How Filmmaker Michael Tully Made Ping Pong Summer

Ocean City Maryland is one of the most magical beach towns in the world.

Aside from the nearly three miles of beachfront boardwalk jammed packed full of arcades, games, go-karts, water slides, weird shops and delicious deep fried foods that you can’t help but devour with abandon – It’s the very beach my parents took me to every summer growing up.

Not much has changed in Ocean City since 1985. And this is the major reason why director Michael Tully chose Ocean City as the perfect location for his coming of age comedy, Ping Pong Summer.

How Michael Tully Made Ping Pong Summer

If you’ve ever wondered how to make, market and sell a movie to networks like Showtime, you’re going to love the story behind Michael Tully’s latest feature, Ping Pong Summer.

This interview covers the following topics:

– Finding the perfect location for your movie.
– Building an audience versus simply making a movie.
– What it was like to cast and work with Susan Sarandon.
– How 20 years of preparation creates overnight success.
– How Ping Pong Summer got distribution.

Listen to the interview below:

About Filmmaker Michael Tully

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 follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. He wrote and directed Ping Pong Summer, which world premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.

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