The “Backstory” Goes “Way Back”


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UWTV has a new show, “Backstory,” and it’s kicking off Saturday night with an episode about the lovely Lynn Shelton, including a screening of her first feature We Go Way Back in its entirety.  “Backstory” sounds like a local “Independent Lens” for filmmakers, with possibly more process/behind-the-scenes than social activism.

Here’s more:

Take a look behind the lens with Backstory: The Filmmaker’s Vision, produced by UWTV in collaboration with the Seattle International Film Festival.

Each week, host Andrew Tsao, Associate Professor at the UW School of Drama (and director himself), interviews filmmakers to get the real story behind their work and the filmmaking process. Then watch the film on UWTV, uncut and uninterrupted.

“We Go Way Back” – Lynn Shelton, director, writer
Saturday, March 12, 2011

On her 23rd birthday, Kate opens a letter that she wrote as a precocious adolescent to her imaginary grown-up self.  The letter asks, “Are you happy?”  Obviously not.  Kate moves in a dreamlike state, passive and indifferent as Jiffy muffins burn and various men take advantage of her. Throughout, we hear 13-year-old Kate’s voice echo in adult Kate’s thoughts. Eventually, the young Kate character makes an appearance, leading to a moving confrontation.

Awards: Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography – 2006 Slamdance International Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature – 2006 Slamdance International Film Festival

We Go Way Back – Official Site

About Lynn Shelton: Lynn Shelton grew up in Seattle, studying acting, painting, poetry and photography in her formative years. After a decade spent acting for the stage, she attended the MFA program in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She then spent a decade learning the ins and outs of cinema as an experimental and documentary filmmaker before writing and directing her first feature-length film, We Go Way Back. Shelton’s most recent film, Humpday, premiered at Sundance, was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, and has shown at Cannes, SIFF, South by Southwest and other film festivals.


Future episodes will feature Rustin Thompson, Steve Edmiston, Sandy Cioffi and Nick Terry…as well as glimpses of the Northwest Film Forum editing suite!

Read more and watch a preview of Saturday’s show here


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