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HBO preps “Adrienne” doc on late actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly

HBO has slated the feature documentary Adrienne, an exploration of the life and death of actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, to premiere on December 1. Adrienne is directed by Shelly’s husband, ...
November 15, 2021

HBO has slated the feature documentary Adrienne, an exploration of the life and death of actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, to premiere on December 1.

Adrienne is directed by Shelly’s husband, Andy Ostroy, tracing her life and career as an actor in more than 20 films, where she stood out in early ingenue roles in Hal Hartley’s beloved indie films The Unbelievable Truth and Trust. She went on to write and direct her own projects, including the 2007 Sundance hit Waitress starring Keri Russell.

However, Shelly wouldn’t live to see the release of the film, as she was murdered in late 2006. Her death was initially ruled a suicide, but Ostroy’s efforts to pressure the police and keep the story in the local New York media eventually led to the arrest of Shelly’s killer.

The film features interviews with actors Paul Rudd, Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion, Lew Temple, Jessie Mueller and Jeremy Sisto, as well as Hal Hartley, singer/composer Sara Bareilles, retired NYC homicide detective Irma Rivera-Duffy and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, and Shelly’s family and friends. Shelly’s legacy includes The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, created by Ostroy, which has awarded over 100 production grants to women filmmakers, including Chloe Zhao, winner of the 2021 Academy Award for best director.

Adrienne is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of a Blowback Production, in association with all for A films. It was directed and produced by Andy Ostroy, with Marc Levin as executive producer; Daphne Pinkerson serving as supervising producer and Jillian A. Goldstein as co-producer. Sara Rodriguez is senior producer for HBO, with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive producing.

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