Friends and colleagues of Lynn Shelton will pay tribute to the late filmmaker tonight on YouTube with Her Effortless Brilliance: A Celebration of Lynn Shelton Through Film and Music. Marc Maron, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Andrew Bird, Laura Veirs, Breathe Owl Breathe, and Tomo Nakayama are among the featured musical performances in the celebration.
Emily Blunt, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, the Duplass Brothers, Jeff Garlin, Joshua Leonard, Sean Nelson, Michaela Watkins and Reese Witherspoon are among the actors and collaborators will share their memories of Lynn Shelton, a filmmaker whose body of work spoke to the core of human existence (often in an ironic, nuanced, most of all empathetic fashion).
Shelton’s directing credits include Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, Touchy Feely, Laggies, Outside In, and Sword of Trust (which starred her companion Marc Maron). Her acclaimed work on television included directing stints on Mad Men, GLOW, The Mindy Project, and Little Fires Everywhere.
Maron recently rebroadcast his first interview with Shelton, and during that conversation she discussed how working with actors was her favorite aspect of the filmmaking process. Such an observation spoke to her love for people and communication, and that spirit is one reason why her work has been universally loved.
“It has been really meaningful to me to work on this project. Lynn was one of my dearest friends and losing her has been leveling,” said Megan Griffiths, Shelton’s lifelong friend and collaborator, who directed the tribute. “It has given me comfort to focus on celebrating her life by bringing together all of these beautiful performances and hearing the heartfelt words of her many friends and collaborators. I hope it brings solace to her family and all those mourning this unfathomable loss.”
Her Effortless Brilliance: A Celebration of Lynn Shelton Through Film And Music airs tonight (9 pm et/6 pm pt) on YouTube. Donations to the Shelton/Seal Family Fund for the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children or Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum are encouraged via this celebration and in memory of Lynn Shelton.