Posts Tagged ‘Lynn Shelton’

The “Backstory” Goes “Way Back”

March 11, 2011

Look! There's the Film Forum 16mm editing bed

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


A little Lynn Shelton heresay

October 11, 2010


In an apparent bid to pick up all ten available Oscar nominations in 2012, Weisz will star alongside Emily Blunt (who’s almost as busy, with “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” currently filming, and recently signing on to Rian Johnson’s “Looper”) in an untitled new film from director Lynn Shelton, who was behind last year’s Sundance hit “Humpday.” The film will revolve around a pair of sisters, played by Blunt and Weisz, and like Shelton’s earlier film, will be semi-improvised.

Congrats Yet Again To Lynn Shelton

December 2, 2009

This time for being nominated for the Independent Spirit’s John Cassavetes Award.

Will she make it two in a row?

Lynn Shelton, Exiles on DVD

November 22, 2009

Critic Sean Axmaker reminds us that this week three DVDs of note were released: Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, Lynn Shelton’s My Effortless Brilliance, and The Exiles, with both Sean and Sherman Alexie on the commentary.

Says Sean:

The Seattle independent film scene may not exactly be the buzz of the festival circuit but it is making itself heard. This week, it echoed through the DVD new release rack, thanks to the simultaneous release of Lynn Shelton’s two recent films. But on a more personal (and much more self-serving) note, another Seattle fixture made his DVD debut this week: ME. Yes, I made my long-awaited (at least by me) DVD commentary debut on the Milestone’s superb two-disc edition of Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles, a forgotten landmark of genuine American independent filmmaking at its most personal and authentic. All kidding aside, this is a remarkable film and a tremendous DVD release, and only my modest participation in the project prevented me from putting it on my upcoming “Best of 2009 DVD” list. More later. First, let me celebrate the home video invasion of Seattle director (and my friend) Lynn Shelton.

Read his whole review/preview here>

Play It Gay

July 8, 2009

Before you get you gay cinema on this weekend at screenings of Lynn Shelton‘s HUMPDAY in which Josh Leonard and Mark Duplass play it gay, or at BRUNO where Sacha Baron Cohen also plays it gay, check out our screening of the little known 1969 gem, GAY DECEIVERS.  With the Vietnam war raging, Danny (Kevin Coughlin) and Elliot (Larry Casey) hit upon a sure-fire way to elude the draft board… that’s right play it gay, something which astonishingly would still work in the military some 40 years later!

Danny is about to attend law school (one would think that a student deferment would be easier and less time-consuming than a full-time gay act) and Elliot is embarking on a lifetime of seducing women as a lifeguard (no deferments for that) so Vietnam would really cramp their plans. Complications escalate as a draft board Colonel (Jack Starrett) doesn’t buy their story, so the two friends have to live as a gay couple full-time while fending off the advances of their landlord Malcolm (Michael Greer) and keeping one step ahead of the ever-present Colonel.

Check the film out tonight or tomorrow at 8pm here.

Come out for HUMPDAY

July 8, 2009

This just in from Team Humpday:

The day has come at last…HUMPDAY, (aka “The Little Film That Could”) is opening theatrically this coming Friday July 10th!

Its theatrical run starts in two cities on that date: NYC (at the Angelika Film Center) and in SEATTLE (at the Harvard Exit) and will roll out to OTHER CITIES in the weeks following (for a complete list, please refer to the HUMPDAY website under the “Theatres” tab.)

The number of butts we can get into seats THIS WEEKEND will determine the scope of this small, lovingly hand-made film’s eventual release into the wider world.

Please help us by spreading the word to all of your friends, acquaintances and cohorts on the two coasts…consider creating viewing parties with several of your buds! (ANY screening this opening weekend will go towards the all important “per screening” count…matinees, evenings..whenever is most convenient for you..)

Much love and gratitude,
The Merry Humpsters

PS. REMEMBER: ANY TIME THIS WEEKEND will help us towards our goal of upping the “per screening” count…you DON’T HAVE TO MAKE IT to the opening screening at 7pm Friday night…you could come any time FRIDAY, SATURDAY or SUNDAY! Thanks again for the love…xoxo


April 24, 2009

Congrats to Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton and her crew who are off to Cannes. Her latest HUMPDAY screens in the prestigious Director’s Fortnight, whose inaugural year we’re celebrating in our 69 series.

Shelton shares the line-up with Francis Ford Coppola who notoriously turned down Cannes’ non-competition slot, but now his latest TETRO will open the program. According to the fortnight’s director Olivier Pere, “After Coppola announced that he wouldn’t show ‘Tetro’ out of competition, we asked to screen it for the Quinzaine. We loved it! And our enthusiasm convinced Coppola that an opening Fortnight slot would be the ideal place to debut his film.”

A few years back Seattle filmmaker Rob Devor’s ZOO also took a bow in the Fortnight.

