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Film Partially Shot in Burien – ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ – Playing at Tin Theater

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Lynn Shelton

A film that was partially shot in Burien – actually just a few blocks from BTB Advertiser The Tin Theater at the old Germaine’s Country Kitchen on Ambaum – will be playing at the Tin Theater starting Friday, Aug. 31 and continuing through Thursday, Sept. 6.

Written and Directed by Seattle-based Lynn Shelton, the film is described as:

Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass star in YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, a new comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry.

A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack (Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom’s best friend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude.

Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah (Dewitt) who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom’s unexpected presence.

A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning.

A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with raw, hilarious and emotional performances from the all-star cast.

We managed to track down Lynn, and conducted the following interview with her:

Thanks Lynn for taking the time to speak with us. How’d you get into filmmaking?
It was a long circuitous route to feature filmmaking for me. I started as a theater actor and then went to graduate school in photography where I discovered film and video. And then spent several years editing other people’s films and making my own experimental films and documentaries. When I had the opportunity to direct my first feature, WE GO WAY BACK, I felt like I had finally discovered exactly what I was always meant to do. That was seven years ago, and I’ve never looked back. Since then I’ve directed a total of five feature films (my fifth, TOUCHY FEELY, is in the edit room right now), as well as an epic music-based web series called “$5 Cover Seattle”, plus a handful of music videos. It’s been a fun ride and I look forward to more in the future.

How is Your Sister’s Sister doing? Did you win any awards?
The big award was getting to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and then having the film bought there by IFC Films. It then showed at Sundance, Tribeca, and most recently, it was the gala opening film at the Seattle International Film Festival which was a big deal because it was the first time in their 38 year history that a locally-produced film opened the fest.

You filmed parts of the film at Germaine’s Country Kitchen – how was the City of Burien to work with regarding filming here?
Burien was a dream to work in. Germaine’s Country Kitchen was our key location there and they could not have been more warm and helpful!

What are your aspirations? Hollywood? Bollywood? Or will you stay Indie in Seattle?
I love Seattle and this whole region so much. I was raised here and I think the gray skies and greenery is just in my bones at this point. I lived for ten years in NYC and always knew I would come back here to put down roots. I plan to make as many films in Washington State as I possibly can.

Do you make a full-time living as a filmmaker now?
I do, and I feel so grateful for this. For years I was a freelance editor and part time teacher. I taught for ten years in the Digital Filmmaking Program at the Art Institute of Seattle and never stopped teaching throughout the making of my first three feature films. Finally, after my third film, Humpday premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, I became too busy and had to give up the teaching gig, which I had always really enjoyed. Ever since then, I’ve cobbled together enough money through the sales of my independent movies and a few gigs directing episodes of television shows to make a living as a filmmaker. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to believe this is actually true.

Here are some related videos:

Official Trailer:

Lynn, Emily & Mark talk about the film:

Sundance Interview:

Tom Tangney Interviews Lynn:

Hollywood Reporter Interview:


Showtime is 7:30 p.m. nightly (through Thursday, Sept. 6), and tickets are $8 – this is a great way to support both local filmmaking and a great local business!

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One Response to “Film Partially Shot in Burien – ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ – Playing at Tin Theater”
  1. June says:

    this movie is a little gem. Mark Duplass is just a wonderfully funny actor, even in this very unusual situation.

    The Germaine’s in the movie has moved over to 153rd now, but my surprise was seeing B&E meats in the film…I blurted out in the theater Omg that’s Burien. And it was. Perhaps we should start a Burien Fim Commission for future movie making.

    We will definitely see this movie again at Tin Theater this week, and if you want to smile from start to finish, you should too.

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