Lynn Shelton's "Sword of Trust" Opens in New York

MFA Photo/Video alumni Lynn Shelton opened her feature film "Sword of Trust" in New York. Shelton and comedian/ collaborator Marc Maron were on hand for post screening QnAs on the film's weekend opening in New York. "Sword of Trust" is currectly showing at Landmark 57th street and the IFC center.

Credit: SXSW Film Festival

Credit: SXSW Film Festival

The film chronicles a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama (Maron) who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia's recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them.

Variety's Dennis Harvey says: "“Sword of Trust” is light and loose, the kind of movie likely to illicit chuckles if seen at home (rather than the guffaws it earned from receptive crowds at its SXSW premiere). But in its small way, it does have something to say about our escalating culture of conspiracy theorists, revisionist history, and retro racial attitudes, albeit too frivolously to cause actual offense to those who pray the South shall rise again. Prospects will be modest, but could at least match that of Shelton’s earlier “Humpday” — and this is the funnier film of the two."

Lynn Shelton is a director and actress, known for Humpday (2009), Laggies (2014) and Your Sister's Sister (2011).