Surprise-local actress leads cast of ‘psychopaths’ in gritty action flick ‘Split Lip’

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If you go

What: “Split Lip” movie premiere

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21

Where: Valley Art Harkins Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe

By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia

Surprise-native-gone-Hollywood Dorée Seay hits the big screen again next week with the local red-carpet debut of her third feature film.

The local-grown actress stars in “Split Lip,” a dark and gritty action flick written and directed by indie auteur Christopher Sheffield, which premiers 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Valley Art Harkins Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave, Tempe.

Ms. Seay – whose previous indie feature stints include supporting roles in the romantic drama “The View from Here” (2017) and “TangerineLAnd” (2015) – takes the lead this time in “Split Lip,” playing Set, a virtuosic mercenary running for her life in the underground world of contract killers, according to

The film represents the culmination of an eight-year labor of love for director-writer Mr. Sheffield, who first introduced online audiences to the story as a series of shorts presented on YouTube starting in 2011.

Also locally connected, Mr. Sheffield formerly attended the Collins College School for Technology and Design in Phoenix.

Ms. Seay received the Best Actress Award at the 2018 South Georgia Film Festival for her role as Gina in the horror-comedy short film “Cursed World Problems.”

And in 2017, Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times said in her review of “The View from Here”: “Seay is a wonderful and serious screen presence, and there’s a knowing ease in the onscreen connection between she and Garner.”

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