Amy Seimetz Gets Hypnotized, Premieres Sun Don't Shine at Borscht
With Borscht's ever-unconventional methods of promoting experimental indie film work, it's no surprise that a screening during the eighth Borscht Film Festival might include a filmmaker, a hypnotist, and a shit ton of crazy. Seimetz screened her film with an interactive element where she chose to view her work under an entranced state in order to feel like she was seeing it for the first time, just like the audience.
"There's three levels of trance: there's light, medium, and deep state. It doesn't matter which state you're in as long as you're doing what the hypnotist suggests because all hypnosis is just the power of suggestion...[If] you choose to accept it, that's hypnosis," said Alexander, who has practiced hypnosis for more than 25 years.
Crystal, exceptionally played by Kate Lyn Sheil, is a self-destructive black hole of a person. Her boyfriend Leo, played by Kentucker Audley, is a man sucked into her vortex of hyper-tense situations, danger, and misdeeds. The dark subject matter of the film is offset by a score comprised of carousel music and mermaids. Sheil portrays Crystal's childlike character and inability to cope with her actions flawlessly; the viewer is torn between finding Crystal despicably weak and pitying her. Audley makes for a convincing anti-hero and from the beginning, it's apparent his fate is unfavorable.