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Joe Swanberg is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound and Makeup Effects American born on 31 august 1981 at Detroit (USA)

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Nationality USA
Birth 31 august 1981 (42 years) at Detroit (USA)

Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent director, producer, writer, and actor. Known for micro-budget dramas which make extensive use of improvisation, Swanberg is considered a major figure in the mumblecore film movement. His films often focus on relationships, sex, technology, and the filmmaking process.


Né à Détroit, Joe Swanberg grandit en Géorgie et dans l'Alabama. Il est diplômé de la Naperville Central High School de Chicago et de l'Université du Sud de l'Illinois à Carbondale. En 2005 il réalise son premier film, Kissing on the Mouth, suivi de LOL en 2006, qui marque sa première collaboration avec Greta Gerwig. Ils travailleront de nouveaux ensemble sur les deux films suivants de Swanberg : Hannah Takes the Stairs en 2007 et Nights and Weekends en 2008, dans lequel Greta Gerwig est aussi créditée à la réalisation. Son film suivant Alexander the Last est produit Noah Baumbach, qui plus tard recrutera Greta Gerwig et Ben Stiller dans son film Greenberg en 2010.

En 2009 Swanberg travaille sur Silver Bullets, et l'année suivante finit sept films : Uncle Kent, Caitlin Plays Herself, The Zone, Art History, Silver Bullets, Privacy Setting et Autoerotic (co-réalisé par Adam Wingard). Uncle Kent est présenté au Festival du film de Sundance en janvier 2011 et Silver Bullets ainsi que Art History à la Berlinale en février.

En 2012 Swanberg écrit et réalise Drinking Buddies, présenté au festival South by Southwest. En 2013 il tourne Happy Christmas en 16 mm, dans lequel il joue avec Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham et Anna Kendrick de Drinking Buddies ; le film fait sa première à Sundance.

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Filmography of Joe Swanberg (34 films)

