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Gravitas Scores Sundance Crowdpleaser 'Ping Pong Summer,' Starring Susan Sarandon

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by Ryan Lattanzio
February 3, 2014 2:40 PM
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'Ping Pong Summer'

Following a warmly received Sundance premiere, writer/director Michael Tully's "Ping Pong Summer" has landed a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. Gravitas will take the film out theatrically and digitally early this summer, with a home video release later in 2014.

Set in summer 1985 in Ocean City, Maryland, the film centers on 13-year-old Rad Miracle (newcomer Marcello Conte), who aspires to be a master breakdancer, ping pong player and all-around ladies man before the end of summer break. Writer/director and mumblecore pal Tully ("Septien") based the film on his own childhood experiences. It costars Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, Lea Thompson and Susan Sarandon.

THR calls "Ping Pong Summer" "a lingering, entertaining glance back at an era that Americans just can't seem to get enough of," while Paste says it hits its "target audience right in its sweet spot."

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