The first thing you need to know about $5 Cover: Seattle, Lynn Shelton’s new series of online shorts (“webisodes”) for MTV.com out this June, is that it’s not bad. There were good reasons to worry that it would be: MTV.com, “webisodes,” the scripted “reality” style. But there were as many good reasons to expect that Shelton would pull this off. The semi-scripted/semi-improvised pseudo-reality style is her forte, and she’s managed to spin some surprisingly great films out of the potentially dubious form; she’s worked with bands and non-actors before and coaxed fine performances out of them; she’s a certified Stranger Genius.

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