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Interview: 'Your Sister's Sister' Director Lynn Shelton Talks Mark Duplass, Acting, and an Indie Model that Works (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2012 at 4:28PM

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...
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Lynn Shelton
Lynn Shelton

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"
"Your Sister's Sister"

"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:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.