Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed “Humpday” and “Little Fires Everywhere”, died. She was 54 years old.
Shelton reporter Adam Kersh said in a statement on Saturday that she died Friday in Los Angeles of an unidentified blood disorder.
Shelton had become the main voice of the new American independent film movement. She made waves with her budget films, then splashed through her television work, including “Mad Men”, “Fresh Off the Boat”, “The Mindy Project” and “GLOW”.
She directed four episodes of the Hulu mini-series “Little Fires Everywhere”, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
“We have done so much together,” said Mark Duplass on Twitter. He was a frequent collaborator with Shelton, starring in his 2009 film “Humpday”, which was a representation of male sexuality through a female lens. The actor said he had lost a “dear friend” and admired his creativity.
“I wish we had done more,” said Duplass. “His boundless creative energy and contagious spirit were second to none. She improved me. We banged our heads, we made up, we laughed, we pushed each other. Like a family. What a profound loss. “
Shelton began his filmmaking career in his mid-thirties after initially being an aspiring actor and photographer. She then wrote and directed eight feature films in 14 years.
The statement said she had a “contagious laugh, was full of life and had an impact that touched a lot.”
Ava DuVernay said Shelton changed her life after giving her an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
“She proudly announced my name,” said DuVernay, who posted a photo on Twitter that included the two filmmakers. “Give it to me with love.” Rooted for me long after. I can’t believe I’m typing this. Rest in peace, beauty. Thank you for your films. And for your kindness. “