilt on their summer tour in Southern California, stopping in to San Diego, Santa Monica, Encinitas, Los Angeles, and lastly, their journey to a mountain top in the national park, Joshua Tree. Shot on Super 8 film by Laura-Lynn Petrick. Song by Laura-Lynn Petrick.
all of it starts at a roadside Whattaburger.
dusk cruise to surfspot Swami’s Reef
swim in the salty ocean in the warm August sun.
watching the tide change
sand hot on the soles
hit the long stunning highway
departing the salty coast and going to Joshua Tree.
starring at the voluptuous bedrock.
destination comes near, lost in the Yucca Valley,
riding on Twenty-Nine Pines Highway.
pass High Desert Motel, grab a motel room,
fizzy beer, settled now in the town of Joshua Tree.
take a dip in the deep motel pool,
grab Pad Thai, and get in the van.
speechless. awestruck, driving through a winding road
up to the high altitude valley mountains
absurd cacti in the rear view mirror.
sunshine beaming on the dashboard.
hike to the mountain top.
taking silent moments with the hill filled terrain.
letting the sun kiss our heads.
what a feeling, the valley, so grand.
they air is dusty and full of tales
the sun decides to set.
we have our time with the sun.