After having graduated from USC, Summer landed acting roles in film, television, theatre, and the internet. The first film she wrote, starred in, and produced was a comedic pilot PEACE AND QUIET. She went on to single-handedly produce, write, and star in the award-winning feature, THE WARNING (a satiric horror film), under the intense pressure of a seven days shooting schedule. The film was internationally distributed and festival selected. She moved onto produce a short called, THE KARMA OF HAPPINESS, (based on an international best-selling book THE DIAMOND CUTTER). She also wrote and starred in it. It received global distribution and won several awards in its festival run. Next she Wrote/Produced/Starred in a comedy short on Amazon Prime about online dating, AS IN KEVIN. The award-winning film was festival selected and featured in numerous magazines and shows.
With her drive to help others, she was an on air hosted for a non-profit Captive Daughters, which worked to end sex trafficking. She repeatedly was the celebrity host of the Zombie Blood Run in L.A., as “Nurse Dee K.” (her zombie nurse character). Nurse Dee K. was on several episodes of an improv TV show, CIRCUS OF CHAOS, in San Francisco. Commercially, she launched the U.S. beauty line La Rochelle Paris. She played a mom in SUNDAY MORNING, an LGBT feature about a gay kid being bullied into coming out. This film too was festival selected and an award winner.
Being a Hyphenate has its challenges. Moving between different job titles on a project requires focus and organization skills, jumping from creative to business skills at the drop of a hat. Summer enjoys doing this and helping Women in Film to rise up in the industry and have the encouragement and confidence to overcome challenges that are thrown at them. Summer’s motto is the only way to be happy is to help others. Summer started the “Rising Above Fest,” which was the featured event at 2017 Film Fest LA at Regal Cinemas in LA Live. Her vision was to create a festival where filmmakers were treated with respect and given opportunities that empower the filmmaker’s career. The festival’s theme is projects that “rise above” obstacles and challenges and uplift with a message. The festival was featured in “Huffington Post.”
Summer has won nine awards for her films and is currently working on making “As in Kevin” into a TV series, “The Karma of Happiness” into a feature, and a single location predominately female cast feature film, 6 FEET ABOVE. She is also working on the 2018 Rising Above Fest.
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