Magazine article Variety

Shelton Gets over the 'Hump'

Magazine article Variety

Shelton Gets over the 'Hump'

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Before directing an episode of "Mad Men" in 2006, Lynn Shelton was the ultimate indie film outsider. "I had been in the hinterlands making movies," recalls the Seattle-based writer-director. "I never went to film school; I never worked in L.A.; I never worked with a union crew; I never worked on a soundstage. Suddenly, I felt: 'Now I am playing with the grownups.

But the no-budget filmmaker ("We Go Way Back," "My Effortless Brilliance") and mumblecore actress (Joe Swanberg's Web series "Young American Bodies," among others), caught the industry's eye with her third directorial outing, 2009's "Humpday," a comedy about two male friends who set out to prove their hipness by making a gay porno together. The pic won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

Mark Duplass, who stars in "Humpday" and Shelton's follow-up "Your Sister's Sister," says Shelton's love and empathy for her characters is what convinces the thesps who play them to abandon all reserve. "Actors will almost always follow her headlong into the abyss," he says. "I sure as hell do."

Shelton initially worried her transition to television would be difficult. …

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