The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know—deep down—you're as funky fresh as it gets.
Writer/director Michael Tully creates the ultimate love letter to the 1980s coming-of-age comedy with this vivid cinematic time capsule. Hilarious in content and meticulously designed, Tully’s film relishes making an artifact of pop culture through synth-heavy suspense, Super 16 shades, and classic characters with original quirks. Ping Pong Summer is a high five to the 13-year-old inside all of us who is hoping to come out on top. - C.R.
About the Director
After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world-premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film." His followup film, Silver Jew, world-premiered at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.
Cast and Credits
Director: Michael Tully
Screenwriter: Michael Tully
Producers: George M. Rush, Ryan Zacarias, Brooke Bernard, Billy Peterson, Jeff Allard, Michael Gottwald
Cinematographer: Wyatt Garfield
Editor: Marc Vives
Composer: Michael Montes
Production Designer: Bart Mangrum
Costume Design: Stephani Lewis
Principal Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte
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