Amy Lynne Seimetz (born November 25, 1981) is an American actress, writer, producer, director, and editor. She has appeared in several productions, including AMC's The Killing, HBO's Family Tree, and ERBP's Upstream Color. In 2015, she co-wrote, co-directed and executive produced the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience, based on the Steven Soderbergh film of the same name, which was released to positive reviews and critical acclaim.
Seimetz in 2014
Amy Lynne Seimetz
November 25, 1981
Early life and educationEdit
Seimetz grew up in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, and briefly attended film school at the Florida State University before moving to Los Angeles. There she worked as a nanny, a waitress, and a seamstress while learning filmmaking.
Seimetz began her film career by producing and directing short and independent films, including Barry Jenkins' Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film Festival. She acted in Joe Swanberg's Alexander The Last, which premiered at SXSW. She also worked with Swanberg on Silver Bullets and Autoerotic, continuing with acting roles in Gabi on the Roof in July, Tiny Furniture, Open Five, and Myth of the American Sleepover.
Seimetz's performance in A Horrible Way to Die won her the Best Actress award at Fantastic Fest. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to good reviews. She appeared in The Off Hours. About her, the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Every year, the Sundance Film Festival has a semi-official 'it girl' who encapsulates the festival's cocktail of discovery and buzz. But what about someone who embodies the independent film world's sense of community and the pitch-in spirit of collaboration, something like a most valuable player? That prize might well go to Amy Seimetz."
The Hollywood Reporter singled Seimetz out as one of the breakouts of Sundance that year: "As a late-night truck-stop waitress and orphaned lost soul, Seimetz invests Off Hours' dead-end world of tiny tragedies with a hidden, hard-won strength." She appeared in Revenge for Jolly!. In 2012, she made her feature directorial debut with the Florida-based thriller Sun Don't Shine, which she also wrote, produced, and co-edited. The film premiered at South By Southwest to rave reviews. Indiewire wrote: "Her terrific directorial debut was a brilliant noir exercise with less mumbling than raw brawls. She pinned me to my Alamo Drafthouse seat and the film kept me there for the next 82 minutes."
Seimetz is the star of Upstream Color and Pit Stop, both of which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In February, she was added as a series regular to AMC's series The Killing. In season 3, she plays Danette Leeds, a "hard-living, financially strapped single mother whose 14-year-old daughter goes missing".
In June 2014, Starz announced that they had ordered a 13-episode anthology series of the film The Girlfriend Experience, co-written, co-directed, and executive produced by Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan. This came after the film's creator Steven Soderbergh stated: "I think if I were going to run a studio I'd just be gathering the best filmmakers I could find and sort of let them do their thing within certain economic parameters. So I would call Shane Carruth, or Barry Jenkins or Amy Seimetz and I'd bring them in and go, OK, what do you want to do?" The series was later renewed for a second season, and Seimetz continued to produce, write, and direct episodes.
In 2017, Seimetz appeared in Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, and also had roles in Lean on Pete, directed by Andrew Haigh, and My Days of Mercy, opposite Elliot Page. In 2018, Seimetz starred opposite Molly Shannon in Wild Nights with Emily directed by Madeleine Olnek. That same year, Seimetz directed two episodes of Atlanta, and had a recurring role on the second season of Get Shorty.
In 2019, Seimetz starred in Pet Sematary, an adaption of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. She directed She Dies Tomorrow, starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Jane Adams, which was set to have its world premiere at South by Southwest in March 2020, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2016, Seimetz was engaged to filmmaker Shane Carruth, though they had separated by 2019. She later obtained a temporary restraining order against him, alleging years of emotional, mental, and physical abuse. In 2020, Seimetz was granted a restraining order against Carruth that will expire in August 2025.
|2003||Leaving Baghdad||Short film|
|2004||The 17th Man||Bookstore Patron||Short film|
|2004||Measure of Love||Short film|
|2005||The Unseen Kind-Hearted Beast||Georgette||Short film; director, producer, writer, editor|
|2005||Black Dragon Canyon||Elizabeth Sterling|
|2006||Wristcutters: A Love Story||Nina|
|2006||Say It||Short film|
|2008||Medicine for Melancholy||Associate producer|
|2008||We Saw Such Things||Director, producer, editor|
|2009||Alexander the Last||Hellen|
|2009||Round Town Girls||Girl #1||Short film; also director|
|2009||Time's Up||Deborah||Short film|
|2009||One Night Only||Anna||Short film|
|2010||Gabi on the Roof in July||Chelsea|
|2010||The Myth of the American Sleepover||Julie Higgins|
|2010||Bitter Feast||Katherine Franks|
|2010||Ruff Love||Amy||Short film|
|2010||A Horrible Way to Die||Sarah|
|2011||The Jonestown Defense|
|2011||The Off Hours||Francine|
|2011||Silver Bullets||Charlie||Also producer|
|2011||The Dish and the Spoon||Emma's Friend||Also producer|
|2011||No Matter What||Laura||Also associate producer|
|2011||Coffee & Pie||Short film|
|2011||Special Things to Do||Sandy||Short film|
|2012||Be Good||Mary Kutzman|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Vicki|
|2012||Ghost of Old Highways||The Bridesmaid / Hairlot / Choir Girl||Short film|
|2012||Sun Don't Shine||Writer, producer, director, editor|
|2013||When We Lived in Miami||Short film; Director & editor|
|2013||Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse||Rollerblading Death Dolphin|
|2013||9 Full Moons||Frankie|
|2014||I Believe in Unicorns||Clara|
|2014||The Reconstruction of William Zero||Jules|
