• Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54
    The Wrap

    Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54

    Director and producer Lynn Shelton, who stewarded several popular indie films, including “Humpday,” and also directed a number of episodes for prominent TV shows like “Glow” and “Mad Men,” has died from a previously undisclosed blood disorder, her publicist said on Saturday. She was 54.Shelton’s prolific output included directing five episodes of “New Girl,” eight episodes of “Fresh off the Boat,” five episodes of “Glow,” two episodes of “Maron” and one episode of “Mad Men,” among work on several other TV series.The Seattle native started off as an aspiring actor and photographer in her 20s but eventually moved towards filmmaking after being inspired by French director Claire Denis, who had shared she didn’t direct her first movie until she was 40. Shelton directed her first film, “We Go Way Back,” in 2006, but her break came in 2009, when “Humpday,” starring Joshua Leonard, Alycia  Delmore and longtime collaborator Mark Duplass, premiered at Sundance and received rave reviews. “Humpday” was acquired and distributed by Magnolia Pictures afterward and later won the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2010.Also Read: 'Sword of Trust' Starring Marc Maron Acquired by IFC FilmsShe reunited with Duplass for 2011’s “Your Sister’s Sister,” a comedy-drama also starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. Shelton went on to direct “Touchy Feely” in 2013 and the Keira Knightly-led “Laggies” in 2014. Her next film, “Outside In,” was her first dramatic film and starred Edie Falco and Jay Duplass in a movie about a convict who falls in love with his old high school teacher. The last film Shelton directed and produced was “Sword of Trust,” a comedy starring Marc Maron, with whom she spent the last year of her life.Shelton was born on August 27, 1965 in Oberlin, Ohio. She was raised in Seattle and later returned to her birthplace to attend Oberlin College before entering the University of Washington’s school of drama. Shelton also earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.Shelton is survived by her son, Milo Seal, her former husband Kevin Seal, whom she was married to from 2001 to 2019. She is also survived by her parents Wendy and Alan Roedell and David “Mac” Shelton and Frauke Rynd and three siblings.Read original story Lynn Shelton, Director of ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Glow’ Episodes, Dies at 54 At TheWrap

  • ‘The Puffy Chair,' 10 Years Later: How a Little Indie Flick Predicted the Future of Film
    Jordan Zakarin

    ‘The Puffy Chair,' 10 Years Later: How a Little Indie Flick Predicted the Future of Film

    The film, created by then-unknown writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass, was modest in both budget and conceit: Costing a mere $15,000 to make, The Puffy Chair tracks two brothers (including one played by Mark Duplass) who embark on a road trip with an old recliner from Brooklyn to Atlanta with their girlfriends. A raggedy film whose low budget made use of then-emerging digital production equipment — and forced the Duplass brothers to recruit girlfriends and friends as cast members, paying them a mere $100 a day — The Puffy Chair was about as indie as it gets.

  • Inside the Duplass Brothers' Growing Digital Indie Empire
    Jordan Zakarin

    Inside the Duplass Brothers' Growing Digital Indie Empire

    When the news broke during last January’s Sundance Film Festival that brothers and filmmaking partners Mark and Jay Duplass had struck a four-movie deal with Netflix, the obvious (and jealousy-tinged) punchline muttered by everyone in Park City was that the hyper-prolific duo would probably deliver the goods by February. In the last year alone, their Duplass Brothers Productions has churned out nine films, including last year’s Bill Hader-Kristen Wiig hit dramedy The Skeleton Twins, and the upcoming Sundance hits Tangerine and The Overnight. As part of the Sundance deal, Netflix will produce and premiere four new films produced by the Duplasses.