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Sundance Holds Film Workshop with Lynn Shelton and Todd Haynes

Learn how to make short films in this Sunday session.

By Seth Sommerfeld July 10, 2012

Photo: Courtesy Chase Jarvis

Her friends call her Lynn, but you can call her Professor Shelton.

Attention movie buffs and aspiring filmmakers: The Sundance Institute is putting on its first ShortsLab filmmaking workshop in Seattle and has recruited top-tier talent to teach: i.e. ever-rising Seattle writer/director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister, Humpday) and her go-to cinematographer Ben Kasulke (who also shot Safety Not Guaranteed), and Oscar-nominated writer/director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Far From Heaven). This Sunday’s workshop features two seminars on the art of making short films, a medium for the modern era (given our ever shrinking attention span) and for anyone on a shoestring budget. Registration is currently open and the workshop costs $75.

Here’s how the day unfolds…

–Sundance Film Festival’s short film programmers kick things off by discussing how shorts fit into the festival landscape. They’ll explain how films get selected, how to secure distribution, and other behind-the-scenes logistics.

–The duo of Shelton and Kasulke will screen some of their work in order to open up the discussion about the art of storytelling and successful collaboration. The two have worked together on Your Sister’s Sister and Humpday, as well as Shelton’s next feature Touchy Feely. Their panel will be moderated by Sundance short film programmer Mike Plante.

–Snack break (!).

–Todd Haynes discusses his long relationship with short film. Haynes started making shorts in high school and his first feature Poison, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1991, was comprised of three short stories. The Stranger’s David Schmader will moderate.

–A post-workshop reception, where people will chat about films they love, obscure directors, and stuff like that. (I’m assuming that’s what they’ll discuss. Maybe they’ll talk about how awful the Mariners are…but probably not.)

Sundance ShortsLab
July 15, noon–5:30, SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, $75

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