|2015||Entertainment||Woman in Bar|
|2015||We'll Find Something||Kendra||Short film|
|2017||Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper||Maggie Faris||Short film|
|2017||Lean on Pete||Lynn|
|2017||My Days of Mercy||Martha|
|2018||Wild Nights with Emily||Mabel|
|2019||Pet Sematary||Rachel Creed|
|2020||She Dies Tomorrow||N/A||Director, writer, producer|
|2020||The Secrets We Keep||Rachel Steinman|
|TBA||No Sudden Move||Post-production|
|2013||Family Tree||Ally Keele||3 episodes|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lena Olsen||Episode: "Rapist Anonymous"|
|2013–2014||The Killing||Danette Leeds||14 episodes|
|2016–present||The Girlfriend Experience||Annabel Reade||5 episodes; also executive producer, writer, director|
|2016–2017||Stranger Things||Becky Ives||3 episodes|
|2016||Halt and Catch Fire||Michelle Lattimer||Episode: "NIM"|
|2018||Atlanta||Director, 2 episodes|
|2018||Get Shorty||Jinny||Season 2, recurring role; in production|
|2020||The Comey Rule||Trisha Anderson||miniseries|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Tiny Furniture||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance||Nominated|
|The Myth of the American Sleepover||SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast||WonI|
|2011||A Horrible Way To Die||Fantastic Fest Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2012||Sun Don't Shine||SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Award - Emergent Narrative Woman Director||Won|
|Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You||Nominated|
|RiverRun International Film Festival Special Jury Prize - Spark Award||WonII|
|Indiewire Best of 2012 Best Undistributed Film||Won|
|2013||Upstream Color||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Sun Don't Shine||Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director||Nominated|
- "Upstream Color Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
- Littleton, Cynthia (June 23, 2014). "Starz Orders 'Girlfriend Experience' Series From Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman". Variety. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- The Girlfriend Experience, retrieved December 18, 2016
- "Amy Seimetz Breaks Through". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
- "Amy Seimetz Digitally Premieres Sun Don't Shine Film :: Movies :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
- A Horrible Way to Die review, The New York Times, August 19, 2011.
- "Sundance 2011: Amy Seimetz". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. January 23, 2011 [11:45 am]. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
- Review of The Off Hours, The Hollywood Reporter
- Sun Don't Shine review at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com, March 13, 2012.
- "Time Out Chicago review of Sun Don't Shine". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012.
- "Indiewire review of Sun Don't Shine". Indiewire.com. May 12, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
- Willmore, Alison (February 12, 2013). "Amy Seimetz Joins the Cast of AMC's 'The Killing'". IndieWire. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- "Steven Soderbergh's State of Cinema Talk". Deadline. April 30, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- Birnbaum, Debra (August 1, 2016). "Starz Renews 'The Girlfriend Experience' For Season Two". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Hipes, Patrick (February 25, 2016). "'Alien: Covenant' Crews Up: 'Empire's Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo & More Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Grater, Tom (September 10, 2016). "First look: 'Lean On Pete'". Screen Daily. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (August 18, 2016). "Tali Shalom Ezer Directing Ellen Page and Kate Mara in Romantic Drama 'Mercy'". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- Blisten, Jon (March 7, 2019). "Watch Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson in New 'Wild Nights With Emily' Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Nyguen, Hahn (March 23, 2018). "'Atlanta' Director Amy Seimetz on Creating Those 'Get Out' Vibes in the Creepy Episode 'Helen'". IndieWire. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Petski, Denise (March 13, 2018). "'Get Shorty': Amy Seimetz Set To Recur In Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (June 1, 2018). "Amy Seimetz Female Lead In 'Pet Sematary' Remake". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
- Ray-Ramos, Dino (January 15, 2020). "SXSW Sets Judd Apatow's 'The King Of Staten Island' As Opening-Night Film, Unveils Features And Episodics Lineups". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- "City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Events". South by Southwest. March 6, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- "James Comey Mini Sets Amy Seimetz For Key FBI Attorney Trisha Anderson". Deadline Hollywood. November 25, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Wiseman, Andreas; Hipes, Patrick (April 23, 2019). "'The Secrets We Keep': Chris Messina & Amy Seimetz Join Noomi Rapace & Joel Kinnaman In AGC-Di Bonaventura Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
- Erbland, Kate (January 26, 2016). "News Film TV Awards Toolkit More Search Sundance: Amy Seimetz Explains the Most Feminist Decision She Made When Crafting 'The Girlfriend Experience'". IndieWire. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- Kohn, Eric (April 13, 2019). "Amy Seimetz Conquers Hollywood By Saying No to Marvel and Yes to 'Pet Sematary'". IndieWire. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- Maddaus, Gene (July 27, 2020). "'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Accused of Abusing Ex-Girlfriend". Variety. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- "Alien: Covenant | Prologue: Last Supper | 20th Century FOX". February 22, 2017 – via YouTube.
- Petski, Denise (March 13, 2018). "'Get Shorty': Amy Seimetz Set To Recur In Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "From the Archives: Amy Seimetz". Anthem Magazine. October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2016.