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Film What You Know
'Ping Pong Summer' draws on filmmaker Michael Tully's own experience
Screens Story  June 19, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...This is where Michael Tully comes from. He's a product of this boredom..."

SXSW 2011 Film Reviews
Screens Story  March 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Septien Emerging Visions D: Michael Tully, with Robert Longstreet, Onur Tukel, Michael Tully..."

Righteous Cause / Cool Swag
Summer Indie Movie Challenge
Screens Story  June 5, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Four particular indie films, in fact: Austin filmmaker Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, an Eighties-set coming-of-age comedy combining hip-hop, table tennis, and Susan Sarandon in high-waisted pants (debuts June 6 on VOD, Austin theatrical date TBD); Hellion, a much darker coming-of-age story from another Austin-proud filmmaker, Kat Candler, and starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, and breakthrough young actor Josh Wiggins (debuts June 13 on VOD; opens in Austin June 27); Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them (on VOD now), which stars Toni Collette as a jaded rock journalist investigating the disappearance of a musician, who also happens to be her ex; and Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre's super-buzzy abortion romantic comedy starring Jenny Slate (opens in Austin June 20)...."

SXSW Film: The Whole Enchilada
Red-hot and really long list of all the titles to date
DAILY Screens  February 2, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Septien Director & Writer: Michael Tully A reclusive sports hustler returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers. Cast: Robert Longstreet, Onur Tukel, Michael Tully, Rachel Korine, Mark Darby Robinson..."

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Those local Sundance Film Festival favorites you've been reading about – including Kat Candler's Hellion (starring the one and only Aaron Paul) and a trip through pitcher Dock Ellis' career in No No: A Dockumentary – will make their way to town as part of the Festival Favorites category. Joining them in that category are Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, by the Zellner Brothers; Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer; Drafthouse Films' The Dog; and, of course, Richard Linklater's much-anticipated Boyhood...."

Yes Yes: Sundance Announces 2014 Class
Austinites a-plenty in Competition and NEXT slates
DAILY Screens  December 4, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The NEXT sidebar –  earmarked for “pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling” – includes Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer, set in 1985...."

Perfect Liberty
To find themselves, the subjects of this year's rock docs found that they had to follow their own sound
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Director Michael Tully's Silver Jew – showing as part of this year's SXSW Film 24 Beats per Second series – documents Berman's brief sojourn in Israel, following him from the nightclubs of Tel Aviv to the Western Wall. Like much of Berman's music, the film's modesty is its calling card..."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...The impact these projects will have on the local artistic and financial atmospheres is anyone's guess, but groundbreaking work continues to surface. Egerton chortles at his own productivity, saying, "I'm scheduled to shoot two horror films by the end of the year, which makes me sound incredibly successful." Michael Tully's anticipated Don't Leave Home, newly picture-wrapped, is also sure to terrify and entice; and James Bryan's Jungle Trap will screen in Austin next month, 26 years after it first began production, thanks to recovery work by Bleeding Skull (and Swaynos)..."

Film Flam
Film news, SXSW edition
DAILY Screens  March 7, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Deadline Hollywood reports that Hellion writer/director Kat Candler has signed with ICM Partners. Meanwhile, Ping Pong Summer director Michael Tully is now with Resolution...."

Film Flam
Drafthouse On the Brain and John Wayne Resurrected
DAILY Screens  February 14, 2014, by Neha Aziz
"...• Local writer/director Michael Tully's film Ping Pong Summer, which also made its debut at Sundance, has been picked up by Gravitas. But why wait for its theatrical release when you can catch it at South by Southwest in just a few short weeks?..."

AFS Grants Announced
$115,000 awarded to filmmakers
DAILY Screens  September 2, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Ping Pong Summer D: Michael Tully (Rotterdam Film Festival)..."

