Sunday May 17, 2020
Lynn Shelton (1965-2020)
Shelton with partner Marc Maron last year at SIFF.
A year ago this week Patricia and I got dressed up and drove down to Seattle Center/McCaw Hall for the Opening Night of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival, where they premiered local filmmaker Lynn Shelton's “Sword of Trust.”
Thursday was supposed to be Opening Night of SIFF 2020. It was canceled months ago, as we knew it would be.
Yesterday I read Lynn Shelton died from a rare blood disorder. She was 54. She was stunning and talented and apparently a lovely person and way, way too young. She directed “Humpday,” “Your Sister's Sister,” “Laggies” and various episodes of great TV, including “Mad Men,” “The Mindy Project,” “Master of None,” “The Good Place,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “GLOW.”
I heard about her death about an hour after hearing about the death of Fred Willard and about an hour before hearing about the death of Phyllis George.
There's that recurring line in the song “Wait for It” from “Hamilton”: “It takes and it takes and it takes.” That's 2020 to me: It takes and it takes and it takes.