Sword of Trust | Chicago Reader

Sword of Trust

Director Lynn Shelton (Humpday), propelled by a desire to work again with comedian Marc Maron, here delivers a deftly economical comedy that succeeds where one might think it shouldn’t. Maron stars as a pawn shop owner in Birmingham, Alabama, who gets roped into helping a lesbian couple sell a Civil War sword that’s alleged to prove the south really won the thing. Their buyer? An extremist right-wing outfit committed to advancing that alternate view of history. It sounds nutty—and it is—but Shelton, who cowrote the script with Mike O’Brien, and the cast (which includes Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell as the couple, plus Jon Bass and Dan Bakkedahl) execute the provocative scenario with amiable persiflage. It’s equal parts spry, improvisational comedy and salient social commentary; much like the post-Mutual Appreciation films of Shelton’s colleague Andrew Bujalski, this is a prime example of what can happen when mumblecore filmmakers continue to cultivate their skills.



  • Lynn Shelton


  • Marc Maron
  • Jon Bass
  • Michaela Watkins
  • Jillian Bell
  • Toby Huss
  • Dan Bakkedahl
  • Tim Paul
  • Whitmer Thomas
  • Mike O'Brien
  • Al Elliott
  • Lynn Shelton
  • Scotty Lee
  • Robert Longstreet
  • Elise Mayfield
  • Prasanna Avadhanula
  • Tilicia Furman
  • Benjamin Keepers
  • Patierra Knight
  • Blake Funderburke
  • Joshua Alford
  • Brian Bremer
  • T'Darius Murphy


  • Lynn Shelton
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien


  • Edwin Linker
  • Joe Swanberg
  • Lynn Shelton
  • Molly M. Mayeux
  • Peter Gilbert
  • Stacey Davis
  • Tasha McCrory
  • Ted Speaker
  • Virginia Newcomb

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