Below is a press release I received for the lost 60s film The Summer Children starring Drive-in Dream Girl Valora Noland:

The fun at Slamdance Film Festival has begun. We think you’ll see how it can also be profitable for you after you view Summer ChildrenMonday, January 24th, 7:00 p.m., in Park City.   Vilmos Zsigmond, Academy award winning cinematographer, has won many awards; he ranks Summer Children as one of “my best early works” in regards to his important efforts in America after escaping from the Hungarian revolution in the 1960’s.   This American New Wave neo-noir film was produced in 1965, yet it never reached the screen.   As the original producer; I thought this film had been lost, but through a serendipitous occurrence, re-discovered Summer Children in 2008. Edie Robinette –Petarchi and I then spent two years restoring and digitizing the film. From excitement shown by the Slamdance staff and other film buffs, it appears to be one of the most interesting offerings for the 2011 season.

Vilmos is known world-wide for his expert use of light and shadows in filming. Besides a gripping plot, Summer Children highlights one of America’s first looks at Vilmos’ masterful cinematography.

Check out the web site at and then plan to attend the world premiere:

Place:              Slamdance

Location:       Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street, Park City

Theater:         Main Slamdance Theater

Date:                Monday, January 24th Time:               7:00 p.m.


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  • John Black

    Wow, this is one I’ve never heard of. I’d love to see it someday. I guess it’s even more rare than ONE WAY WAHINE, which I did finally get to see.

    • The Summer Children’s negative was seized and the film was never released. Producer Jack Robinette was only able to retrieve it a few years ago and has worked diligently to restore the movie. It should be available on DVD sometime this year if not already. Keep checikng the web site. I will also provide updates on my Blog.

  • John Black

    Thanks. It is now in stock at, and I have ordered a copy of the DVD.

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