Lynn Shelton

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Lynn Shelton
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BornAugust 2, 1965
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Seal (2011-2019)

Lynn Shelton (born August 2, 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 was born in Ohio but grew up in Seattle.[1] 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, one of them was working aboard a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea.[4]

Film career[edit]

Shelton had wanted to be a director, but was worried that being in her mid-30s, it was too late to begin. When she saw French director Claire Denis speak at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum in 2003, Denis revealed she was 40 when she directed her first feature film, and that revelation made Shelton realize that she still had plenty of time.[5]

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 premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006.

Shelton's film Humpday 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.[6]

Laggies was the first film Shelton directed that had not been written by her as well. The film starred Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz, and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by A24 Films. In 2015, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Director's Branch.

Personal life[edit]

Shelton came out as bisexual in 2012.[7] She was married to actor Kevin Seal until 2019.[8][9] with whom she has a son, Milo Seal [10] She is currently (January 2020) dating comedian, actor, and podcaster Marc Maron.


As director[edit]



  • Mad Men
  • Ben and Kate
    • "The Trip" (2012)
  • New Girl
    • "Injured" (2012)
    • "Pepperwood" (2013)
    • "First Date" (2013)
    • "Mars Landing" (2014)
    • "Dice" (2014)
  • The Mindy Project
    • "I Slipped" (2014)
    • "Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist" (2015)
  • Fresh Off the Boat
    • "Pilot" (2015)
    • "Persistent Romeo" (2015)
    • "Showdown at the Golden Saddle" (2015)
    • "Family Business Trip" (2015)
    • "Shaquille O’Neal Motors" (2015)
    • "The Big 1-2" (2015)
    • "Tight Two" (2016)
  • Master of None
    • "Old People" (2015)
    • "Ladies and Gentleman" (2015)
  • Maron
    • "Step One" (2016)
    • "Marc's Roommate" (2016)
  • Casual
    • "Threesomes" (2016)
    • "The Magpie" (2016)
  • Shameless
    • "Paradise Lost" (2016)
  • Marc Maron: Too Real (2017)
  • Ghosted
    • "Bee-Mo" (2017)
  • Love (TV series)
    • "Marty Dobbs" (2017)
    • "A Day" (2017)
    • "Catalina" (2018)
    • "You're My Gran Torino" (2018)
  • Glow (TV series)
    • "The Liberal Chokehold" (2017)
    • "Viking Funeral" (2018)
    • "Work the Leg" (2018)
    • "Keep Ridin'" (2019)
    • "A Very GLOW Christmas" (2019)
  • A.P. Bio
    • "Drenching Dallas" (2018)
    • "Nun" (2019)
  • Dickinson
    • "Wild nights" (2019)
    • "Alone, I cannot be" (2019)
  • The Morning Show
    • "That Woman" (2019)

As actor[edit]

As film editor[edit]

As producer[edit]



  1. ^ a b Margy Rochlin (May 4, 2012). "Scriptless in Seattle: A Filmmaker's Map". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c "She's a Director Who's Just Another Dude". The New York Times. July 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "We Go Way Back (2005)". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c Annie Wagner. "Lynn Shelton". The Stranger.
  5. ^ Shelton on Denis, Hell Is For Hyphenates, September 30, 2014
  6. ^ "Putting a Bromance to an Erotic Test". The New York Times. July 10, 2009.
  7. ^
  8. ^ ROCHLIN, MARGY. "Scriptless in Seattle: A Filmmaker's Map". Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Fradkin, Lori. "Filmmaker Lynn Shelton: 'There's This Real Deliciousness To Being Able To Do Exactly What You Want To Do'". Huffington Post.
  11. ^ Lynn Shelton, 'Humpday', Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2009.
  12. ^ About The Filmmaker,
  13. ^ Sundance 2009: "Push" and "We Live in Public" Take the Top Prizes
  14. ^

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