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LA's Indie Film Community Mourns Loss Of Director Lynn Shelton Today

Lynn Shelton attends "Sword of Trust" Marc Maron & Lynn Shelton in Conversation with Sam Lipsyte at 92nd Street Y on July 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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The Hollywood community took to social media today to mourn the death of indie film and television director Lynn Shelton, who passed away yesterday from a blood disorder. She was 54 years old.

Shelton's film, “Humpday," starring Marc Duplass, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She went on to write and direct several more indie hits, including "Your Sister's Sister," "Outside In" and, most recently, "Sword of Trust."

In recent years she directed for prominent TV series including “Mad Men," "The Mindy Project," “Glow" and “Little Fires Everywhere."

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Shelton was outspoken about making films on shoestring budgets, without asking for permission from Hollywood gatekeepers.

“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."

At the time of her death, she was in a relationship with comedian Marc Maron, who starred in "Sword of Trust." She directed his recent stand-up special, appropriately titled "End Times Fun," for Netflix.

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Shelton appeared last year on KPCC's The Frame. You can listen to the full epsiode here.


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