Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress" opened to both cheers and weeping Sunday as its producers and the audience reflected on the grim circumstances surrounding the project.
"This is not in any way a screening that is meant to be a wake," said the festival's executive director, Geoffrey Gilmore, as he introduced the movie.
Andy Ostroy, Shelly's husband, announced the creation of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation at the movie's screening. The organization will offer scholarships to female independent filmmakers.
"Through the foundation, Adrienne's legacy will continue to grow," Ostroy said.
Shelly found success in quirky movies such as "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990). She was also seen in 2005's "Factotum" with Matt Dillon.
"Waitress," which stars Keri Russell, tells the story of a pregnant waitress who has an affair with her doctor to escape an abusive relationship.