It’s been nearly a decade since Shane Carruth splashed onto the scene with his time-travel film Primer at the Sundance Film Festival. It won him both the Grand Jury prize and the Alfred P. Sloan prize, which goes to films that deal with science and technology. The movie was reportedly made on a $7,000 budget, grossing more than $400,000 domestically. Despite complaints that the film is confusing, it’s gained Carruth a slew of devoted followers who have been waiting since 2003 for a new project.
Well it looks like independent film’s most mysterious man has found a partner in ubiquitous indie actress Amy Seimetz. Seimetz was one of the breakouts of Sundance 2011 along with Brit Marling, Felicity Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen. The LA Times singled her out as the 2011 Sundance MVP for her involvement in multiple aspects of filmmaking, including producing, writing, and directing.
Her feature film directing debut Sun Don’t Shine, is a mysterious Floridian thriller that she wrote, directed, produced, and co-edited. It is premiering this weekend in the Emerging Visions section of South By Southwest (SXSW) .Seimetz has hooked up with Primer director Shane Carruth, who is executive producing her film. This is the second of two top-secret projects Carruth and Seimetz have worked on together.
Carruth apparently saw an early cut of the film and was so impressed with what he saw he had to be part of the project. With Carruth’s stamp of approval, Seimetz’s film is sure to “shine” at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin. The film stars indie stalwarts Kate Lyn Sheil (Green, The Color Wheel) and Kentucker Audley (Open Five). Not much has been revealed about the plot, but MCN reports that it “follows a troubled young couple’s road trip along the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s (Kate Lyn Sheil) sinister past and the couple’s troubling future.”
Here’s a sneak peek of the film. The premiere screening is Saturday, March 10 at 2:15 PM in the Violet Crown 1.