Episode 57: Angela Shelton, Screenwriter, Actor, Director
Angela Shelton is an award-winning filmmaker, whose first screenwriting and producing credit, Tumbleweeds (1999), received the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker’s Trophy and earned actress Janet McTeer an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe®. Variety listed Angela as the Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch.
Angela followed Tumbleweeds with an adaptation of Kaye Gibbons’ novel Charms for the Easy Life (2002) starring Mimi Rogers and Gena Rowlands. (Showtime)
In 2001 Angela made her directorial debut with the multi-award-winning documentary Searching for Angela Shelton, surveying women across the U.S. who were also named Angela Shelton. She discovered that 70% of the women she interviewed, like herself, been a victim of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. Her memoir, Finding Angela Shelton, published by Meredith Publishing in 2006, describes how making the documentary changed her life.
Committed to helping others, Angela travelled the world for over a decade as an internationally recognized social activist raising money for rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters as a public speaker. She collaborated with trauma informed care providers to create a healing program to help abuse survivors move on from trauma.
In 2016 Angela began her first feature film HEART, BABY!, that she wrote, directed, and produced, about the true story of a prison boxer who turned down a chance for freedom to fight in the 1984 Olympics. (Limited theatrical release, late 2018)
In her 2018 film, Eagle and the Albatross, Angela used her own experiences with her mentors in the tear-jerking comedy about an orphaned half Korean girl who seeks help from a widowed optometrist with the only thing both of them love - golf. The only problem is, he only has three months to live.
Angela balances her time working in Los Angeles and New York City while living in the country with her husband and daughter.
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