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Tribute Screening - Lynn Shelton's "We Go Way Back" [Online]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Tribute Screening - Lynn Shelton's "We Go Way Back" [Online]
Thu May 21: 6.00pm PDT

Lynn Shelton passed away suddenly on Friday, May 15th, 2020. A long-time friend of Northwest Film Forum and one of the Seattle film community's brightest lights, she will be deeply missed.

From local filmmaker Megan Griffiths: "We will also be going ahead with Thursday's livestream of Lynn's first feature We Go Way Back. The intention was for Lynn to commandeer the comments section with stories from the set, but in her absence, we'd like to use the space as a place for this community to come together and remember Lynn. Please join us.

Lynn made an indelible mark on me as a filmmaker and as a person. I know I am not alone in feeling that way, especially in Seattle. Let us all maintain her legacy of integrity, passion, humor, joy, and humanity in our work and in our lives."

* THIS IS A FREE SCREENING via Facebook Live: facebook.com/nwfilmforum/videos *

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In 2005, a local fledgling non-profit film studio called The Film Company reached out to Lynn Shelton, then an experimental filmmaker and editor, to ask if she would be interested in making a narrative feature. The resulting film, We Go Way Back, ultimately won the Grand Jury and Best Cinematography Awards at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and introduced Lynn, one of the brightest stars to emerge from Seattles film galaxy, to the world. She has since gone on to direct seven other feature films (including Humpday, Outside In, and, most recently, Sword of Trust) and countless episodes of your favorite television shows (Little Fires Everywhere, GLOW, and Dickinson, to name a few).

This event was planned as a benefit for Northwest Film Forum, in whose halls this film was born.


On her 23rd birthday, Kate (Amber Hubert) opens a letter that she wrote as a precocious adolescent to her imaginary grown-up self. The letter asks, Are you happy? Knowing the answer is no, Kate moves in a dreamlike state, passive and indifferent as Jiffy muffins burn and various men take advantage of her. Throughout, we hear 13-year-old Kates voice echo in adult Kate's thoughts. Eventually, the young Kate character (Marguerite Brown) makes an appearance, leading to a moving confrontation.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
Seattle, WA 98122
United States



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