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How filmmaking friends Amy Seimetz and Kris Rey protected their movies during the pandemic

Amy Seimetz with fellow filmmaker Kris Rey (on phone) who is a close friend. Their new movies, Seimetz's "She Dies Tomorrow" and Rey's "I Used To Go Here," are being released on digital platforms on the same day. <span class="copyright">(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Amy Seimetz with fellow filmmaker Kris Rey (on phone) who is a close friend. Their new movies, Seimetz’s “She Dies Tomorrow” and Rey’s “I Used To Go Here,” are being released on digital platforms on the same day. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

It’s always nice when friends go through things at the same time. So it seemed when Amy Seimetz’s “She Dies Tomorrow” and Kris Rey’s “I Used to Go Here” were each scheduled to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March. Then the event was canceled and both filmmakers found themselves in post-COVID limbo. Now their films are, coincidentally, getting VOD releases on Friday from separate distributors.

Seimetz and Rey re longtime figures in the independent film scene and festival circuit. Already established as an actress and producer, Seimetz directed her first feature, “Sun Don’t Shine,” in 2012 and went on to write, direct and

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