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  • Maryland native Michael Tully celebrates Ocean City summers in Ping Pong Summer

    Something about Maryland summers speaks to filmmakers. Last year, we wrote about Matt Porterfield's I Used to Be Darker (see "I Used to Be Darker," Feature, May 8, 2013), which started out in Ocean City and found its way to Baltimore, all the while reveling in the cinematic qualities of the warmest season. Maryland native and filmmaker Michael Tully spent his summers in Ocean City as a kid; since 1992, he's been developing an idea for a film based around those mid-'80s shore visits. The result-well over 20 years in the making-combines the over-the-top comedy of summer movies like National Lampoon's Vacation and Wet Hot American Summer with the comparatively understated humor of The Karate Kid. Ping Pong Summer, featuring marquee names like Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson, throws us back to 1985 with its grainy film quality; carefully curated, hip-hop-heavy soundtrack; and a vintage T-shirt montage that even children of the '90s will appreciate. City Paper spoke with Tully over the phone about getting his movie made after more than two decades of plotting.
  • Our Guide to the 2014 Maryland film festival

    for the first time in its 16-year existence, the Maryland Film Festival won't be housed in the Charles Theatre. It's not the choice of festival organizers, says MFF director Jed Dietz, but when the Charles' operators, James "Buzz" Cusack and daughter...

    Mike Birbiglia definitely didn't get into comedy for the money

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been heard countless times as a storyteller on the This American Life radio program; he wrote, directed, and starred in Sleepwalk With Me, which won a 2012 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; in June, he will be...

    SXSW: The Case Against 8

    One of the best films at last year's South by Southwest Conference was Good Ol' Freda, the story of the Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly. Ryan White directed that film, at the behest of his aunt, the movie's Catonsville producer Kathy McCabe, during a...

    Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival
    With the Maryland Film Festival's first lineup announcement out today, City Paper spoke with festival director Jed Dietz and director of programming Eric Hatch (a former CP contributor) about some of this year's highlights. Following up on last year's...