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Lynn Shelton

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Author’s note: My most memorable story from 2020 was about honoring the legacy of Seattle-based filmmaker and television director Lynn Shelton. She died unexpectedly in May. I talked with her friend and fellow filmmaker Megan Griffiths about the posthumous Emmy nomination Lynn received and about the efforts to honor her in the Seattle film community. Megan and I discussed the “Of A Certain Age” grant created in Lynn’s memory, which is being stewarded by the Northwest Film Forum. Since we spoke, the first grant was awarded to Caribbean-American filmmaker Keisha Rae Witherspoon of Miami. Also, at the end of this post, you will find my interviews with Lynn Shelton from 2019 and 2013. (This story originally aired Sept. 18, 2020.)

Lynn Shelton, left, directed the film "Sword of Trust," that opens the Seattle International Film Festival tonight. She's pictured with Marc Maron, comedian and star of the film. Both of them stopped by the KNKX studios ahead of the screening.
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Editor’s note: Seattle-based filmmaker and television director Lynn Shelton has died. Shelton reportedly died in the early hours Saturday, May 16, of a blood disorder. She was 54. Shelton was born in Ohio but was raised in Seattle, and often spoke of her deep love for the city and the Pacific Northwest. The area was frequently the setting for her movies. Shelton was in the KNKX studios a year ago, along with actor Marc Maron, to talk with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about their film "Sword of Trust," which was the opening film at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. (This story originally aired May 16, 2019.) 

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In all the films that she writes and directs, Lynn Shelton shines the spotlight on Seattle. 

Her latest project, "Touchy Feely", was filmed entirely in the city, mainly in the Central District and "all over Capitol Hill," according to Shelton. 

Courtesy MTV

If you ask anyone outside the Northwest what the region is known for, they will likely say coffee and grunge music. People here still love their lattes, but the new web-series from MTV and local filmmaker Lynn Shelton shows us how the music scene has grown far beyond the sounds of of Nirvana’s Teen Spirit.