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Eric Swinderman (born July 8, 1976) is an American writer, director and producer. He is most widely known as one of the producers of the film Made in Cleveland, a critically acclaimed independent film he made with Jamie Babbit and Karey Dornetto. The film is an anthology of 11 short films by 7 different Cleveland directors and stars Busy Philipps and Gillian Jacobs.
Swinderman was born in Dover, Ohio and grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio. A graduate of Cleveland State University's School of Communication, he studied film and television production and dramatic arts. In 2015 he was named one of CSU's 50 Most Fascinating Alumni.
In 2007 Swinderman wrote and directed the short film, Clean, about a man of god dealing with his inner demons. The film received positive reviews and was awarded Best Picture at the Cleveland Grindhouse Film Festival.
Swinderman followed up with The Anniversary, and award-winning short film which won the Cleveland Plain Dealer's 2009 Scary Film Competition. The film, written and directed by Swinderman, screened at the Cleveland Truly Independent Film Festival and stars Deanna Cechowski and Thom Cechowski.
In 2012, Swinderman produced Made in Cleveland, an anthology of 11 short films by multiple different Cleveland directors and stars Busy Philipps and Gillian Jacobs. The film opened in limited theatrical release to wide critical acclaim.
He is currently in production on the dark comedy Anhedonia starring former The Walking Dead star Emily Kinney, Breckin Meyer of Clueless fame and Giselle Eisenberg (The Wolf of Wall Street, Life in Pieces).
- Midwest Movie Maker, April, 2018
- Cleveland.com, May, 2018
- Scene Magazine, November, 2009
- Midwest Movie Maker Magazine, February, 2012
- Cleveland Scene Magazine, August, 2012
- Cleveland Magazine, September, 2012