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Kirk Sullivan, wearing a plaid shirt, says he feels at ease when he's shooting films. Photo provided by Kirk Sullivan
Kirk Sullivan, wearing a plaid shirt, says he feels at ease when he's shooting films. Photo provided by Kirk Sullivan

Filmmaker returns for a premiere in the Adirondacks

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Adirondack native Kirk Sullivan will premiere his latest short film at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this evening.

Sullivan's father, Fred, was also a filmmaker, known for The Beer Drinker's Guide to Fitness and Filmmaking and Cold River. He passed away unexpectedly in 1996. Kirk Sullivan, now 30, was born and raised in Saranac Lake and now lives in Los Angeles.

Tonight's film, The Come Up is a 10-minute short that Kirk Sullivan describes as a fun action-comedy. He wrapped up work on the film at the end of July. As Chris Morris reports, it takes place on the set of a major Hollywood producer, a familiar environment for filmmaker.

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Kirk Sullivan was born and raised in Saranac Lake. He now resides in Los Angeles, and he wrapped up work on the film at the end of July.

“The Come Up” is Sullivan’s most ambitious work to-date, and follows 2004’s “Loyalty’s Lines,” which explored the strength of the bond between two friends. That film was shot in Saranac Lake and featured some local talent, including Ampersound music store owner Mark Coleman.

Sullivan has spent the last two years working as an assistant for a major Hollywood producer. He drew on some of that experience for “The Come Up.” Here’s a scene in which the film’s main character – a production assistant – gets reamed out for trying to float a script to his boss.

Sullivan came up with the idea for “The Come Up” while he was working on the set of the 2010 action film “The Losers.” He says while working on that film, he witnessed how much petty cash flows in and out of a movie set.

Using the online fundraising website Kickstarter, Sullivan collected $15,000 in donations from friends, family and fans to fund the movie. He also used his own money and had help from two other producers.

“The Come Up” features Patrick Adams, star of the USA Network’s “Suits,” and Troian Bellisario of ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars.” It was shot over a three-day period in December 2011 at the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles.

Sullivan’s father, Fred, passed away unexpectedly in 1996. Sullivan says watching his dad practice the art of filmmaking made the craft seem accessible to him.

Sullivan will host a question and answer session after tonight’s premier, and a reception will follow.

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