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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lynn Shelton: I'll Make a Film For HUMP—On One Condition...

Posted by on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Earlier today I issued this challenge to Lynn Shelton...

The Stranger's annual amateur-and-locally-produced porn festival—HUMP!—inspired you to make the film that's making you famous. We're thrilled for you, of course, but it seems to us that you owe HUMP! some love. The genius that is Humpday is entirely your doing, of course, and all artistic credit goes to your and your remarkable cast. But... no HUMP!, no Humpday, am I right? So your friends at the Stranger are challenging you to make a film for HUMP! Nothing to onerous, nothing feature-length, nothing that forces your actors or the characters they're playing to take stock of their lives. Just something cute and sexy and funny and under five minutes. HUMP! gave you so much. Give somethin' back to HUMP!, Lynn.

Lynn responded to my challenge with one of her own...

Okay Dan, I'll make you a deal: I'll make a movie for HUMP! if you will drag your ass to one of the screenings of my feature this weekend (matinee, evening, any time you like) at the conveniently located Harvard Exit. With ten of your closest friends.

Seriously.

A) I really want to you to see my movie and then to find out what you think of it (the film would not exist without The Stranger... not just because of HUMP! but also because of the education that your paper has given me over the years on the sex positive, polyamorous not-so-sub-culture of this town, which plays a huge part in the film, not to mention all of the musings about sexual mores and sexual politics and the ridigity/fluidity of sexual boundaries that your column has given me cause to ponder over);

B) The more butts I can get into seats this opening weekend the more the likelihood that this film will open in some multiplex in Podunk, U.S.A. (which feeds into my evil plan to treat the crowd that thinks they're in for "The Hangover II" to the hangover cure: an anti-misogynistic, anti-homophobic bromantic comedy...)

Cheers (and thanks),

Lynn

You're on, Lynn. Unfortunately I can't see Humpday this weekend—prior out-of-town commitment—but that doesn't mean I can't get butts into seats: I'm buying ten tickets to the Friday night screening at Harvard Exit and giving them away on Slog on Friday. Stay tuned for details. And Sloggers & HUMPers: Do your part to get a HUMP submission out of Shelton and Shelton's Humpday into multiplexes in Podunk, U.S.A.: Go see Humpday this weekend at the Harvard Exit! And take ten friends! Do it for HUMP and for the kids in Podunk!

 

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veo_ 1
Dan, wouldn't you need to give away 11 tickets to meet the butt-in-seats requirement of this challenge? It was for you + 10, after all. :)
Posted by veo_ on July 6, 2009 at 5:42 PM · Report this
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The wife and I were already planning on seeing Humpday this weekend at the Harvard Exit, and we'll be at Hump! in October, just like every year.
Posted by Nic in Greenlake on July 6, 2009 at 6:02 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 3
What is, or where is Harvard Exit? I'm in...
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\www.shelleyandlaura.com on July 6, 2009 at 6:09 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 4
Kudos for this challenge!

I hope that Shelton's film will make it into wider release - I really want to see it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one out in the non-Seattle hinterlands. So come on Seattle Sloggers - fill up those seats!
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on July 6, 2009 at 6:10 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 5
@3 There is this crazy thing called google.....

...oh nevermind....
darwin always wins....
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on July 6, 2009 at 6:16 PM · Report this
stinkbug 6
"Your closest friends" means random slog people to you?
Posted by stinkbug on July 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM · Report this
COMTE 7
Well, @6 if you'd been to a few SLOG Happy's (there's one this Thursday, location TBD), you might have had the chance to meet Dan in person, at which point you would technically qualify as one of "His Closest Friends", at least if we're counting based on Kevin Baconish degrees of separation.
Posted by COMTE on July 6, 2009 at 8:33 PM · Report this
switzerblog 8
Okay, I bought two tickets to the 9:20 Friday show, but I am only one - so I'm donating a ticket if anybody wants to go and A: can't afford it or B: is willing to buy the damn popcorn. Or seems sufficiently awesome. Send yer email to switzer (at) switzerblog (dot) com and plead yer case!
Posted by switzerblog on July 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM · Report this
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I'm in
Posted by Massive Attack on July 6, 2009 at 8:54 PM · Report this
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Lynne,

