The Seattle International Film Festival gets underway today, and the opening night feature is from Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton. Her movie, "Sword of Trust," follows two women who attempt to unload an inherited Civil War sword onto a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner and his assistant. The four of them enter a world of conspiracy theories and Southern disillusionment.
Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron plays the pawnshop owner. He joined Shelton in the KNKX studios with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick for a conversation about the film.
The seed for the movie was simple, Shelton said: “I wanted to work with Marc Maron.”
Shelton says she’s often inspired by particular actors who serve as muses for her work.
“It’s a lot of pressure being a Muse,” Maron quipped. “I didn’t ask for the job of being a muse.”
“Sword of Trust” is the first time a film of Shelton’s was set outside Washington state, something she called a “fun challenge.”
“This whole state, this whole region for me, is in my blood and my bones,” Shelton said of the Northwest. “The south is like a whole other country. It’s like another planet.”
Listen above for the full conversation, during which they discuss the “diminishing idea of facts,” the art of improvising and Maron’s guitar skills that are on display in the film.