Lynn Shelton

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Lynn Shelton
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Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Oberlin, Ohio, US
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer

Lynn Shelton (*1965) is an American director known for writing, directing, and producing such films as Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shelton grew up in Seattle. She describes herself as having been audacious as a young girl, but having lost confidence in her creativity in adolescence.[2] This experience contributed to a theme she explored in her 2005 film We Go Way Back.[3]

After high school, Shelton attended Oberlin College in Ohio and then the University of Washington School of Drama. She then moved to New York and followed the Master's of Fine Arts program in photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Her thesis advisor was Peggy Ahwesh.[4]

She started working in the film industry as a film editor and made a series of experimental short films which have been described as "accomplished" and providing the basis for the "subtle, almost anthropological scrutiny" brought to bear in her later works.[2]

Among the jobs she has held to support her film career, was working aboard a trawler in the Bering Sea.[4]

Film career[edit]

In 2004, Shelton began writing and directing her first feature film, We Go Way Back. Described as "polished" and "impressionistic", the film depicts a 23-year-old actress, Kate, confronted by her 13-year-old self. The dialog between the older and younger Kates begins in memory, and then climaxes in an apparitional experience with the specter of her own, repressed, precocious youth.[2] We Go Way Back is owned by Geisha Years, LLC, and is currently seeking distribution.

Shelton's film Humpday was premiered at Sundance, was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, and has been shown at Cannes, SIFF, South by Southwest and other film festivals. It opened in theaters in New York and Seattle on July 10, 2009.[5]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

As actor[edit]

As film editor[edit]

As producer[edit]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Shelton came out as bisexual in 2012.[10] She is married to a man.[11]

During a live recording of his song "Sleepwalkin'", singer Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) stated that the song is based on an imagined romance with Shelton based purely on a photo of her he saw once.

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