by Courtney Tidrick, published on June 30, 2012|
Recently, I was given the opportunity to sit down with Lynn Shelton, the writer and director of the new film, Your Sisters Sister, starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie DeWitt. She was a pleasure to interview, and spoke a bit about this film, what it was like to work on an incredibly short shooting timeline (12 days!), her passion for directing, and a glimpse into her upcoming film, Touchy Feely, which stars a fantastic ensemble cast.
Courtney Tidrick: So you have worked twice with Mark Duplass, and now it looks twice now on your new drama Touchy Feely with Rosemarie DeWitt. Do you see yourself collaborating with any of these people again in the future, or is there anyone you would ideally like to work with?
Lynn Shelton: I have a little wish list of people that Im looking forward to working with, but I havent had a chance to, but I feel very protective of it, just because I dont want to jinx it. Im one of those directors who just lives to work with great actors, and Im a total geek about actors I just fall in love with them. My friend calls it a competence crush. You know, where you just cant believe somebody is so good at what they do, you just fall in love with with them, and Im in love with a bunch of actors as a director. I also love to work with actors again too. Ive worked with the same crew again and again, and you create a vocabulary together, and you know what your strengths are. Its also nice to evolve together as artists, push each other into new territory.
Courtney Tidrick: Speaking of your new project, Touchy Feely - well get back to Your Sisters Sister - what can we expect from this film?
Lynn Shelton: Its a departure for me, Ive made three films in a row now with three characters in one location, essentially. I just wanted to break out of that really sort of bare bones chamber piece, and see what its like to work with multiple story lines and an ensemble cast, so its a slightly more expanded cinematic vista. We go back and forth between different stories, one is really more dramatic Rosemarie DeWitt plays a massage therapist who cant do her job any more because she develops this repulsion around the human body. She goes into a little bit of an identity crisis, a tailspin, and her brother, is played by Josh Pais, who is this wonderful actor, is a dentist he ends. He ends up going into more of an upward journey of self-discovery, and theyre having a tug of war over his daughter, her niece played by Ellen Page, who is in a very co-dependent relationship, sort of taking care of her father, even though shes so young. Shes sort of sacrificing her own life for him, and so theres that little tension there. A few other characters played by Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, and Ron Livingston fill out the cast. It feels very different from my last few films, but in a really exciting and exhilarating way.