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A Swanberg Sampler

Mar 1 — Mar 2, 2014

Joe Swanberg has written and directed sixteen feature films—a remarkable eleven in the past four years. His microbudget approach to production and his association with the movement unfortunately dubbed “Mumblecore” may suggest a loose, haphazard style. In fact, much like another great behavioralist director, Howard Hawks, Swanberg’s films are acutely observed, sharply perceptive, and deeply entertaining.

Focusing less on plot than character, they capture the messy, often awkward emotional truths of real life. While his films may at first seem naturalistic, they also have a heightened, almost theatrical quality, filled with moral and emotional crises that emerge organically. This selection of six of his finest films demonstrates Swanberg’s emergence as a significant American director.

Joe Swanberg will be present at all screenings.