By Ray Pride

Sundance PING PONG SUMMER Locks Deal With Gravitas Ventures

Sundance PING PONG SUMMER Locks Deal With Gravitas Ventures Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and newcomer Marcello Conte love the ’80s in this critically-acclaimed comedy which hits theaters this summer

El Segundo, CA (February 3, 2014) – Following an uproarious Sundance premiere, one of the festival’s biggest crowd-pleasers, Michael Tully’s PING PONG SUMMER, has landed a deal with Gravitas Ventures. Gravitas plans to take the film out theatrically and digitally early this summer, with a home video release later in 2014.

Set during the summer of 1985 in Ocean City, Maryland, PING PONG SUMMER follows awkward 13-year-old Rad Miracle as he attempts to live up to that name by becoming a master breakdancer, ping pong player and ladies man all before the end of summer break. Based on his own childhood experiences (poor guy), writer-director Michael Tully’s (SEPTIEN, SILVER JEW) meticulous recreation of the characters, fashions and emotions that populate our teenage years proves that remembering perfectly is the best (and most hilarious) revenge.

PING PONG SUMMER features a gut-busting and heart-tugging breakthrough performance from Marcello Conte as Rad Miracle, as well as hysterical supporting turns from Amy Sedaris (STRANGERS WITH CANDY), Judah Friedlander (30 ROCK) and Lea Thompson (summer of ’85s own BACK TO THE FUTURE). Rounding out the note-perfect cast is Academy Award winner (and co-owner of the SPiN ping-pong club empire) Susan Sarandon as Randi Jammer, the table tennis Miyagi to Rad’s Daniel-son.

“Having been a fan of Tully’s work, both as a filmmaker and as a writer at Hammer To Nail, I was still not prepared for what a truly joyous blast of a film PING PONG SUMMER turned out to be,” said Gravitas VP of Theatrical Distribution Dustin Smith. “Anyone (i.e. me) who spent lonely teenage summers dreaming of rapping, breakdancing or even talking to a girl is going to love this movie. Plus, where else are you going to see Susan Sarandon wield a fish like a weapon?”

“I’ve been a fan of Gravitas Ventures since its inception, so when I heard the recent news about
their venturing into the theatrical sphere I became quite excited,” said Tully. “In this tricky 21st century market, Gravitas has the intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm to help make sure our 20th century movie gets seen. Not to mention their funky fresh addition of Dusty Smith to the Gravitas team, which further sealed the deal.”

George Rush and Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Gravitas CEO Nolan Gallagher handling duties for the distrib. Rush also produced PING PONG SUMMER along with Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, Billy Peterson, Jeffrey Allard and Michael Gottwald in association with Epic Match Media, Compass Entertainment and Nomadic Independence.

Gravitas Ventures is a leading distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006 with a focus on Video-On-Demand, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers, producers and distribution companies with leading distribution partners across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films across all platforms. Some of their recent releases include Dave Grohl’s 2013 Sundance premiere SOUND CITY and the Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon starrer SUNLIGHT JR. For more information, go to and @GravitasVOD.

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