72-year-old independent film producer – The Hollywood Reporter

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Shelley Surpin, the entertainment lawyer who produced half a dozen films and championed independent filmmakers like Allison Anders, Nicole Holofcener and Gregg Araki, has passed away. She was 72 years old.

Surpin died Friday in Santa Monica of complications from a stroke, her Century City-based law firm, Mayersohn & Coghill, announced.

Surpin was a producer on The Cursed Generation (1995) and Nowhere (1997), both written and directed by Araki; Louis and Franck (1998), written and directed by Alexandre Rockwell; Prague Duo (1998), written and directed by Roger L. Simon; The sound of my voice (2012), directed and co-written by Zal Batmanglij and with Brit Marling; and Jake squared (2013), written and directed by Howard Goldberg and starring Elias Koteas.

She also assisted Steve De Jarnatt on Mile of miracles (1988), Anders on Four bedrooms (1995) and Holofcener on Walk and talk (1996) and Lovely and amazing (2001).

Originally from Los Angeles and having attended Hamilton High School, Surpin received her law degree from the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law at the University of California, Berkeley after graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford.

She began practicing entertainment law at Pollock, Rigrod and Bloom, eventually becoming a partner of Andy Rigrod and founding Rigrod & Surpin. She and Paul Mayersohn founded Surpin & Mayersohn in 1984.

Survivors include her nearly 40-year-old husband Steve Charnow; his daughter Martine Charnow, editor; son-in-law Toby Miller; and his grandson, Ember, born the day before his death.


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