May 16, 2020
Writer, director, producer, editor, and actor Lynn Shelton died suddenly on Friday, May 15, in Los Angeles.
According to her representative, Shelton passed away from a previously unidentified blood disorder. She was 54.
Shelton was a beloved voice within indie filmmaking whose freewheeling approach to storytelling and comedy resulted in unique, low-budget mumblecore movies like Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, and Sword of Trust, which were largely improvised.
She was born August 27, 1965, in Ohio, and grew up in Seattle.
Early in her career, she struggled to decide between acting and directing, later segued into photography and editing, and after this learning process felt prepared to take on her first feature. As an actor herself, she knew the pressures a cast could face and strove to create safe, supportive sets.
Shelton’s feature directorial debut was 2006’s We Go Way Back, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance.