Summer Hill

Baltimore, Maryland | Film Short


Tyler Peterson

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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The media often portrays small town life as charming and picturesque. Summer Hill subverts this, examining the problematic undercurrents of rural conservative life, and how it affects the lives of the teenagers trapped within its borders.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

Summer Hill follows a predominantly female cast that struggles with issues including sexism, racism, teen pregnancy, sexuality, and isolation. Behind the camera, over 50% of the crew is female. This includes our department heads, several of which are women of color.

The Story


The inception for Summer Hill came last July while I was listening to the song "Shadow" by Chromatics on the way to work. As soon as I got home, I poured myself a glass of cheap rosé, and pumped out a full first draft in one sitting during a swealtering Maryland sunset. The story's vision always remained clear. An ensemble drama taking a deeper peek into what it's truly like growing up in a rural, conservative town. Not the cutsie, cookie-cutter Middle American that film and television love to portray. The toxic small-town gossip. The socially acceptable forms of sexism and racism. The engrossing fear that you will never be able to leave.


Amanda was the production member I brought aboard first. I chose her for her skill in capturing beauty in the most mundane moments of life, and the hazy aesthetic of nostalgia. We both want watching this film to feel like you're looking back on your memories of summer breaks in high school, but with a contemporary consciousness.


Mei rounded off our core production team, being the glue to hold it all together. Amanda referred her to me, and I was astounded by her passion and drive upon first meeting her.


I hope you take the time to learn some more about the film, and consider coming on this journey with us! Our cast and crew are already assembled, and we cannot wait to get cameras rolling. We're going to be making something very special this summer.




Tyler C. Peterson

Writer and Director of Summer Hill


It's so easy to jump aboard and join the Summer Hill team! Here's a list of options below that are all fantastic ways to help us out.

  1. Hit the blue follow button to the right! It's free for you, and really helps us out on the platform.
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  4. Donate an item or service you have access to that can help bring the film to life! This could be anything from props, costume pieces, or food services.
  5. Lastly, any monetary donation. Check out our list of incentives to donate for some awesome perks! Your money is directly going towards the production of Summer Hill.

We really thank you so much for supporting independent filmmakers, and giving a voice to tell stories of those who otherwise may not have one.



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Cash Pledge

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Costs $700

We want to give our passionate cast and crew great meals on set for all their hard work!


Costs $300

This will help cover rental fees and donations to the locations gracious enough to let us shoot.

Sheriff Uniform

Costs $100

Important costume piece for the character of Sheriff Cardullo.

Miss Summer Hill Sash

Costs $70

Custom made Miss Summer Hill sash!

Miss Summer Hill Dresses

Costs $200

Costume pieces for all of our Miss Summer Hill contestants!

Set Decorations

Costs $100

Decorations to dress the set for the pageant.

Camera & Lighting

Costs $2,500

Rental fees for camera, grip and electric.

Miss Summer Hill Tiara

Costs $30

A tiara for our queen.

About This Team

Tyler C. Peterson // Writer & Director

Tyler is a Baltimore-based writer and director, and recent graduate from Towson University with a major in Electronic Media & Film and minor in Mass Communications. His past works include the short films Leadbeater (2017, Winner of "Best Short Narrative" at North Beach American Film Festival 2017, "Best of Festival" and "Best Narrative Over 10 Minutes" at Towson University's Media Arts Festival 2017) and A Mysterious and Sudden End (2016, Winner of "Best Short" at Towson University's Media Arts Fesitval 2016). He also directed and produced Glass Camaro's music video Oh What A Waste. Tyler works fulltime as the Production Specialist at Tenable, an international cybersecurity company.


Mei Lin Lau Mann // Producer

Mei Lin is a Panamanian producer currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Mei graduated from Towson University with a degree in Electronic Media and Film and a minor in Business Administration. She has mainly been on sets since the early stages of pre-production as a producer, but has also been an Assistant Director and Line Producer in different short films. Mei is a full time freelancer who has been involved in several ads and commercials, feature films and well-known TV shows in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Mei will be attending American University this upcoming fall to pursue a graduate degree and expand her skill set.


Amanda Ferrarese // Director of Photography

Amanda Ferrarese is a freelance assistant camera and cinematographer based in Baltimore. She graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Electronic Media & Film last spring and has since worked on a number of commercials, television shows, and films. Her previous works as a cinematographer/creator include Darling, Elixir (an experimental short film that was awarded “Best Experimental” at Halfway There Film Festival 2016 and part of WAMM’s Emerging Filmmakers Showcase), and Chlorine (“Best of the Fest” winner at Halfway There 2016). Amanda is also an ASC Student Heritage Nominee and will be attending the American Film Institute as a Cinematography Fellow this coming fall. Summer Hill will serve as her last short film in the place she calls home.

Current Team