|10:45PM||Q&A with director Michael Tully and some cast members|
(Roof and Courtyard)
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union
Presented in Partnership with Time Out New York: Special Sneak Preview with live 80s DJ & Ping Pong Tournament!
NY Premiere. The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who's 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 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. Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.
Preceded by a Short Film.
Ping Pong Summer (Michael Tully | 92 min.)
It is the summer of 1985. Teens all over the country think Run DMC is totally bitchin’. On the soft drink line, a “Suicide” (a dash of every soda) is the most popular carbonated beverage. Cliques are very real and ping pong is the most fly thing ever. Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte), a dweeby 13-year-old white boy, arrives with his family in Ocean City, Maryland, and is ready to take it all in.
With Ping Pong Summer, writer/director Michael Tully (Septien) evokes vibrant childhood memories of embarrassing parents, first crushes, bullies, and the adolescent sense of limitless possibility. For Rad, those possibilities include becoming a gnarly ping pong player and a fly breakdancer. But it isn’t until Teddy (Myles Massey), an equally dorky vacationer, shows Rad the local FunHub – stuffed with arcade games, slushies, and ping pong – that Rad finally begins to emerge from his shell. With $20 (gifted by mom), a ping pong buddy and the attention of a pretty girl, he is stoked to take on the world to the max. But when local bully Lyle Ace (Joseph McCaughtry) shows up with his dipstick crony demanding amends for eyeing his girl and playing at his table, things don’t just get real…they get hellacious.
From the opening scene, Ping Pong Summer proves itself an intelligent, sincere unadulterated throwback. Each character seems carved out of a comic book version of 80’s coming-of-age movies thrown into an alternate dimension where Susan Sarandon serves as a Mr. Miyagi ping pong sensei named Randi Jammer. Openly flaunting its nostalgia with illustrated titles, freeze frames, neon-hued set decoration and tubular outfits, Ping Pong Summer is a candy-coated memory piece. The plot progresses like that of its ancestors, but along the way Tully successfully mines the tropes for humor, awkwardness, in-jokes, and references. With everything thrown in it tastes like a “Suicide,” the most spazzed-out drink on the planet.
P.S. You better believe a ping pong party is following the screening. Fer shur.
Cruising Electric (Brumby Boylston | 1 min.)
The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising.
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
The legendary "East Coast Rock'n'Roll" group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the "Eddie & The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack". The hit single "On the Dark Side" held the "Number-One" position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for “five” consecutive weeks. The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.