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Lace Crater, 1h23
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Lindsay Burdge, Peter Vack, Joe Swanberg, Chase Williamson, William Nadylam
Roles Dean
Rating53% 2.6640052.6640052.6640052.6640052.664005
An awkward twenty-something begins to go through strange physical changes after a weekend tryst with a ghost.
Bloomin Mud Shuffle, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors James Ransone, Natasha Lyonne, Alexia Rasmussen, Alex Karpovsky, Rebecca Spence, David Pasquesi
Roles Brock
Rating61% 3.0850153.0850153.0850153.0850153.085015
Lonnie's life hasn't changed much since he's graduated high school. He still drinks way too much, he still even paints houses, and still hangs out with his old friends from high school.
Happy Christmas, 1h28
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Christmas films
Actors Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Joe Swanberg, Kris Williams
Roles Jeff
Rating53% 2.698352.698352.698352.698352.69835
Irresponsible 20-something Jenny (Kendrick) arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly's life and career.
Proxy (2014)
, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe, Alexia Rasmussen
Roles Patrick Michaels
Rating56% 2.8489152.8489152.8489152.8489152.848915
While walking home from a doctor's appointment, the pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen) is knocked unconscious by a person in a hoodie who hits her belly repeatedly with a brick. Despite the efforts of emergency room doctors, her baby is already dead when removed by Caesarian section. Noticing that Esther doesn't seem to have any friends or family (the baby was conceived via sperm bank), a social worker at the hospital forwards her to a support group for grieving parents.
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, 1h34
Directed by Josephine Decker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Romance
Actors Joe Swanberg
Roles Akin
Rating59% 2.990962.990962.990962.990962.99096
You're Next, 1h36
Directed by Adam Wingard, Adam Wingard
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about families, Serial killer films
Actors Sharni Vinson, Ti West, A. J. Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Amy Seimetz
Roles Drake Davison
Rating65% 3.299873.299873.299873.299873.29987
A couple is in their house having sex. One steps into the shower and comes out to find his girlfriend outside of the window lying dead with her throat slit, along with the words "you're next" written with her blood on the window. He himself is then killed by Lamb Mask by jamming his machete through his head.
Drinking Buddies, 1h30
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Jason Sudeikis
Roles Angry Car Guy
Rating60% 3.0489653.0489653.0489653.0489653.048965
Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers at Chicago craft brewery Revolution Brewing, where they spend their days drinking and goofing off. They are perfect for each other, except that they are both in relationships: Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). Jill presses Luke about marriage, which he promises he will be able to talk about some time soon.
White Reindeer, 1h22
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Joe Swanberg
Roles George
Rating57% 2.85032.85032.85032.85032.8503
Suzanne is a successful realtor living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her weatherman husband Jeff. With Christmas just a month away, Suzanne and Jeff celebrate an imminent move to Hawaii; things can't be better with Suzanne as she giddily anticipates the move and her favorite time of year. However, after coming home one day to find her husband brutally murdered, Suzanne's life becomes filled with overwhelmed grief.
The Sacrament, 1h35
Directed by Ti West
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about religion
Actors Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, A. J. Bowen, Gene Jones, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kris Williams
Roles Jake
Rating60% 3.048593.048593.048593.048593.04859
Patrick, a fashion photographer, receives a letter from his sister, a recovering addict named Caroline, that invites him to visit Eden Parish, a utopian, drug-free community founded by a religious leader. When Patrick investigates, he discovers that they have moved to a new undisclosed location only accessible by helicopter. Intrigued by the mystery, Patrick's co-workers, reporter Sam and cameraman Jake, suggest a feature documentary on the topic for Vice. The trip goes well, but the helicopter pilot warns them that he will leave with or without them the next day; they promise to be prompt. Issues first arise when they meet the guides at the airfield. Expecting only Patrick, they are taken aback by a film crew; they contact Father, the leader, who authorizes their entrance.
24 Exposures, 1h17
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Sophia Takal, Hannah Fierman, Joe Swanberg
Roles Literary Agent
Rating42% 2.123432.123432.123432.123432.12343
Billy, a fetish photographer who specializes in staged depictions of dead women, becomes involved in a murder mystery when one of his models turns up dead for real. Michael Bamfeaux, a depressed police detective, investigates the crime and probes Billy as to why he chooses to involve himself in the world of exploitation and fetish. Billy can not explain why he does what he does, except that he accepts that he is attracted to certain ideas and women. As the two men become friendlier, Michael becomes more involved in Billy's photoshoots. When Alex, Billy's girlfriend, is attacked by a jealous model with whom Billy and Alex had a threesome, Michael shoots and kills Alex's attacker. Michael later attempts to sell his memoirs, but a literary agent suggests that the story's loose ends and weak protagonist are not a good sell.
V/H/S (2012)
, 1h56
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Chad Villella, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Adam Wingard
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Demons in film, Ghost films
Actors Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman, Joe Swanberg, Simon Barrett
Roles Sam (segment "Second Honeymoon")
Rating58% 2.903152.903152.903152.903152.90315
The film is presented as an anthology of short horror films, built into a frame narrative which acts as its own short horror film. Each short film is linked together with the concept of found footage (each segment is from the VHS tapes found in the room).
Uncle Kent
Uncle Kent (2011)
, 1h12
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Kent Osborne, Jennifer Prediger, Josephine Decker, Joe Swanberg
Roles Joe
Rating51% 2.564372.564372.564372.564372.56437
Kent Osborne is a forty-year-old single animator who meets Kate, a New York journalist, through Chatroulette. Kate accepts Kent's invitation to visit L.A. for the weekend. Kate reveals that her heart belongs to another man. Frustrated, Kent attempts to make sense of the situation.
Autoerotic (2011)
, 1h13
Directed by Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Kate Lyn Sheil, Amy Seimetz, Lane Hughes, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Kris Williams
Rating45% 2.2694752.2694752.2694752.2694752.269475
Four couples in Chicago attempt to deal with their relationship troubles, frequently by resorting to masturbation.
The Zone
The Zone (2011)
, 1h10
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about films
Actors Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kate Lyn Sheil, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Kris Williams
Roles Director
Rating48% 2.4365852.4365852.4365852.4365852.436585
Joe Swanberg directs Kentucker, Sophia, Larry, and Kate in a film within a film about a mysterious man who seduces a trio of residents of an apartment. The sexually explicit scenes put a strain on his relationships with the actors, and Swanberg expresses doubt in his ability to fulfill his artistic vision.