In this time machine and genre fun rolled into one, Michael Tully, whose Septien screened at the 2nd AFF, takes audiences to the 1980s, a decade filled with synthetic kitsch and films like The Breakfast Club and Karate Kid. The caricature characters: shy nerds, mean bullies, giggling girls and stiff though well-intentioned parents, spend their vacation in a world of pop culture fetishes. They have bad haircuts, colorful clothes, and gold chains. They kill boredom in arcades filled with pulsing lights and cosmic sounds, and carry monstrous boom boxes that terrorize the neighborhood with electronic music. They go to amusement parks and eat softies. Above all, however, they play Ping-Pong, which rises to the ranks of extreme sport; entertainment for real men and a lifestyle. All of it is so colorful and carefree that it becomes overly psychedelic. Susan Sarandon appears in a cameo among the youthful actors.
Sarasota FF 2014 – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film
Filmmaker involved in cinema in many ways. He is the editor of Hammer to Nail a web page about movies, works as a DOP (Mary Bronstein’s Yeast) and actor (Ry Russo-Young’s You Won’t Miss Me, Aaron Katz’s Quiet City). His directorial debut is the drama Cocaine Angel, which rocketed him to Filmmaker magazine’s annual list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His other films include the absurd comedy-drama Septien and the documentary Silver Jew.
2006 Cocaine Angel
2007 Silver Jew (doc.)
2010 Superego (TV)
2014 Pingpongowe lato / Ping Pong Summer