Beloved Indie Filmmaker Lynn Shelton Dies at Age 54
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2020
Other movies included Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt, Touchy Feely starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Laggies starring Keira Knightley, and Outside In starring Edie Falco. She was at one time approached by Marvel Studios to possibly direct Black Widow, but turned the offer down. Shelton also acted in several movies for herself and others, such as Colin Trevorrow’s breakout hit Safety Not Guaranteed.
It is with great sadness that ComingSoon.net (via Deadline) must report the premature death of filmmaker and indie darling Lynn Shelton at age 54 from a rare blood disease.
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Her most high-profile television directing credits include episodes of Mad Men, The Mindy Project, Master of None, Shameless, The Morning Show, and most recently four episodes of Little Fires Everywhere.
Devastating news. I was fortunate enough to play with a role in a Lynn Shelton film & she handled her cast & crew like a family. I learned from watching her about directing. The kindness with which she treated people. The area she left for spontaneity. We have lost a great one. https://t.co/vzMwhL0yic
In addition to her unique and original movies, Lynn Shelton led one of my favorite episodes of Mad Men: https://t.co/gwD3DLWpoV pic.twitter.com/HhcYQO0pFm
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 16, 2020
Rest Lynn Shelton. Damn. A singular talent and a very wonderful person. This is awful and so, so sad.
“I have some awful news,” Maron said in a statement. “Lynn passed away last night. After having been ill for a 11, she collapsed yesterday. There was a previously unknown illness. It was not COVID-19. The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard. I loved her very much as I know many of you did. It’s devastating. I heartbroken and in shock am leveled and do not really know how to proceed in this instant. I needed you to know. I don’t know some of you personally. I’m just trying to let. She was a kind, loving artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were starting a life together. I truly can’t believe what is currently happening. This is a dreadful, sad loss.”
Lynn Shelton changed my life when she handed me the Directing Award at Sundance. My name was declared by her . Handed it to me. Rooted for me after. I can’t believe I’m typing this. Rest In Peace, Beauty. Thank you for your movies. pic.twitter.com/KySqgIdqQd
When suddenly, something shifted, A couple of years back I was doing karaoke with a group of people in Seattle. I thought: did they turn on the lights? Is it someone’s birthday? No was that Lynn Shelton had walked into the room
We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. We left so many things. I wish we had made more. Her boundless energy and spirit were unrivaled. She left me better. We butted heads, made up, laughed, pushed each other. Like family. What a loss. pic.twitter.com/LcowmbGqum
Shelton was a collaborator with comedian Marc Maron, with whom she was in a relationship at the time of her death. Both were on a dramatic screenplay, and she had previously directed him episodes of Maron and GLOW, the standup special Marc Maron: Too Real, and her final feature film Sword of Trust, for that we interviewed Maron in 2019.
I am shocked at the departure of Lynn Shelton. She was a friend, a kind heart, so talented & only just getting started, despite her work so far. She’s left us too soon. I can’t believe I will never hear her laugh again.
She started her career as an editor before committing to directing with the low budget indie We Go Way Back, which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. She broke out with her 2008 comedy Humpday, starring Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard as two straight friends who decide to have filmed homosexual sex on a dare, which earned a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and was later given a French-language remake titled Do Not Disturb.
Lynn Shelton was one of those terrific advisors. I am so sad and in shock to hear the news of her death. Her work and her mentorship profoundly affected to me. Love to loved ones and her friends. Lynn, RIP.
— Karina Longworth (@KarinaLongworth) May 16, 2020