Amy Seimetz

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Amy Seimetz
Amy Seimetz.jpg
Seimetz in 2014
Born (1981-11-25) November 25, 1981 (age 35)
Occupation Actress, writer, producer, director, editor
Years active 2003–present

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 Shane Carruth's critically acclaimed Upstream Color.[1] 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,[2] which was released to positive reviews and critical acclaim.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Seimetz grew up in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, and briefly attended film school before moving to Los Angeles. There she worked as a nanny, a waitress, and a seamstress while learning filmmaking.[4]


Seimetz began her film career by producing and directing short and independent films, including 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,[5] 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.[6] 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."[7]

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."[8] 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.[9] The film premiered at South By Southwest to rave reviews.[10] 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."[11]

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".[12]

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.[2] 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?"[13] The series was later renewed for a second season, Seimetz will continue to produce, write, and direct episodes.[14]

In 2017, Seimetz appeared in Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott,[15] and will have roles in Lean on Pete, directed by Andrew Haigh,[16] and Mercy, opposite Ellen Page.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Tiny Furniture Ashlynn
2010 Open Five Lynn
2010 The Myth of the American Sleepover Julie Higgins
2010 Bitter Freast Katherine Franks
2010 Incredibly Small Samantha
2010 Ruff Love Amy Short film
2010 Despedida Leah
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 Small Pond Katie
2011 Coffee & Pie Short film
2011 Autoerotic
2011 You're Next Aimee
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 Possession Beth
2012 #PostModem Short film
2012 Sun Don't Shine Writer, producer, director, editor
2013 When We Lived in Miami Short film; Director & editor
2013 Upstream Color Kris
2013 Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse Rollerblading Death Dolphin
2013 9 Full Moons Frankie
2014 The Sacrament Caroline
2014 Lucky Them Sara
2014 I Believe in Unicorns Clara
2014 The Reconstruction of William Zero Jules
2014 Tehachapi Short film
2015 Entertainment Woman in Bar
2015 Ma Misty
2016 Lovesong Chloe
2017 Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Maggie Faris [18]
2017 Alien: Covenant
2017 Lean on Pete In post-production
2017 Mercy Martha In post-production
2017 Untitled Emily Dickinson Project Mabel In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Family Tree Ally Keele 3 episodes
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Lena Olsen Episode: "Rapist Anonymous"
2013–2014 The Killing Danette Leeds 14 episodes
2016 The Girlfriend Experience Annabel Reade 5 episodes; also executive producer, writer, director
2016 Stranger Things Becky Ives Episode: "Chapter Six: The Monster"
2016 Halt and Catch Fire Michelle Lattimer Episode: "NIM"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Result
2010 Tiny Furniture Gotham Independent Film Awards 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 Awards 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 Awards Award for Best Actress Nominated
2013 Sun Don't Shine Gotham Independent Film Awards Award for Breakthrough Director Nominated[19]


^I Shared with Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen, Nikita Ramsey, and Jade Ramsey
^II Shared with Brady Corbet, and David Oyelowo.


  1. ^ "Upstream Color Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b Starz Orders Girlfriend Experience Series From Steven Soderbergh, "Variety"
  3. ^ The Girlfriend Experience, retrieved 2016-12-18 
  4. ^ Comments. "Amy Seimetz Breaks Through". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Amy Seimetz Digitally Premieres Sun Don't Shine Film :: Movies :: News :: Paste". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  6. ^ A Horrible Way to Die review, The New York Times, August 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sundance 2011: Amy Seimetz". 2011-01-23 [11:45 am]. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  8. ^ Review of The Off Hours, The Hollywood Reporter
  9. ^ Sun Don't Shine review at, March 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Time Out Chicago review of Sun Don't Shine Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Indiewire (2016-05-12). "Indiewire review of ''Sun Don't Shine''". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  12. ^ Amy Seimetz Joins The Cast of The Killing, "Indiewire"
  13. ^ Steven Soderbergh State of Cinema Address, "Deadline Hollywood"
  14. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (August 1, 2016). "Starz Renews ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ For Season Two". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Grater, Tom (September 10, 2016). "First look: 'Lean On Pete'". Screen Daily. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (August 18, 2016). "Tali Shalom Ezer Directing Ellen Page and Kate Mara in Romantic Drama ‘Mercy’". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  18. ^ Alien: Covenant | Prologue: Last Supper | 20th Century FOX
  19. ^ * (2013-10-19). "From the Archives: Amy Seimetz". Anthem Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 

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