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Ocean City In Spotlight At Sundance, With Debut Of 'Ping Pong Summer'

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The producers of a movie shot in Ocean City, Md., have announced it will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January.

Ping Pong Summer is a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1985, about a ping pong and hip hop music obsessed teenage boy on a family vacation to Ocean City.

The film wrapped production in the resort one day before Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012, and producers and director Michael Tully have been finishing and shopping the film ever since.

So when it was announced this week that the film will premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the excitement level here in Ocean City shot to almost a fever pitch.

Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson star in Ping Pong Summer, but the comedy also features a number of local youths in both lead and secondary roles.

Ping Pong Summer is the first movie to prominently feature Ocean City on the big screen since the 1986 film Violents Are Blue, which starred Kevin Kline and Sissy Spacek.

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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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