Young couple falls in love, escape drugs & small town life in Oregon but find the same sinfluences in California, which eventually crash the relationship. When love of family conquers, they finally reach a compassionate understanding that the place where we “live” is created in the perceptions of our hearts.
Cast of Characters
- (Lemmy) Nehalem – 26/36yo Native American Barista, BA Journalism
- Hess – 23yo Black Bartender at Satyricon
- Katherine (Electra) – 24/34yo Record Store clerk, BA Classical Music
- Joshua – 24yo Guitarist of Wicked Melinda, Nehalem’s band mate & drug buddy
- Si – 47yo Café owner, Nehalem’s boss
- Amanda – 9yo daughter of older Nehalem & Katherine
- Salem, OR
- Portland, OR
- Santa Monica, CA
- Summerland, CA
“Summerland” uniquely utilizes the complete Everclear album, Sparkle And Fade, as the movie’s soundtrack. A reorganization of the tracks was required to suit the story’s narrative.
Act One – Oregon
Electra Made Me Blind – Credits, life is hard montage, work
Heartspark Dollarsign – Party scene in Salem, secondary characters, gossip: he said, she said
My Sexual Life – Katherine meets Nehalem at the party, they’ve seen/heard of each other, slut stories, Nehalem from N. Salem. Pine Street Theater. Can you make me come? Simple life, big dreams.
Chemical Smile –Nehalem introduces Katherine to smack, she talks God smack nonsense
Heroin Girl – Salem Glamorizes drug life, Nehalem & Katherine learn about each other, his past Slashback
Queen Of The Air – Nehalem & Katherine learn about each other, her childhood, Aunt Virginia’s suicide, grim life/weather, rough memories in OR., talk about leaving, giving up his fanzine.
The Twistinside – Ready for the real world, decision time, grow up, act responsibly, sick of coasting
Summerland – Nehalem & Katherine talk in the car leaving behind Salem, forget about it
Act Two – California
Her Brand New Skin – Katherine attends NA, Nehalem can’t keep up, resentment sets in
You Make Me Feel Like A Whore – Nehalem struggles with sobriety, life becomes a rut
Pale Green Stars – Amanda 10, Nehalem & Katherine fighting, Daddy’s going away
Nehalem – Nehalem confronts Katherine, who wants a divorce, I know you’re leaving me
Strawberry – Nehalem uses again on visit to Portland, meets an old drug buddy, Nehalem in recovery in LA
Act Three – Summerland
Santa Monica – Nehalem calls from rehab, wants to rekindle with Katherine, returns
Salemtowne – Nehalem & Katherine get together, go on tour with Everclear. Find their dream location in CA, decide to move.
Santa Monica – 10 years later, he’s got drinking problems, she’s got God & affairs. They’re unhappily in the “same place” they’d left. Bigger city, same problems.
Summerland – Triumph over drugs, adultery & divorce.
Here are the first five pages…