“Ping Pong Summer” Director Michael Tully Visiting Stevenson as Film and Moving Image Artist-in-Residence

January 21, 2015 7 AM

Stevenson University’s Film and Moving Image program will host film director Michael Tully, a Maryland native, as its 2015 artist-in-residence February 4-6. Tully’s most recent film, Ping Pong Summer—set and shot in Ocean City, Md.—will be screened Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the School of Design Soundstage, located on the University’s Owings Mills North campus, 11200 Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. Both are free and the community is encouraged to attend. In addition to his screening, Tully will spend time on campus visiting classes and breaking down his work with students.

“As an actor, writer, and director, Mr. Tully is a terrific mentor and role model for our students,” said Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film and Moving Image Chair. “He has successfully carved out an independent film career that has seen his movies play at Sundance, SXSW, and the Maryland Film Festival, as well as be released theatrically.”

After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, was first shown at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. Ping Pong Summer premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures.

For more information about Stevenson’s arts and cultural events, visit facebook.com/SUArtEffects or contact Matt Laumann, Manager of Cultural Programs. Email mlaumann@stevenson.edu or call 443-352-4491 to request a copy of Art Effects, the biannual guide to arts and culture at Stevenson.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.