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Cinematic Arts Alumni's Film at Sundance
Michael Tully's new film SEPTIEN featured at Sundance
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 //
http://www.sundanceselects.com/films/septien

Cinematic Arts alum Michael Tully ('97) has produced an indie film which has received some important attention. His new film, SEPTIEN, will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed by IFC Films. The film has gotten good reviews, and it will be entered in the Maryland Film Festival as well. For a limited time, the film may be viewed online, on-demand at the website listed below. Mike informed the art department in this recent email to Professor Dan Bailey;

Hi Dan,

I'm not sure if you remember me. I graduated back in the spring of 1997. I was a film production major. Anyway, this might sound self-serving but nobody else is gonna do it so I'm trying to get the word out there and think it might be potentially inspiring for the current batch of aspiring filmmakers at UMBC!

My new film, SEPTIEN, a tiny, truly independent production that we shot on Super-16mm in Nashville this summer is world premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Crazy. But even crazier than that is that we were already picked up for distribution by IFC Films. As part of IFC and Sundance's initiative to try to spread the word about indie films, they are making five Sundance selections available through their Video On Demand channel for 30 days from the film's first screening. Here's more info:

http://www.ifcfilms.com/inside-ifc-films/direct-from-the-sundance-film-festival-2011

Our world premiere is midnight on Sunday, January 23rd, and it sounds like that's when the film is going to be available in all these homes across the country. The good thing about our deal is that this is only a one-month situation, at which point we're hoping to get a healthy spring/summer festival run - really hoping Jed and Eric at the MD Film Fest dig it so I can return there this year - and an eventual limited theatrical run in the late summer or fall.

There's no pressure on this, but I thought it might be nice for undergrads (or even grads) to know that good things come to those who take potentially strange leaps. Let me know if you need or want any more information. Thanks for reading this...

Mike