Magazine article Screen International

US Indies Hit the Champs-Elysees

Magazine article Screen International

US Indies Hit the Champs-Elysees

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US in Progress initiative to showcase five features by independent US filmmakers.

Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Michael Tully's [pictured] coming-of-age-vacation comedy Ping Pong Summer kicks off the latest edition of US in Progress on Thursday.

The US in Progress initiative, hosted by the Champs Elysées Film Festival, will showcase five features by independent US filmmakers over the coming two days to some 30 European buyers.

Set against the Maryland beach resort of Ocean City, Ping Pong Summer combines a cast of unknown adolescent actors with established big screen stars Susan Sarandon and John Hannah.

The picture was among six recipients last year of a $300,000 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Other projects in that selection included Fruitvale and Short Term 12.

Tully's previous films include Cocaine Angel, Silver Jew and Septien.

Also screening on Thursday is New York director Leah Meyerhoff's I Believe in Unicorns about a teenager who runs away with an older boy to escape the day-to-day grind of caring for her disabled mother. The cast features host of indie stalwarts including Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz and Joshua Leonard.

Pictures due to screen on Friday comprise Jaffe Zinn's Children, Tommy Oliver's 1982 and Shawn Telford's BFE.

Children revolves around a southern Idaho camping trip by two women which turns murderous when one of them becomes convinced that they are living in the end of times as prophesied in the book of Revelations, or Apocalypse. It is Zinn's second feature after the award-winning Magic Valley. …

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