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Jun 29, 2008 12:19 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Focus on Long Island filmmakers and films

Jun 29, 2008 12:19 PM

“It’s tender and beautiful,” Mr. Tully said during a phone interview from his L.A. home last week. “It’s a sci-fi romance.”

Mr. Tully’s parents still live on the East End and he will be back in the area this month to visit and work.

Proud of the piece, Mr. Tully said the music is particularly amazing. Composed by Chad Seiter, the soundtrack was recorded live by a six-piece ensemble, Studio A.

“It sounded amazing. A group of us, our friends, all went and watched,” Mr. Tully said.

The filmmaker had read the six-page story about four years ago. Recently he was at home thinking about picking up another project.

“I hadn’t done anything in a really long time. I wanted to come up with something original. And I thought that an adaptation could be a challenge all in itself. I immediately thought of that, ran into a room and grabbed the book,” he said.

The most challenging part of the film, he said, was making the monster computer.

Mr. Tully and a friend went to several prop houses and then to a junk yard to dig up computer frames, pipes and other pieces used in the construction.

“The machine itself is huge,” he explained.

“Epicac” sparked Mr. Tully’s creative ambition and he is currently working on his next project, an animation.

Also featured in the film festival, among others, will be “LIRR and Maine Story,” by director Nina Chernik, which was filmed mostly in East Hampton in the fall of 2005. Eastport filmmaker and C.W. Post student Shannon Weiss’s film, “Long Way Home,” will also be screened at the festival next week.

The Long Island International Film Expo will be held from July 8 to July 17 in Bellmore. Admission is $6 for senior citizens, $20 for a day pass or $60 for a gold pass. Senior citizens and students can bring a friend for free weekdays for film blocks that begin before 5 p.m. For more information visit www.LongIslandFilm.com.

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