Broad Reach Pictures and Lyft are pleased to announce the launch of their short film co-production, June, set to premiere on December 14th. Imagined by Lyft’s creative director, Ricardo Viramontes, directed by Academy Award-winning director John Kahrs, design and animation by Kevin Dart’s Chromosphere and scored by Emmy Award-Winning composer Christophe Beck, June tells a heartwarming story that embodies the spirit of the Lyft community.
June follows the journey of an elderly widow whose vintage car is destroyed, compelling her to use Lyft for the first time. June begins to notice she is surrounded by the lively community of ridesharing, and ultimately takes the initiative to join this new world, ultimately putting her back in the driver’s seat of life.
Ricardo approached me with this idea about a woman whose life was transformed when she decides to become a Lyft driver, and I knew immediately I wanted to do the project. When we looked at anecdotes from drivers and passengers, the common thread was how people connected. That became the real story. June makes these connections with those around her, and it changes her. It creates a community she didn’t realize was there. Ricardo and his team at Lyft put a tremendous amount of faith in me to find my way in creating this story.
-John Kahrs, director
June connects communities by blurring lines between riders and drivers, and highlighting that we are all one in the same,” said Ricardo Viramontes. “This film was inspired by the Lyft drivers and passengers who make it more than just a ride, and as I read through countless stories, I realized there was a strong common theme of people coming together through the Lyft experience.” The song “Moving,” featured in the short, was written and performed by former Lyft driver and Atlantic Recording Artist Sir the Baptist. In pursuit of his dreams, Sir the Baptist served Chicago’s Lyft community as a driver for more than two years. While earning income on his own schedule, the rapper established professional connections and drew inspiration for many of his songs from interactions with his passengers.
To watch June visit lyft.com/june