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'Upstream Color' Star Amy Seimetz Talks Multitasking and Directing 'Sun Don't Shine' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2013 at 4:13PM

Back in 2010, indie producer-writer-actress Amy Seimetz was living in Tampa, Florida and dealing with losses in her family, "a lot of anxiety," she says, when she realized that "I need to get out of acting in these movies... I need to direct my own thing." Her first feature "Sun Don't Shine" is a well-shot micro-budget portrait of a couple on the run for murder in the mold of James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice"

Finding money is always a challenge for Seimetz, who does not come from a wealthy background. Some financing and one of the house locations for the $70,000 film came from a private investor she met through a friend on Facebook, as well as winning a bet with another investor in Munich. The first week of shooting was funded via crowdsourcing. "The first week was a huge help," she says, "if you can get everyone on location you can get things going, and get people there. Once you're rolling you can find a way to make it all work."

Seimetz is now an actress-in-demand with an WME agent: she not only rated a NYT feature for Sundance features "Upstream Color" and "Pit Stop" but after she moved to Los Angeles, she landed a gig in the third season of AMC's "The Killing," as a mother with a missing child, now filming in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's also a regular on Christopher Guest’s upcoming HBO comedy series, “Family Tree," starring Chris O'Dowd as a man who is obsessed with his genetic history.

Seimetz reminds that in today's improvisational world, working hard can be the best revenge.

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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.