This year's CENTERPIECE SCREENING is the charming new film from the creators of the acclaimed drama, Judas Kiss, and adapted from the best-selling young gay romance novel of the same name by Lambda Literary Award-winning author (and Kansas City area native), Jay Bell. 


SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER traces the tumultuous relationship of Ben and Tim, secret high school sweethearts who grow over the years into both adulthood enemies and complicated friends.



Saturday, June 24 |  7:30pm  
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
Directed by David Berry
119 minutes  |  USA   |  2017


Author Jay Bell will be returning to Kansas City for this premiere of the screen adaption of his best-selling gay romance novel. Originally from Merriam, KS, Jay grew up in Johnson County. You can learn more about his life and work at JayBellBooks,com

Also in attendance is lead actor Ben Baur, star of the LGBT-themed web series Hunting Season. OUT named him to its Out100 list in 2015.


Ben and Jay will offer an Audience Q&A following the screening.


Benjamin Bentley (Grant Davis) the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, as he believes, to a life of loneliness. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates’ whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison (Ajiona Alexus). Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman (Davi Santos).


Epic in scope and wonderfully written and performed, the film follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist. Also starring the wonderful Ben Baur!

"This romantic musical is so original that it can easily be dubbed “a gay La La Land.” Its freshness in its approach in dealing with youthful identity, feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, and, finally, early adulthood is as heartfelt, truthful and engaging as the original songs and music that underscore the story of young love, gained, then lost, and later regained, but not before a wide range of emotions have been experienced, felt, accepted and understood." - QFLIX

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