You are FUCKING awesome. Dan, thanks for stepping up to the challenge.
Posted by Jeff on July 6, 2009 at 8:55 PM · Report this
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#10 - How exactly did Dan "step up to the challenge"? He's not going to any of this weekend's screenings and he isn't bringing any of his closest friends. Sounds like Lynn made a decent offer to fulfill Dan's passive-agressive Hump recruitment and Dan has successfully wiggled himself out of the deal.
Posted by Meatbot2000 on July 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM · Report this
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wait a minute - The Hangover is homophobic?
Posted by nice to see gratuitous shots at "podunk" on July 6, 2009 at 10:01 PM · Report this
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What about part #1 above?

"A) I really want to you to see my movie and then to find out what you think of it (the film would not exist without The Stranger... not just because of HUMP! but also because of the education that your paper has given me over the years on the sex positive, polyamorous not-so-sub-culture of this town, which plays a huge part in the film, not to mention all of the musings about sexual mores and sexual politics and the ridigity/fluidity of sexual boundaries that your column has given me cause to ponder over)"
Posted by Go next weekend, Dan on July 6, 2009 at 10:08 PM · Report this
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How come SLOG can be all prudish about wayward preachers,but then it goes around promoting porn and takes its kids to see naked white guys on bicycles with their ying yangs hanging from the seat?

Posted by Hypocrattle on July 7, 2009 at 1:13 AM · Report this
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@14: Something to do with the pastors having sex with minors? Or the fact that so many so-called Christians in this country are in fact scribes and Pharisees?

One reason SLOG promotes sex-positivity is that the currently dominant culture leads to very bad results. So cautionary tales on the one hand, and positive role-models on the other.
Posted by BABH on July 7, 2009 at 3:55 AM · Report this
Estey 16
I would add that this is the kind of movie you can talk about with your friends for hours afterwards. So if you are on the fence but might plan to see it any time soon, I'd recommend taking Lynn's advice and seeing it on opening weekend packing out the Harvard Exit so its success can continue. I don't think it's a perfect movie but I do think it is superb filmmaking, with some mighty fine performances, and again, few competitors in the "exciting conversations afterwards" department -- so bring people with you.
Posted by Estey on July 7, 2009 at 5:46 AM · Report this
JF 17
"an anti-misogynistic, anti-homophobic bromantic comedy"

Good luck with that. I'm sure it'll be a smash.
Posted by JF on July 7, 2009 at 7:31 AM · Report this
Greg 18
BAD MAN BREAK SLOG
Posted by Greg on July 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Parker Todd 19
Why was this bumped without a note?

At least have the decency to make a note or at least change nonsequential phrases like "earlier today"
Posted by Parker Todd on July 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 20
Lynn is right, but you have to BUY the tickets, not use comp tickets for them to count for the metrics that determine film releases in theaters.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on July 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM · Report this
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There was a preview of "Humpday" before "Away We Go" at the one indie-film screen in Baton Rouge this weekend. The theater was packed, and it got a generally good reaction. Perhaps that's a good sign if it got that kind of reaction in a fairly puritanical city?
Posted by Sheryl on July 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Womyn2me 22
OK, we are going to the 920pm on Friday night too... and the SLOG Happy.
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\www.shelleyandlaura.com on July 7, 2009 at 1:32 PM · Report this
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I am a bit confused. Is Lynn Shelton going to direct or star in the film? Both?
Posted by Reg on July 7, 2009 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 24
@23 - make sure her bonus is contingent upon starring in it.

Or eating donuts.

One of those two.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on July 7, 2009 at 3:19 PM · Report this

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