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Amy Seimetz's 'Sun Don't Shine' Gets Distribution Days Before Sundance Premieres 'Upstream Color'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 3:44PM

Amy Seimetz' "Sun Don't Shine," which was named as Indiewire's #1 undistributed film, has finally found distribution with Factory 25. Seimetz, who wrote/directed/produced/edited the film, will also be getting attention for her starring role in Shane Carruth's hotly-anticipated "Upstream Color"...
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Sun Don't Shine

Amy Seimetz' "Sun Don't Shine," which was named as Indiewire's #1 undistributed film, has finally found a release via Factory 25. Seimetz, who wrote/directed/produced/edited the film, will also be getting attention for her starring role in Shane Carruth's hotly-anticipated "Upstream Color," days away from premiering at Sundance. Seimetz could be considered the next Brit Marling, the multi-hyphenate who broke out with 2011 Sundance entries "Sound of my Voice" and "Another Earth" (although writer-actress-producer Marling has no directing credits).

"Sun Don't Shine" won a Special Jury award at SXSW. We interview her here. Check out the synopsis and trailer below:

Factory 25 will release the film theatrically on April 26, in addition to VOD platforms, iTunes, Amazon VUDU, X-Box, Sony Playstation and others.

Sun Don't Shine follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. From the outset, the purpose of their journey is unclear, and the motivations behind their heated altercations and shady errands are hazy, but sporadic moments of tenderness illuminate the loving bond between the two that exists underneath their overt tensions. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast past an endless panorama of mangrove fields, trailer parks, and cookie-cutter housing developments, the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s sinister past and the couple’s troubling future.

Sun Don't Shine Trailer from factory twenty five on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, News, Indies, News, Sun Don't Shine, Amy Seimetz


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.