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Washington Receives Accolades as Major City to be Movie-Maker

This month MovieMaker Magazine named Seattle #4 on their “2012 Top Ten Cities to be a Movie Maker.”  The list is based on criteria including tax incentives, local and experienced cast and crew, and production support.  Seattle writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) commends the local film community which she believes “is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies.”  The Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program and Seattle’s streamlined, customer service-based, production-friendly, film permit process were cited as reasons for placing Seattle at #4.

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Seattleites not only hold the title of #1 moviegoers in the country, they also live a burgeoning mecca of creativity and filmmaking. In the past year, Sundance film festival hosted four films shot in Washington State.  Filmmaking talent in Seattle has filled the big screen (and big festivals), such as Lynn Shelton with Humpday and her more recently released Your Sister’s Sister, and Megan Griffiths with The Off Hours—now available on-demand after its Sundance. This article discusses the conventional commercial viability and availability and where the thoughtful and intimate The Off Hours fits in that paradigm.

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November 28, 2011, 9:46 am
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Local writer/director Lynn Shelton (You’re Sister’s Sister, Humpday, $5 Cover Seattle), will be at Northwest Film Forum tonight (November 28), presenting clips from her previous works and discussing her creative process. During this free conversation, Shelton will discuss her most recent film, Your Sister’s Sister, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled for theatrical debut next year.

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Tribeca Film Festival
Filmed in LA, but shot with distinct Seattle style and backed by Humpday production team Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Maas and Steven Schardt, Treatment directed by Sean Nelson and Steven Schardt, will premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Selected out of 5,624 other entries in a record year for submissions, the film will be in the international independent “Viewpoints” category. Viewpoints is new to Tribeca and offers 11 narrative features and nine documentaries as a snapshot of international independent cinema. These 20 films will immerse audiences in distinctive perspectives, from documentaries grounded in the intimate stories of real-life characters to narratives that stretch the stylistic potential of the medium. Schardt recently produced the MTV webseries $5 Cover: Seattle, Joshua Leonard who plays the main character Leonard was a comedic sensation in Lynn Shelton’s Humpday. The plot of Treatment revolves around Leornard who convinces his best friend Nelson to bankroll his stint at a glitzy L.A. rehab clinic so he can pitch a movie idea to mega-star Gregg D, his blind ambition begins to consume him. The film is a witty, ridiculous, and sincere tale of co-dependent friendship on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Treatment will have its world premiere at the festival; check the link above for more info on the Seattle infused film and all the other Tribeca selections.

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September 28, 2010, 11:59 am
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Seattle Times
Yesterday we told you that Lynn Shelton (Humpday) directed last week’s “Mad Men.” Today, you can read an interview with Shelton discussing the show’s directing and writing process, how she got the gig and her excitement about getting to direct one of her favorite shows. Executive Producer Scott Hornbacher approached her after seeing Humpday, and “by summer Shelton was on the ‘Mad Men’ L.A. set, soaking up the 1960s atmosphere. Because she hadn’t worked in TV before, she spent extra time on the set before beginning work on her episode, shadowing veteran ‘Mad Men’ director Phil Abraham.” Remembers Shelton, “I was such a super fan of the show, I was beside myself.” Follow the link above to read the full interview or go here to read The Stranger’s interview.

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March 8, 2010, 3:02 pm
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The Stranger
Congratulations to Lynn Shelton and the cast of Humpday, which won the John Cassavetes Award—given to the best feature film made for under $500,000—at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday.

February 1, 2010, 1:16 pm
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The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times chronicles local filmmaker, Lynn Shelton’s pas year of great success from the critically acclaimed “Humpday” to her new MTV web-series “$5 cover: Seattle.” In the article Shelton talks about how much this past year has changed her life saying, “… Some moments have been surreal. Getting a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. Opening the Sunday New York Times and finding a prominent profile of myself.” Now, she’s working on several projects that are in the early stages, developing scripts. And she is especially happy about the idea that her success means she can give more work to others in the Seattle film community. To read the full article, follow the above link.