Eric Swinderman

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Eric Swinderman (born July 8, 1976) is an Emmy Award nominated American writer, director and producer. He is most widely known as the writer and director of the independent 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).

Early life[edit]

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.


Swinderman's first big break came while working on the set of the film Dreaming on Christmas (2005) starring Danny Trejo and Nick Mancuso.

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.

IN 2018, Swinderman wrote and directed the independent film Anhedonia, starring Breckin Meyer and Emily Kinney which is an official selection in the Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2019.


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