Directed by Jon Bunning
In the middle of New York City, tucked away in the corner of Bryant Park, sit two outdoor ping pong tables where anyone is free to play. Young or old, rich or homeless, it doesn’t matter. During the day, the park provides paddles and balls, but after 7pm the regulars show up, armed with their own. Every night they come together to battle each other and the elements, playing in the wind, rain and even snow. And out of this shared love of the game, a bond was formed between an unlikely group of people. This is the story of the many lives these tables have touched, including the gangbanger who helped put them there.
Jon Bunning grew up on Air Force bases around the Midwest eventually landing in Omaha, Nebraska. After college he moved to New York to pursue a career as an advertising creative director. In recent years he branched out into photography and documentary filmmaking. His photo essay on Bhutan was recognized by National Geographic. His first two films were shot entirely by himself, playing the roles of director, producer, cinematographer and sound recordist. His second documentary, The Tables, won the audience award for best short documentary at the world premiere in the Ashland Independent Film Festival. It sold out at the New York premiere in The Manhattan Film Festival. The success of The Tables has already led to his first commercial directing project for Google.
Editor: Karen Kourtessis
Music Composer: Christopher Keyes
88 minsThe MATINEE ONE program of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival features nine short films that portray a sense of unity, trust, acceptance and self-discovery punctuated with some genuine humor. Includes Q&A with filmmakers.