Long Island Native Stars in 'In Memorium' to Premiere at the 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

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Sayville and Miller Place native Erik McDowell stars in the independent horror film 'In Memorium' set to premiere at the 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

Los Angeles, CA, October 5, 2005 — Sayville and Miller Place native Erik McDowell stars in the independent horror film “In Memorium” set to premiere at the 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. The psychological thriller will screen Thursday, October 20 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, October 21 at 11 pm at the UA theatre on Main Street in East Hampton.

A graduate of Miller Place High School and SUNY Geneseo, McDowell plays Dennis Wade, a terminally ill filmmaker who begins to document his final months with motion-triggered security cameras. A few days later, the cameras record inexplicable disturbances in the newly sublet house. Almost immediately, Dennis begins to deteriorate.

The film costars Johanna Watts (“CSI: Miami”), Levi Powell (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), and Mary Portser (“Human Nature”). McDowell’s other credits include “Tre,” “Wide Awake in Nothing” and the TV show “Cold Case.”

McDowell recalls his Long Island youth and his early fondness for cinema, “My love of film began when I was very young. My first memorable movie experience was at the Sayville Theatre on Railroad Avenue. It was ‘Star Wars …I was mesmerized by the light saber duel between Obi Wan and Darth Vader. It was as if I had entered a different world.”

McDowell also credits his parents for his early exposure to the arts. “…I was introduced to theatre at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport. It was a production of Peter Pan. The flying and effects just blew my imagination.”

The actor’s father, Tom McDowell of Patchouge and Bayport, resides in Sayville. McDowell’s mother, Patt Gianquinto Piccininni of Sayville and Oakdale, lives in Miller Place. The two plan on accompanying Erik to the festival.

“In Memorium” was directed by Amanda Gusack (“The Anniversary.”) and produced by Lydia Cedrone and Meredith Freeman. Cedrone and Freeman are currently developing a film adaptation of “Almost Paradise” by bestseller Susan Isaacs, also a Long Island resident.

For additional information on “In Memorium,” visit http://www.inmemorium1976-2004.com. To purchase movie tickets, visit http://www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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