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The writer, director, producer, actor, and editor passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 15 in Los Angeles. Writer, director, producer, actor, and editor Lynn Shelton passed away on Friday, May 15 at the age of 54 in Los Angeles due to a previously unidentified blood disorder. Shelton was among the leading voices of American independent film, working on all sides of the camera in such films as "Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister," "Outside In," and "Sword of Trust." She was also a prolific television director on television series such as "Mad Men," "GLOW," and "Little Fires Everywhere." IndieWire recently interviewed Shelton, along with her creative and romantic partner Marc Maron, about her upcoming projects. She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week," Marc Maron said in a statement. "I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well.
I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don't really know how to move forward in this moment. I needed you all to know. I don't know some of you. I'm just trying to let the people who were important to her know. Related The Indie Film Community Remembers Lynn Shelton, a Pioneer Gone Too Soon Fred Willard Dies: Comedy Icon of Christopher Guest's 'Best in Show' and 'A Mighty Wind' Was 86 Related 'Bridgerton': Everything You Need to Know About Shonda Rhimes' First Netflix Show I made her laugh all the time.
She then moved to New York and followed the Master's of Fine Arts program in photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Lynn Shelton is survived by her son Milo Seal, her husband of many years Kevin Seal, her parents Wendy and Alan Roedell, and David "Mac" Shelton and Frauke Rynd. She is also survived by her brothers David Shelton, Robert Rynd and sister Tanya Rynd, as well as Maron, with whom she spent the last year of her life. We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. What a deep loss. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Lynn Shelton, an indie filmmaker who helped popularize the mumblecore genre with works such as "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," died Friday of a blood disorder. Shelton was best known for her naturalistic, understated approach to comedy and drama in low-budget films that were hits with the Sundance crowd, but she reached a wider audience with her work on television, helming episodes of "The Mindy Project," "Mad Men," "Glow," and "Fresh Off the Boat." Recently, Shelton directed four episodes of the Hulu series "Little Fires Everywhere," an adaptation of Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller that starred Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Shelton began her career as an editor, later moving on to make experimental short films. She made her feature debut as a director with 2006's "We Go Way Back," the story of a 23-year old actress who is haunted by the specter of her thirteen-year-old self. It won awards at Slamdance, but was it was little seen for several years, gaining wider release after Shelton had become more established. The film was a buzzy breakout when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, winning a "Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence" and a distribution deal from Magnolia Pictures. Hollywood came calling, but Shelton largely steered clear of big movies, preferring to make quirkier, free-wheeling fare, though she was approached at one point about directing "Black Widow". "It's very easy to have creative freedom when you're making movies for a very small amount of money," Shelton told Variety in a 2014 interview. Her improvisatory style arose at a time when other filmmakers such as Joe Swanberg and the Duplass brothers were making similar fare, and helped shape the DIY style of indie movies in the aughts. Shelton's other work included "Your Sister's Sister," a dramedy about an unusual love triangle between a grieving man, his best friend, and her lesbian sister, and "Sword of Trust," a comedy about two sisters working to sell a family heirloom. Shelton wrote the screenplays for all of her films except for "Laggies," an arrested development comedy that starred Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell. "I self-generated my work, and I never went around asking permission to make it," Shelton told the Los Angeles Times in 2014. "The main reason women make inroads in independent film is that no one has to say, 'I pick you.' I'm not pounding on anybody's door. I'm just making my own way. It's insane how easy it is to make a movie. Shelton was born in Oberlin, Ohio and grew up in Seattle. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and then the University of Washington School of Drama, before moving to New York to enroll in the Master's of Fine Arts program in photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Shelton was married to the actor Kevin Seal from 2011 to 2019. Shelton was in a relationship with comedian Marc Maron at the time of her death. Shelton is also survived by her parents Wendy & Alan Roedell and David "Mac" Shelton & Frauke Rynd. She is also survived by her brothers David Shelton, Robert Rynd and sister Tanya Rynd. Lynn Shelton, a director, writer and producer known for her work on Humpday and more recently the miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, died Friday in Los Angeles from complications of a previously unidentified blood disorder, a rep for Shelton told Deadline. The Hollywood veteran was a leading voice of the new American independent cinema movement of the 2000s, employing her signature style to award-winning films, including Your Sister's Sister (2011), Outside In (2017) and last year's Sword of Trust, which starred Marc Maron as a pawnshop owner who obtains a sword that may prove the South actually won the Civil War. Shelton had a role in the film as Maron's ex-girlfriend Deirdre. She was collaborating with Maron on a script for an upcoming film. Shelton was in a relationship with comedian Maron at the time of her death. Related Story Lynn Shelton Remembered By Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Ava DuVernay (L-R) Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass, and Lynn Shelton attend "Your Sister's Sister" premiere. Her television directing credits included Mad Men, Glow, The Morning Show, Fresh Off the Boat, and as previously mentioned, Little Fires Everywhere, from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, Kerry Washington's Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, which premiered on Hulu in March. Shelton was born August 27, 1965 in Oberlin, Ohio and grew up in Seattle. After high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of Washington School of Drama. She moved to New York and pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She didn't begin making films until her mid-30s. After hearing French director Claire Denis speak at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum in 2003, and revealing she was 40 when she directed her first feature film, Shelton realized she still had plenty of time. (L-R) Lynn Shelton, Alycia Delmore, Joshua Leonard accept the John Cassavetes Award for "Humpday" at the Independent Spirit Awards. She would write and direct eight feature films over 14 years, including We Go Way Back, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006, and My Effortless Brilliance, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008 and led to Shelton winning the Independent Spirit "Someone to Watch" Award. Next would come the career-defining Humpday, which premiered in 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore and Shelton's frequent collaborator, Mark Duplass, the film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for distribution and became a cultural touchstone for its depiction of male sexuality thru a female lens. The romantic drama received the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2010. Shelton is survived by her son Milo Seal, her husband Kevin Seal, her parents Wendy & Alan Roedell and David "Mac" Shelton & Frauke Rynd. She is also survived by her brothers David Shelton, Robert Rynd and sister Tanya Rynd, as well as Marc Maron, with whom she spent the last year of her life.