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Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #28: Amy Seimetz, ‘Sun Don’t Shine’

Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #28: Amy Seimetz, 'Sun Don't Shine'

Amy Seimetz is keeping mum on the plot of her film “Sun Don’t Shine,” which is making its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. “It’s a film that demands way more honesty from myself than I am often willing to give,” says Seimetz “Hence my retreating to secrecy in revealing too much about the plot.”

What It’s About: Two lovers on the back roads of Florida do very bad things.

Says Director Amy Seimetz: “I shot this in my hometown. St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s a fever dream, an anxiety roller coaster with complex, intimate and explosive performances by Kentucker Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil. We shot on super 16mm in the middle of the summer and every bead of sweat, every cicada scream is captured– it was well worth enduring the tropical heat waves.

“I don’t remember how it all started– but in terms of this film I can tell you it spawned out of a year with a lot on the line.

“It is a mishmash of so many works. I was quite manic when I wrote this– and may very well still be as I write this response. It is a balance of delicate, meditative films, aggressively masculine films and aggressively feminine films– ‘Two Lane Black Top,’ ‘Wanda,’ ‘Woman Under the Influence,’ James Benning’s ‘RR’ (for sonic reasons), ‘Rocky,’ ‘Badlands,’ ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Jeanne Dielmann…’, ‘Twentynine Palms’ and ‘Urban Cowboy.'”

On upcoming projects: “I can’t talk about them just yet. This is not part my secretive nature, though admittedly I am getting joy out of hiding information.”

Indiewire invited SXSW Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

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