Triple Feature: YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, 2011, IFC Films, 90 min. Dir. Lynn Shelton. A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is an emotionally unstable slacker. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom's ex-girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris' sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), a lesbian reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship, who finds solace in the affable Tom's unexpected presence, and the two bond over a long night of drinking. The blurry evening concludes with an awkward sexual incident made worse by Iris' sudden presence at the cabin the next morning which sets into motion a twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships. A tale of grief, romance and sibling rivalry, YOUR SISTER'S SISTER further showcases writer-director Shelton's extraordinary ability to portray human stories with remarkable humor, sensitivity and warmth.
10th Anniversary! HUMPDAY, 2009, Magnolia Pictures, 94 min. Dir. Lynn Shelton. It's been a decade since Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard) were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife and home, while Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben's doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship. Late into the night at a wild party, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest together. Writer-director Lynn Shelton expertly mines the biggest ironies of the male ego to hilarious effect in this buddy movie gone wild.
WE GO WAY BACK, 2006, Cyan Pictures, 80 min. Dir. Lynn Shelton. Aspiring actress Kate (Amber Hubert) has finally landed her first leading role at age 23, yet she’s conflicted about the creative and professional compromises she’s made to get there. As she reflects on her regrets, she is visited by an apparition of her idealistic 13-year-old self (Maggie Brown). With surreal, impressionistic imagery and a sure balance of comedy and tragedy, Lynn Shelton’s debut project wowed Slamdance audiences in 2006, winning Best Feature and Best Cinematography (Benjamin Kasulke) and introducing a distinctive new voice to the indie film world. Discussion following YOUR SISTER’S SISTER with director Lynn Shelton.