Following last year’s Park City hit “Your Sister’s Sister,” starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt, and Mark Duplass, Lynn Shelton is back this year with the U.S. Dramatic contender “Touchy Feely.” Shelton’s hit film “Humpday” won a Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the John Cassavetes Award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Her first narrative feature, “We Go Way Back,” won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2006. Her second film, “My Effortless Brilliance,” earned her the Someone to Watch Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. “Touchy Feely” reunites her with her “Sister” star DeWitt, and also stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney.
What It’s About: “Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) is a massage therapist who finds she is incapable of doing her job any more after developing a mysterious and unsettling aversion to skin. Meanwhile, the flagging dental practice of her uptight brother Paul (Josh Pais) is suddenly bursting at the seams with new patients seeking out his “healing touch”. Paul’s daughter Jenny (Ellen Page) is completely stuck in her life, paralyzed within her co-dependent relationship with her father and by her serious crush on a completely unattainable love interest. The film co-stars Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama (of the Seattle band Grand Hallway.)”
What It’s REALLY About: “It’s about what happens when you think you know who you are and evidence to the contrary presents itself. It’s about trying to live in your own skin, both literally and figuratively.”
My Biggest Challenge In Making This Film: “Probably weaving all the character arcs and storylines into a coherent whole. It was quite the jigsaw puzzle in the edit room.”
What I Shot On: Sony F3
“Touchy Feely” Inspirations: “Hunger,” “Silent Light,” Syndromes and a Century.”
What I’m Up To Next: “A little TV directing and more movie making, I certainly hope!”
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