Slow and steady sometimes does win the race. Indie filmmakers would do well to emulate Lynn Shelton. Trained as an actress and photographer, Shelton shot documentaries and music videos and has been championed by film festivals at her home base Seattle as well as Sundance, Toronto and SXSW. She broke out with her Sundance jury-prize-winning "Humpday," starring Mark Duplass, who shares her improvisational acting aesthetic. In fact, they did so well together with "Humpday" that Duplass came back to her with a new idea for a movie, which she ran with --and totally changed. The end result is her must-see fourth feature "Your Sister's Sister" (June 15). Shelton gets better with every film.
"Your Sister's Sister" (June 15) grabbed raves at Toronto, where it was acquired by IFC Films, and Sundance, Tribeca, San Francisco and Seattle. The director focuses her roving camera on a complex love triangle that twists through past relationships, sexual identity, and sibling rivalry. (See the new official trailer and my flipcam interview below.)
Duplass plays a man lost and depressed after the death of his brother. His best friend (Emily Blunt) sends him to a remote island to recuperate. He huffs and puffs on his bike out to a cabin in the woods and is surprised to find her lesbian half-sister (Rosemary DeWitt) there. After much alcohol, the two sleep together. And then the next day her sister shows up. Much hilarity ensues, and all is not as it seems. It's a relationship comedy, but nothing tops the quote Duplass gave to the LATimes: