Lynn Shelton

County: King County



Paul Goode Ireland Residency 2005
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Lynn Shelton got her start as an experimental and documentary filmmaker before writing and directing her first feature-length film, We Go Way Back, which surprised everyone (herself included) by winning the Grand Jury Award at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. Her second feature film, My Effortless Brilliance, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival. Humpday, her third feature, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has been distributed internationally by Magnolia Pictures.

In 2008 she received a Seattle Magazine Spotlight Award, and in 2009 the magazine flattered her as one of the Most Influential People of the Year. In 2009 she was also featured on the front page of The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure section. In 2010, she was honored with the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, and wrapped the MTV series, $5 cover, showcasing Seattle’s hottest up-and-coming bands. Most recently, her film Your Sister’s Sister won Best Ensemble Performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (2012).