Joe Swanberg

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Joe Swanberg
Joe Swanberg 2014.jpg
Joe Swanberg in 2014
Born Detroit, Michigan
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor, producer
Years active 2005–present
Website
http://www.joeswanberg.com

Joe Swanberg is an American independent filmmaker and actor. Known for micro-budget dramas[1] which make extensive use of improvisation,[2][3][4] Swanberg is considered a major figure in the mumblecore film movement.[2][3] His films often focus on relationships, sex, technology, and the filmmaking process.[2][1][5][6]

Life and career[edit]

Swanberg was born on August 31, 1981 in Detroit, Michigan, and was mostly raised in Georgia and Alabama.[7][8] He graduated from Naperville Central High School and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a film major, earning a Bachelor's Degree in 2003.

In 2005, Swanberg directed his first feature, Kissing on the Mouth. He followed it with LOL (2006), which marked Swanberg's first time working with actress Greta Gerwig. Gerwig and Swanberg collaborated on the director's next two features: Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), which also starred filmmakers Andrew Bujalski, Ry Russo-Young, and Mark Duplass and marked Swanberg's first collaboration with animator and actor Kent Osborne; and Nights and Weekends (2008), on which Gerwig shared a directing credit. Swanberg's next feature, Alexander the Last, was produced by Noah Baumbach, who would later cast Gerwig opposite Ben Stiller in his 2010 film Greenberg.

After spending all of 2009 working on Silver Bullets, Swanberg finished seven features in 2010: Uncle Kent, Caitlin Plays Herself, The Zone, Art History, Silver Bullets, Privacy Setting and Autoerotic (co-directed with horror filmmaker Adam Wingard). Uncle Kent premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and Silver Bullets and Art History premiered at the Berlinale in February. The rest of the 2010 films premiered theatrically in 2011 after screenings at film festivals. Four of these were later included in Joe Swanberg: Collected Films 2011, a DVD boxed set from the music and video label Factory 25.[9]

In 2012 Swanberg wrote and directed the film Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake M. Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. The film was produced by Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa and shot by Beasts of the Southern Wild cinematographer Ben Richardson. The film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures shortly after its SXSW Premiere.

Swanberg is a noted proponent of internet-based distribution for independent films and has made his 2011 feature, Marriage Material, available for free on his Vimeo page.[10]

He cites Elaine May, Paul Mazursky, Lars Von Trier,[2] Marco Ferreri,[2] and Eric Rohmer as influences on his oeuvre.[2]

Filmography[edit]

As director, producer, and writer[edit]

Year Film Type Credited as
Director Producer Writer Editor Cinematographer
2015 Queen of Earth Feature Film No Yes No No No
2014 Happy Christmas Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 24 Exposures Feature Film Yes No Yes Yes
2013 Drinking Buddies Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 All the Light in the Sky Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Marriage Material Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 V/H/S (Segment: "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger") Feature Film Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
2011 Caitlin Plays Herself Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Autoerotic Feature Film Yes Yes Yes
2011 The Zone Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Art History Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Silver Bullets Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Uncle Kent Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2009 Alexander the Last Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2008 Nights and Weekends Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2008 Swedish Blueballs Short Film Yes Yes Yes Yes
2007 Hannah Takes the Stairs Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2006 LOL Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2005 Kissing on the Mouth Feature Film Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role
2013 Proxy Patrick Michaels
2013 The Sacrament Jake
2013 White Reindeer George
2013 You're Next Drake Davison
2012 Marriage Material Joe
2012 V/H/S (Segment: "Second Honeymoon") Sam
2012 The Kings of Yorktown
2011 Caitlin Plays Herself
2011 Autoerotic
2011 The Zone
2011 Art History Sam
2011 Silver Bullets Ethan
2011 Uncle Kent
2010 Audrey the Trainwreck Jeremy Roth
2010 Blackmail Boys Andrew Kenneth Tucker
2010 A Horrible Way to Die Kevin
2010 Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her Brandon
2009 The Mountain, the River and the Road Tom
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Hazmat Team
2009 You Wont Miss Me
2008 Paintbrush (short) Danny
2008 Nights and Weekends James
2008 Present Company Archibald King
2008 Untied Strangers (short) Wes
2007 The Timebox Twins (short) Boy
2007 Grammy's (short) Clarence
2007 Quiet City Adam
2007 Hohokam The Jeffery
2006 Young American Bodies (TV series) Ben
2006 LOL Tim
2005 Kissing on the Mouth Patrick

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brody, Richard. The Front Row: Joe Swanberg in Berlin. The New Yorker.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kramer, Gary. Interview: Joe Swanberg. Slant.
  3. ^ a b Trachta, Ali. Interview: Filmmaker Joe Swanberg. Chicagoist.
  4. ^ Levin, Robert. SXSW Interview: 'Alexander the Last' Director Joe Swanberg. Film School Rejects.
  5. ^ Denby, David. Uncle Kent. The New Yorker.
  6. ^ Brody, Richard. The Front Row: "Silver Bullets" Tonight. The New Yorker.
  7. ^ Zwicker, Bill (August 19, 2013). "Joe Swanberg tapped his Chicago smarts for ‘Drinking Buddies’". Chicago-Sun Times. Retrieved 2013-12-18. Though born in Detroit, Swanberg has lived “in Illinois since just before high school.” A high school buddy in Naperville... 
  8. ^ http://podcastone.com/program?action=viewProgram&programID=592
  9. ^ Joe Swanberg: Collected Films 2011
  10. ^ Vimeo

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