Shelley H. Surpin, a longtime leisure lawyer and companion at Surpin, Mayersohn & Coghill in Los Angeles, has died. She was 72. Her agency mentioned Surpin died September 3 of problems following a stroke.
A champion for impartial movie, helped with the careers of such filmmakers as Greg Araki, Nicole Holofcener, Paul Mazur, Allison Anders, Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling, Mike Cahill and Tom Flynn, amongst many others.
Surpin started working towards leisure regulation at Pollock, Rigrod and Bloom (later Bloom Hergott), ultimately turning into companions with Andy Rigrod and founding Rigrod and Surpin.
She produced writer-director Batmanglij’s dramatic function Sound of My Voice, a 2012 Fox Searchlight launch that earned Indie Spirit Award noms for supporting actress Marling — who additionally co-wrote the pic — and Finest First Characteristic. Surpin additionally govt produced the function Jake Squared, which premiered on the 2013 Raindance Pageant in London.
Surpin acquired her regulation diploma from Boalt Corridor College of Regulation at UC Berkeley, after graduating from Stanford College. A former Chair of SubScreen, the L.A. County Bar Subcommittee for Movie & TV Display screen Leisure, she later served on the chief board of Stanford in Leisure.
She is survived by her husband of virtually 40 years, Steve Charnow; daughter Martine Charnow, a movie editor; son-in-law Toby Miller; and a new child grandson, Ember.