In Memoriam: Lynn Shelton

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 12: Director Lynn Shelton attends the Build Series to discuss “Sword of Trust” at Build Studio on July 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Lynn Shelton, two-time Emmy-nominated actress, and acclaimed director passed away on May 16, 2020, at the age of 54.

Shelton lived in NYC in her 20s and got her start writing and directing indie films, beginning with 2006’s We Go Way Back. She received attention for Humpday, which was a winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Gijon International Film Festival. Her other films include Touchy Feely (2013), Sword of Trust (2019), and Laggies (2014), the only film she directed but didn’t write. As she worked on indie films, Shelton initially got into TV directing to help pay the bills, later discovering she liked the different medium. She directed episodes of TV shows including Mad Men, New GirlThe Mindy Project, Master of None, and GLOW. Her most recent project was directing four episodes of the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Source:

View the Lynn Shelton Tribute Video by American Cinematheque about the retrospective conversation on Lynn Shelton’s television career.

“What I would say to women who want to be in the industry is there’s never been a better time to become a filmmaker the means to making films are at basically everybody’s fingertips it’s an amazing amazing time to be starting out in the industry.” -Lynn Shelton 

Lynn talks about filmmaking in Seattle, premiering at Sundance, and the opportunities for women filmmakers in the indie film scene vs in Hollywood.