Indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton has died at 54 from a blood disorder. The Ohio-born, Seattle-raised writer started making films at 39, and broke out in 2006 with coming of age film We Go Way Back, which won accolades at Slam Dance. Also an actor, producer and editor, Shelton gained attention with My Effortless Brilliance (2008) and Humpday (2009), which starred Mark Duplass, who became her regular collaborator.
Film festival hits like Your Sister's Sister (2011), Touchy Feely (2013) and A24's Laggies (2014), in which she directed the likes of Emily Bunt, Allison Janney, Ellen Page, Keira Knightly and Chloë Grace Moretz, made her an indie staple. She later added Outside In (2017), starring Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwarz and Jay Duplass to her resumé and moved into mainstream TV, directing episodes of The Good Place, GLOW, Mad Men, New Girl and most recently, Little Fires Everywhere.
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Shelton's partner, the comedian and podcast host Marc Maron (she directed his Netflix Special End Times Fun), honored her on a new episode of WTF with Marc Maron, re-airing a 2015 interview with the director. "She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy," he wrote in a statement to IndieWire. "She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy. I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can't believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss."
Shelton is being remembered online by her friends and peers in Hollywood, including Mark Duplass, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Ellen Page, Ava DuVernay, Lorene Scafaria and more.
Lynn Shelton. You walked into my life and immediately changed me for the better. What an inspiration!!!! Your visio… https://t.co/KDoQ3TzsgU— kerry washington (@kerry washington)1589678158.0
I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday. I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented… https://t.co/LceJZy3x8i— Reese Witherspoon (@Reese Witherspoon)1589673117.0
I loved Lynn Shelton's work so much. All her characters are so real and nuanced, and funny, and I wanted to work wi… https://t.co/SOdHFWyyxr— Abbi Jacobson (@Abbi Jacobson)1589656506.0
I had the great pleasure of working with Lynn Shelton on Touchy Feely. She was an actors director extraordinaire. I… https://t.co/CA6Dm2Nqrl— Allison Janney (@Allison Janney)1589663991.0
Lynn Shelton, I am forever grateful for the little time we spent together. You lit up the set of Dickinson the seco… https://t.co/vprPuxeR9E— Hailee Steinfeld (@Hailee Steinfeld)1589663930.0
We lost our dear friend Lynn Shelton. We made so many things together. I wish we had made more. Her boundless creat… https://t.co/ewoSOsK8DD— Mark Duplass (@Mark Duplass)1589656111.0
An incredible director and friend. So warm, kind, honest and supportive. Lynn Shelton was always bursting with joy.… https://t.co/qZ3Innjz2B— Ben Schwartz (@Ben Schwartz)1589675695.0
What a devastating loss. What an incredible person, nothing but absolute kindness. I feel deeply grateful that I go… https://t.co/gFaiXUlER5— Ellen Page (@Ellen Page)1589671020.0
I am truly shocked at the passing of Lynn Shelton. She was a friend, a kind heart, so talented & only just getting… https://t.co/o6HkQOkw7T— edgarwright (@edgarwright)1589659570.0
Lynn Shelton loved actors and we loved her back. She was a dream on set. Her lovely, sunny energy was infectious an… https://t.co/lsVQqoopPS— Mindy Kaling (@Mindy Kaling)1589658991.0
God, I adored this woman. That won’t change ever. Blessings to her and her family and loved ones now. https://t.co/9aTVyo8S0c— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1589658464.0
Devastating news. I was lucky enough to play a small role in a Lynn Shelton film & she treated her cast & crew like… https://t.co/6g2zeLIVrC— Mike Birbiglia (@Mike Birbiglia)1589656411.0
She was one of our directors on The Good Place and a bloody joy to work with. Talented, sharp and funny. I can’t im… https://t.co/5PdureOMbH— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1589694057.0
Lynn Shelton was a force. So good, so smart, and so brave. And really kind. Sending my heart to her family and friends. 💔— olivia wilde (@olivia wilde)1589663954.0
Lynn Shelton was such an inspiration as a filmmaker and as a person. I finally got to work with her when she direc… https://t.co/rQFopIB7C4— Judd Apatow (@Judd Apatow)1589671069.0
Lynn Shelton's passing is deeply sad and terribly unfair. She was a great filmmaker and an incredibly kind person.… https://t.co/6WiWtriNT8— Emmy Rossum (@Emmy Rossum)1589670038.0
RIP Lynn Shelton. I only knew her a bit and I never worked with her but every single person who did talks about how… https://t.co/UfUdm1SSa8— nick kroll (@nick kroll)1589671753.0
What a loss for cinema. Lynn Shelton was a hero of mine. All my love to her family and friends. https://t.co/HxoRJbmDev— Lorene Scafaria (@Lorene Scafaria)1589664276.0
2020 continues with these devastating news. Sending hugs to all those who worked with the one and only Lynn Shelton… https://t.co/oz9vjClwxy— Alma Har'el🌪 עלמה (@Alma Har'el🌪 עלמה)1589660483.0
Lynn thank you for being so hilarious and welcoming and kind. Those few days on “Dickinson” were amazing and there… https://t.co/R8tnq2lSHy— John Mulaney (@John Mulaney)1589727208.0
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