Hollywood mourns the loss of director Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton
Director Lynn Shelton

Hollywood and the indie film world is grieving the loss of Director Lynn Shelton. She and her partner comedian and actor Marc Maron had been together for one year before her death.

Maron released a statement to Indiewire and The Los Angeles Times sharing that he and Shelton were just “starting a life together.” He continued: “I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating. I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment.”


It has been reported that Shelton collapsed Thursday morning after being sick for a week from a previously undiagnosed blood disorder- a statement confirmed by her publicist Adam Kersh. 

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Shelton began making films in her mid-30s. In the last 14 years of her life she would go on to direct eight feature films. Her credits include Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister both starring Mark Duplass as well as Outside, with Edie Falco.

Actors who have worked with Shelton seem particularly affected by the news of her passing.

Mindy Kaling praised the Director, saying her “lovely, sunny energy was infectious and actors always drifted to video village between takes to be around her. She had such a quiet power and I will miss her. Rest in Peace, Lynn. Love you.”

Reese Witherspoon also weighed in, speaking about how the loss of her friend and colleague has affected her:

On Monday Maron honored Shelton on his WTF podcast, recalling the first time they met. “At the time, she was married and I was with somebody, but at this point, when we had this conversation, it was undeniable that we connected.”

He went on: “My connection with her is almost seamless. I have no self-consciousness when I’m with her,” he added. I was always better with her.”

“I was a better person when I was engaged with her, as a guitar player, as a lover, as a human, as an actor. I was better in Lynn Shelton’s gaze… So many people loved her. No one has anything bad to say about Lyn Selton, that’s for f—— sure.”

Shelton is survived by a large family, including her son Milo Seal

Reel 360 sends out our condolences.

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