Amy Seimetz Gets Hypnotized, Premieres Sun Don't Shine at Borscht

Amy Seimetz
"Anyone in here ever have any experience with hypnosis?" comedy hypnotist, Rich Alexander, asked the audience before he "zapped" filmmaker Amy Seimetz at Borscht's screening of her directorial debut, Sun Don't Shine, at O Cinema.

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.

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"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.  

As audience members observed skeptically, a nervous Seimetz submitted to the suggestion of Alexander. Among them was the film's producer, Kim Sherman, who joined the film after working closely with Seimetz on other projects; she also exhibited her work at Borscht during the Regional Film Summit: Missouri. "At the time, I was looking for an actress for the first film I produced, it's a film called Small Pond...Amy came to town and shot with us and she was recommended by several other people. And then we worked on Horrible Way to Die and then another project, and that's when she asked me to produce," Sherman said.

Sun Don't Shine
Sun Don't Shine, Seimetz's first directed feature, is a film likely to gain a cult following, at least in Florida. It was filmed on location here; Seimetz's characters, lovers on the run, take viewers through emotionally charged scenes in Weeki Wachee Springs, Tampa, the Everglades, and much of central Florida.

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.

Location Info


O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th St., Miami, FL

Category: Film

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