Twenty-one-year-old actor/director/writer and producer Aram Rappaport has undertaken his latest feature film project, Summer Song, currently in production in the classic East Coast locale of Cape Cod. Fresh out of the director’s chair of his 2009 crime drama Helix, Rappaport is on location in the Massachusetts enclave with a cast that includes acclaimed actor John Savage and screen favorite Alexa Vega, who’s also producing for the first time.
Said director Rappaport: “Working with John Savage, for me as a young ‘actor’s director’, is a privilege and a great learning opportunity. Alexa is a rock solid pro who always turns in an incredible performance, and it’s tremendous to be able to produce with her as well.” Producer Aaron Becker added, “Our ensemble cast and fast-paced production schedule afford us the luxury of having celebs like Sean Covel (Napoleon Dynamite) and Camilla Belle (10,000 BC) stopping by on set every other day.”
A dark coming-of-age drama told in flashback style, Summer Song takes a look back at teenaged Harper (Patrick Mapel, The Social Network), now a grown writer whose just-released book retells the story of that one special summer by the sea. Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Repo! the Genetic Opera) stars as his love interest Ellie, a young and talented cellist who transcends the chaos of her dysfunctional family by immersing herself in fantasy each time she picks up her bow and plays her instrument.
Veteran John Savage embodies the role of Ellie’s violent father, a failed man who controls his beaten-down wife and five children for whom Ellie must care. Savage, best known for his work in The Deer Hunter, Hair and Inside Moves, is also set to star in the science fiction trilogy and action thriller, Nephilim. Delving into the themes of lost love and the survival of the spirit, Summer Song completes its cast with up-and-comer Caleb Landry Jones, Alanna Ubach (Legally Blonde, Meet the Fokkers) and Amy Jo Johnson, a native of Cape Cod.
Windward Entertainment is an independent film and television production company based in Beverly Hills and partnered by Rappaport with twin brothers Aaron Becker and Alex Becker.