Lynn Shelton also in Sundance


What a day for Lynn!  Congrats!

From the press release, (which was presumably written within the confines of NWFF, since her producer rents an office here):

The Sundance Institute announced today that the world premiere of Humpday, Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s third narrative feature, will play in the U.S. Dramatic Feature competition at the 2009 Sundance film festival. This year’s 16 films in U.S. Dramatic competition were selected from 1,026 submissions. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25, 2009, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Sometimes male bonding can be taken a little too far. When Andrew (Joshua Leonard) unexpectedly shows up on Ben’s (Mark Duplass) doorstep late one night, the two old college friends immediately fall into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. To save Ben from a life of city planning and domestication, Andrew invites Ben to a party at a sexpositive commune. Everyone there plans on making erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival (The Stranger’s Hump!) and Andrew wants in. They run out of booze and ideas, save for one: Andrew should have sex with Ben, on camera. It’s not gay; it’s beyond gay. It’s not porn; it’s an art project.

The next day, they find themselves unable to back down from the dare. And there’s nothing standing in their way – except Ben’s wife Anna (Alicia Delmore), heterosexuality, and certain mechanical questions. Humpday: a bromantic comedy.

Ms. Shelton’s first feature, We Go Way Back, premiered at SLAMDANCE 2006 where it picked up the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. Shelton’s second feature film, My Effortless Brilliance, premiered in competition at SXSW 2008 and won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Direction at Atlanta Film Festival. Shelton was the recipient of 2008 Stranger Genius Award in Filmmaking.

This week, Film Independent announced that Shelton is a nominee for the 2009 Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award. The 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony will air uncut, uncensored, and commercial free on IFC (Independent Film Channel) on Saturday, February 21 at 5 pm EST/PST. An edited re-broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening on AMC. Humpday, her third feature, stars Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) and Seattle actress Alicia Delmore. The film was shot on location in Seattle over 12 days with a Seattle crew, including Cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke, Composer Vinny Smith, and Production Designer Jasminka Vukcevic. The film was Edited by Nat Sanders (Medicine for Melancholy).

Humpday was Produced by Lynn Shelton, Executive Produced by Dave Nakayama and Co-Produced by Jennifer Maas and Steven Schardt, with Associate Producers Sue Corcoran and Ted Speaker. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment is acting as Distribution Advisor for the film.

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One Response to “Lynn Shelton also in Sundance”

  1. Pam Inglesby Says:

    You can share in Lynn’s success by bidding on the coolest item in this year’s Strangercrombie auction: a walk-on role in her next movie! I’m currently the highest bidder but I dare you to outspend me. Foster kids will benefit and you will be famous. Here’s the link:

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