Indie Spotlight: Director Joe Swanberg

– by Gig Patta

joe-swanberg1 You’ve probably seen his work before.

Director Joe Swanberg is best known for directing “Drinking Buddies” last year that starred Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. He was one of the collaborators in the cult favorite horror compilation “V/H/S” with the segment called “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger.”

And maybe you’ve seen him on the big screen like the recent horror thriller “You’re Next,” in which he played as one the family victims.

Swanberg made his directorial debut with the 2005’s indie film “Kissing on the Mouth,” a film about recent college graduates on sex. And then he followed up with “LOL,” that starred with Greta Gerwig. With Gerwig, they further collaborated with 2007’s “Hannah Takes the Stairs” and 2008’s “Night and Weekends.”

In 2010, Swanberg became extremely busy directing seven films with “Uncle Kent,” “Caitlin Plays Herself,” “The Zone,” “Art History,” Silver Bullets,” “Privacy Setting,” and co-directed “Autoerotic” with Adam Wingard.

Now this year, Swanberg is busy promoting “Happy Christmas” at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The film stars Swanberg, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham. It’s about a young 20-year-old who moves in with her older brother’s family and shakes up their lives. Magnolia Pictures and Paramount will distribute this film.

And premiering this Friday, his thriller “24 Exposures” will be released on VOD and in select theaters. This film stars with his former “You’re Next” collaborators Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. This thriller is about a depressed detective investigating a necro-fetish photographer after one his models ended up being murdered.

Check out the trailer below for “24 Exposures.”

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