Here’s a complete list of the this year’s Fortnight lineup.

“La Pivellina,” Austria, Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
“The Alasness of Things,” Belgium-Netherlands, Felix van Groeningen
“Eastern Plays,” Bulgaria-Sweden, Kamen Kalev
“Carcasses,” Canada, Denis Cote
“J’ai tue ma mere,” Canada, Xavier Dolan
“Polytechnique,” Canada, Denis Villeneuve
“Navidad,” Chile, Sebastian Lelio
“Oxhide II,” China, Liu Jia Yin
“La famille Wolberg,” France-Belgium, Axelle Ropert
“Land of Madness,” France, Luc Moullet
“Le roi de l’evasion,” France, Alain Guiraudie
“Les beaux gosses,” France, Riad Sattouf
“Yuki & Nina,” France-Japan, Nobuhiro Suwa, Hippolyte Girardot
“Ajami,” Israel-Germany, Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani (closer) “Daniel & Ana,” Mexico-Spain, Michel Franco
“Karaoke,” Malaysia, Chan Fui (Chris) Chong
“Ne change rien,” Portugal-France, Pedro Costa
“Here,” Singapore-Canada, Tzu-Nyen Ho
“Like You Know It All,” South Korea, Hong Sang-soo
“Amreeka,” U.S., Cherien Dabis
“Go Get Some Rosemary,” U.S.-France, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
“Humpday,” U.S., Lynn Shelton
“I Love You Phillip Morris,” U.S.-France, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
“Tetro,” Argentina-Spain-Italy, Francis Ford Coppola (opener)

“Montparnasse,” France, Mikhael Hers

“Cicada,” Australia, Amiel Courtin-Wilson
“Jagdfieber,” Belgium, Alessandro Comodin
“Superbarroco,” Brazil, Renata Pinheiro
“Anna,” Denmark, Runar Runarsson
“Nice,” France, Maud Alpi
“The Fugitives,” France, Guillaume Leiter
“Thermidor,” France, Virgil Vernier
“The History of Aviation,” Hungry, Balint Kenyeres
“Song of Love and Health,” Portugal-France, Joao Nicolau
“Dust Kid,” South Korea, Jung Yu-mi
“The Attack of the Robots from Nebuma-5,” Spain, Chema Garcia Ibarra
“Drommar Fran Skogen,” Sweden, Johannes Nyholm
“American Minor,” U.S., Charlie White
“John Wayne Hated Horses,” U.S., Andrew Betzer

Joe Swanberg’s One Shot

March 12, 2009

On the eve of the SXSW premiere of Joe Swanberg‘s latest film ALEXANDER THE LAST, we thought it would be a good time to roll out Swanberg’s one shot film, shot while he was attending our Local Sightings Film Festival as a juror. Local cinematographer extraordinaire Ben Kasulke (HUMPDAY, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE) does the honors on camera. And that’s Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY) on sign language in the background.

View our previous one-shots by Andrew Bujalski and Aaron Katz here. Buy Todd Rohal’s THE GUATEMALAN HANDHAKE 2 disc special DVD to see another starring Linas Phillips and a chicken named Star Wars.

Lynn Shelton wins Independent Spirit Award

February 21, 2009


Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back, My Effortless Brilliance, Humpday, etc.) just won an Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature
The Wrestler
Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Best Director
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor

Best First Feature
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel

John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Writer/Director: Alex Holdridge
Producers: Seth Caplan and Scoot McNairy

Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Female Lead
Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Female
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male
James Franco, Milk

Best Cinematography
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best Documentary
Man on Wire
Director: James Marsh

Best Foreign Film
The Class (France)
Director: Laurent Cantet

Robert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams

Someone to Watch Award
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Truer Than Fiction Award
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths

Producers Award
Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid

Independent Spirit Award

February 19, 2009

This weekend the awards program to be excited about isn’t the Oscars, its Film Independent’s Independent Spirit Awards. Why you might ask? Well it just so happens that our very own Lynn Shelton is up for the Acura Someone To Watch Award. Coincidentally so is Barry Jenkins director of MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, who will also be at Northwest Film forum on Monday to present this film, which opens tomorrow in our cinemas. Jenkins is also nominated for Best First Feature. MEDICINE’s Director of Photography James Laxton is  nominated for Best Cinematography. Among his competiton is Lol Crawley with BALLAST, also opening tomorrow in our cinemas.

BALLAST has its fair share of nominations with nods to twelve-year-old JimMyron Ross for Best Supporting Actor, Tarra Riggs for Best Female Lead, Lance Hammer for both Best First Screenplay and Best director. And the film is nominated for Best Feature.

The Best Foreign Film category features two upcoming screenings at Northwest Film Forum, Carlos ReygadasSILENT LIGHT (arguably the best film of a generation), and Steve McQueen‘s HUNGER.

Needless to say, there’s a lot we’re rooting for. Good luck to everyone!