Film Flam
AMC develops 'The Son,' 'Sin City 2' covers up, Cinema East drops lineup
DAILY Screens  June 6, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Speaking of Austin movies at the cineplex this summer: There are a lot. Mark your calendar: PJ Raval’s documentary Before You Know It has a run at the Violet Crown Cinema June 20-26; Kat Candler’s Hellion, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, opens in Austin on June 27 (and on June 30, Austin Film Society and Arts+Labor host a premiere party and screening with cast and crew in attendance); Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer opens in limited release today – though no word yet on an Austin release date, you can watch it on VOD now; and Richard Linklater's eagerly anticipated, coming-of-age-in-real-time dramaBoyhood opens July 11 nationally and July 18 locally...."

SXSW Film Review: 'Ping Pong Summer'
Boombox beats, best friends forever, and (no) sex on the beach
DAILY SXSW  March 10, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...As wholesome as it is intentionally awkward, director Michael Tully’s ode to the beloved “bad means good” cult classics lands somewhere between the lessons of Karate Kid, the predictable hilarity of National Lampoon’s Vacation, and a raunch-free version of Wet Hot American Summer...."

Personal True Tales, Plus New and Returning Texas Legends at SXSW
Film festival director Janet Pierson gives us the 2014 rundown
DAILY SXSW  January 30, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...It needs to be seen at the Paramount." As for Richard Linklater's 12-year passion project Boyhood, Pierson said: "I didn't think things could get better than Before Midnight. For me, that was the ultimate masterpiece, Boyhood is different, but it's a singular achievement that is just remarkable." Less known is another Lone Star Sundance fave, Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, but Pierson was determined to show it here..."

Film Flam
Festival fever relapse, plus awards and a local shoot
DAILY Screens  December 17, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• Film site HammertoNail.com, edited by Ping Pong Summer director Michael Tully is taking a unique approach to festivals in 2014: Starting with the Sundance Film Festival, Ted Hope and co. will watch and review a certain number of films (in his case, eight) in order to help spread positive reviews for indie filmmakers whose projects might otherwise have been glossed over in the media..."

Film Flam
Cinema East and Paramount summer series news
DAILY Screens  May 15, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Herrick replaces Bryan Poyser, who left AFS in March to pursue filmmaking full-time. Of Herrick's hire, AFS Executive Director Rebecca Campbell said, “Our search committee saw in Holly a next-generation leader who embraces the role of film in inclusive community dialogue, advocates for programs that bring economic opportunity to artists, and respects the century-plus history of a great art form.” In addition to gaining Herrick at AFS, Austin's independent film scene gets some fresh blood: Herrick's husband is Michael Tully, a filmmaker (Septien) and regular contributor at film site Hammer to Nail..."

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
A moving and vital document of an extraordinary but little-known artist
Screens Review  November 14, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"...Silver Jew (Drag City): Filmmaker Michael Tully follows indie rock icons Silver Jews on their first tour in Israel, candidly capturing reclusive songwriter David Berman in Zion...."

Tradition in Transition
Previewing the Austin Jewish Film Festival
Screens Story  January 25, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...One of the gems of the festival will be Michael Tully's documentary about indie-rock musician David Berman, Silver Jew, which I was lucky enough to see at last year's South by Southwest Festival. Silver Jew is a fascinating look at the spiritual reawakening of a secular American pop-ironist and former drug addict confronting himself in the back alleys of Old Jerusalem while on tour with his band..."

iPhone Fodder
SXSWclick announces finalists in fourth annual competition
Screens Story  July 6, 2007
"...Winners will be announced on Aug. 1, after the jury – including Kal Penn, Bob Odenkirk, Doug Pray, Craig Zobel, Michael Tully, A.J..."

SXSW Film
Daily reviews and interviews
Screens Story  March 16, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...D: Aaron Katz; with Erin Fisher, Cris Lankenau, Sarah Hellman, Joe Swanberg, Tucker Stone, Michael Tully, Karrie Crouse..."

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