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Ava DuVernay: "Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance in 2012.

Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed Humpday and Little Fires Everywhere, has died aged 54. Her publicist Adam Kersh said she died on Friday in Los Angeles from an unidentified blood disorder. Shelton had become the leading voice of the new American independent cinema movement. She caused waves with her low-budget films, then made splashes through her work on television including Mad Men, Fresh Off The Boat, The Mindy Project and GLOW. Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance in 2012.

pic.twitter.com/KySqgIdqQd — Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 16, 2020 She directed four episodes of the miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Actor Mark Duplass was a frequent collaborator with Shelton and starred in her 2009 film Humpday, which was a depiction of male sexuality through a female lens. The actor said he had lost a "dear friend" and admired her creativity. He wrote on Twitter: "We made so many things together. "Her boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivalled.

Shelton began her filmmaking career in her mid-30s after initially being an aspiring actor and photographer. We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. We made so many things together. I wish we had made more. Her boundless creative energy and infectious spirit were unrivaled. She made me better. We butted heads, made up, laughed, pushed each other. Like family. What a deep loss. pic.twitter.com/LcowmbGqum — Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) May 16, 2020 She went on to write and direct eight feature films in 14 years. Advertising The statement from her publicist said she had an "infectious laugh, was full of life and had an esprit de corps that touched many". Director Ava DuVernay said Shelton changed her life after handing her an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. "She announced my name with pride," said DuVernay, who posted a photo on Twitter that included both filmmakers. "Handed it to me with love. A host of stars are today paying tribute to director Lynn Shelton following the news of her death. Shelton, who worked on TV series including Mad Men and The Morning Show, died on Friday aged 54. Her publicist cited a previously unknown blood disorder as the cause of death. The director was known for her indie films, including Humpday and My Effortless Brilliance. She directed the likes of Emily Blunt in Your Sister's Sister and more recently worked with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington on television miniseries Little Fires Everywhere. Witherspoon took to social media on Saturday to express her sadness at the news. Sharing a photo on Instagram, the actress wrote: "I'm in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us." Washington also posted an image from the set of the show alongside a caption paying homage to Shelton's "enthusiasm for life" and "fiercely independent spirit." See more reactions to Shelton's death below. Ava DuVernay: "Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance in 2012. She announced my name with pride. Handed it to me with love. Rooted for me long after. I can't believe I'm typing this. Rest In Peace, Beauty. Thank you for your films. Mindy Kaling: "Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set. Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious and actors always drifted to video village between takes to be around her. She had such a quiet power and I will miss her. Rest In Peace, Lynn. Love you." Hailee Steinfeld: "Lynn Shelton, I am forever grateful for the little time we spent together. You lit up the set of Dickinson the second you arrived. Thank you for your unbelievable energy. You will be deeply missed." Olivia Wilde: "Lynn Shelton was a force. So good, so smart, and so brave. And really kind. Sending my heart to her family and friends." Ellen Page: "What a devastating loss. What an incredible person, nothing but absolute kindness. I feel deeply grateful that I got to work with her. Sending love to Lynn Shelton's family." This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Emmy Rossum: "Lynn Shelton's passing is deeply sad and terribly unfair. She was a great filmmaker and an incredibly kind person. She shared her homemade granola with me on set. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was a lovely, lovely human. She will be so missed." This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io