Angela Shelton

First there was the word…


Angela Shelton is an award-­winning filmmaker, whose first screenwriting and producing credit, Tumbleweeds (1999), was awarded the Sundance Film Festival  (2000) Filmmaker’s Trophy and earned the lead actress Janet McTeer an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe® win.   

Angela followed Tumbleweeds with her highly acclaimed adaptation of Kaye Gibbons’ novel Charms For The Easy Life (2002) starring Mimi Rogers and Gena Rowlands.  

In 2001 Angela made her directorial debut with the documentary Searching For Angela Shelton, aimed at surveying women across the U.S. who were also named Angela Shelton. However, she soon discovered that 70% of the women she interviewed with the same name had, like herself, been a victim of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. The film received many accolades and went on to begin a grassroots movement of survivors and humanitarian organizations around the world dedicated to exposing the epidemic of abuse.

 Her memoir, “Finding Angela Shelton” was published in 2006 and described how her journey across America, while making the documentary, changed her life.

Following the documentary’s release Angela travelled for over a decade as a public speaker on the subject of trauma, recovery and surviving abuse. During her travels she created an online healing course to share ways that she discovered to heal from her own traumas of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence.

As an actress Angela won an Emmy for her role as Safe Side Superchick in the video series The Safe Side created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark. The videos Stranger Safety (2004) and Internet Safety (2006) are shown in schools across the country.

On film Angela has starred in 9 Line (2014) and Comfortably Numb (1995) and her television roles include Pacific Blue, Chicago Hope and Becker and a comedy role in Eagle and the Albatross.

In 2016 Angela wrote and directed her first feature film Heart, Baby!, starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, (The Wire, The Deuce, To Kill a Mockingbird), Jackson Rathbone, (The Twilight Saga), Shawn-Caulin Young (Godless, True Detective), Keir O’Donnell (An American Sniper), which she also produced.

Heart, Baby! tells the remarkable true story of Tennessee prisoner, George Lee Martin, who in 1984 was offered freedom in exchange for a place on the U.S. Olympic team and a chance to win gold for his country.  He refused.

Angela followed her award-winning first feature up with a fun comedy Eagle and the Albatross that wrapped in 2018 starring KPOP singer Amber Liu and Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years).

Angela has another feature in development based on another remarkable true story and is working on some projects she was hired to write and direct.

Photo by David Zaugh.

Photo by David Zaugh.