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Ping Pong Summer

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Director: Michael Tully

Screenwriters: Michael Tully

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Description

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.

Screening Details

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