Festival

Sundance Film Festival

2012

Update: The Missing Director: Adrienne Shelly

UPDATE: The last tale from talented and late Adrienne Shelley, THE WAITRESS, was recently released on DVD after selected theater theatrical release earlier in 2007. A touching story of love in a comically busy world of three waitresses trying to make ends meet.

Park City, Jan. 21. One of the saddest tragedies this year is neither on the screen, nor even in Park City. It is the absence of director Adrienne Shelly for the premiere of her film WAITRESS [www.imdb.com] at the Eccles this afternoon. Many will remember the horrible headlines last November when she was found dead in her New York City apartment — first suspected to be a suicide, then proven to be a murder. As an actress in many of Hal Hartley’s early comedies (TRUST, THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH), Shelly was a longtime Sundance alum.

David Carr of the New York Times [www.nytimes.com] speaks to her producer Michael Roiff, actress Keri Russell, Hal Hartley and others about what it means for her not to be here. Those close to her set up the Adrienne Shelly Foundation [www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org] to maintain her legacy.

Peter Bowen

Senior Editor, Filmmaker Magazine