Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton is best known as a comedic director for her 2009 Sundance hit “Humpday,” but her movies have always had a sensitive side, going back to her 2006 debut “We Go Way Back.” It was only a matter of time before she directed a drama, and with “Outside In,” she has found a key collaborator. Shelton co-wrote the project with Jay Duplass, who stars as a recently incarcerated man enmeshed in a clandestine affair with his old high school teacher (Edie Falco). IndieWire has the exclusive look at the screenplay, which you can read in its entirety below.
“Outside In” premiered to a warm response at the Toronto International Film Festival, and most recently played at SXSW ahead of its theatrical release on March 30. The Orchard distributed the film theatrically as part of an overall deal with producers Mark and Jay Duplass, which also includes marketing support from Netflix for its release on the platform in June. It became available on transactional VOD platforms on April 3. Both companies are expected to support awards campaigns for the films’ stars.
The movie marks Jay Duplass’ first writing credit on a feature film since 2012’s “The Do-Deca Pentathlon,” which he directed with Mark, and Shelton’s first writing credit since 2013’s “Touchy Feely.” Since its premiere at TIFF, “Outside In” has garnered some of Shelton’s best reviews, and its 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is the highest of her career to date. She also recently directed several episodes of Judd Apatow’s “Love” on Netflix. Jay Duplass continues to act in Amazon’s “Transparent” while writing and producing HBO’s “Room 104” with Mark. The siblings also co-wrote a book, “Like Brothers,” coming out May 8.