Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent film director, producer, writer, and actor. Known for micro-budget films 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, and include V/H/S (2012), Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), Win It All (2017), Digging For Fire (2015), and Nights and Weekends (2008), the last of which was co-directed by Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig.

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

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Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Olivia Wilde  •  Jake Johnson  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Ron Livingston

Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Olivia Wilde  •  Jake Johnson  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Ron Livingston

Uncle Kent (2011)

A pothead kid's show cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest - a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Kevin Bewersdorf  •  Kent Osborne  •  Jennifer Prediger  •  Josephine Decker

A pothead kid's show cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest - a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Kevin Bewersdorf  •  Kent Osborne  •  Jennifer Prediger  •  Josephine Decker

Art History (2011)

Tension mounts between a director and his lead actress on the set of a sexually explicit low-budget film. As the actress and her co-star develop real feelings for each other, the director's jealousy erupts and he begins sabotaging his own production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Josephine Decker  •  Kent Osborne  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Kris Rey

Tension mounts between a director and his lead actress on the set of a sexually explicit low-budget film. As the actress and her co-star develop real feelings for each other, the director's jealousy erupts and he begins sabotaging his own production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Josephine Decker  •  Kent Osborne  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Kris Rey

Silver Bullets (2011)

An actress and her filmmaker boyfriend experience turbulence in their relationship when she accepts a role in a werewolf film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  Ti West  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg

An actress and her filmmaker boyfriend experience turbulence in their relationship when she accepts a role in a werewolf film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  Ti West  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg

24 Exposures (2013)

Billy is a fetish photographer whose models begin to turn up dead. Michael, a melancholic cop, is tasked with investigating him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Adam Wingard  •  Simon Barrett  •  Helen Rogers  •  Caroline White

Billy is a fetish photographer whose models begin to turn up dead. Michael, a melancholic cop, is tasked with investigating him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Adam Wingard  •  Simon Barrett  •  Helen Rogers  •  Caroline White

All the Light in the Sky (2012)

An insomniac actress is facing the waning days of her career, when her niece pays a visit to her Malibu house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Larry Fessenden  •  Ti West  •  Kent Osborne

An insomniac actress is facing the waning days of her career, when her niece pays a visit to her Malibu house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Larry Fessenden  •  Ti West  •  Kent Osborne

Be Good (2012)

Paul - a workaholic independent filmmaker - takes charge of his sleepless baby, Pearl, when his wife, Mary, returns to work. He is slowly driven crazy by his inability to work and becomes the jerk he thought he'd never be.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Looby
CAST:  Thomas J. Madden  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Paul Gordon

Paul - a workaholic independent filmmaker - takes charge of his sleepless baby, Pearl, when his wife, Mary, returns to work. He is slowly driven crazy by his inability to work and becomes the jerk he thought he'd never be.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Looby
CAST:  Thomas J. Madden  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Paul Gordon

The Sacrament (2013)

A fashion photographer is traveling to meet his sister at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ti West
CAST:  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  AJ Bowen

A fashion photographer is traveling to meet his sister at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ti West
CAST:  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  AJ Bowen

Proxy (2013)

While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zack Parker
CAST:  Alexia Rasmussen  •  Kristina Klebe  •  Alexa Havins  •  Joe Swanberg

While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zack Parker
CAST:  Alexia Rasmussen  •  Kristina Klebe  •  Alexa Havins  •  Joe Swanberg

Happy Christmas (2014)

After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Anna Kendrick  •  Melanie Lynskey  •  Mark Webber  •  Lena Dunham

After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg
CAST:  Anna Kendrick  •  Melanie Lynskey  •  Mark Webber  •  Lena Dunham

White Reindeer (2013)

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Clark
CAST:  Anna Margaret Hollyman  •  Laura Lemar-Goldsborough  •  Lydia Hyslop  •  Joe Swanberg

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Clark
CAST:  Anna Margaret Hollyman  •  Laura Lemar-Goldsborough  •  Lydia Hyslop  •  Joe Swanberg

Empire Builder (2012)

Jenny's life has changed significantly since she had a baby. her days of food activism and urban anthropology have been replaced by diapers and playtime at the park. When she inherits a cabin in Montana, she leaves the comfort of her Chicago high-rise and travels ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kris Rey
CAST:  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  Joe Swanberg

Jenny's life has changed significantly since she had a baby. her days of food activism and urban anthropology have been replaced by diapers and playtime at the park. When she inherits a cabin in Montana, she leaves the comfort of her Chicago high-rise and travels ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kris Rey
CAST:  Kate Lyn Sheil  •  Joe Swanberg

What Fun We Were Having: 4 Stories About Date Rape (2011)

An anthology film consisting of four segments, entitled "Hot Boys", "The Sleep Creep", "The Meat Man" and "Silver Bullets", each obliquely dramatizing an incident of sexual assault. The four stories take place in the same small American town on four different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Brandon Carroll  •  Hannah Hughes  •  AJ Bowen  •  Amanda Crawford

An anthology film consisting of four segments, entitled "Hot Boys", "The Sleep Creep", "The Meat Man" and "Silver Bullets", each obliquely dramatizing an incident of sexual assault. The four stories take place in the same small American town on four different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Brandon Carroll  •  Hannah Hughes  •  AJ Bowen  •  Amanda Crawford

V/H/S (2012)

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire one rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they had bargained for.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg  •  Ti West  •  Adam Wingard  •  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin  •  Tyler Gillett  •  David Bruckner  •  Chad Villella  •  Justin Martinez  •  Glenn McQuaid
CAST:  Calvin Lee Reeder  •  Lane Hughes  •  Adam Wingard  •  Hannah Fierman

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire one rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they had bargained for.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Swanberg  •  Ti West  •  Adam Wingard  •  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin  •  Tyler Gillett  •  David Bruckner  •  Chad Villella  •  Justin Martinez  •  Glenn McQuaid
CAST:  Calvin Lee Reeder  •  Lane Hughes  •  Adam Wingard  •  Hannah Fierman

You're Next (2011)

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Sharni Vinson  •  Joe Swanberg  •  AJ Bowen  •  Nicholas Tucci

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of their victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Sharni Vinson  •  Joe Swanberg  •  AJ Bowen  •  Nicholas Tucci

Detonator (2013)

From rocker to family man, this captivating debut reveals the strife we face when it’s time to grow up. The rhythm of Sully’s (Lawrence Levine, Gabi on the Roof In July) life drastically changes when he abandons Philadelphia’s gritty punk rock scene for suburban ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damon Maulucci  •  Keir Politz
CAST:  Lawrence Michael Levine  •  Benjamin Ellis Fine  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Sophia Takal

From rocker to family man, this captivating debut reveals the strife we face when it’s time to grow up. The rhythm of Sully’s (Lawrence Levine, Gabi on the Roof In July) life drastically changes when he abandons Philadelphia’s gritty punk rock scene for suburban ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damon Maulucci  •  Keir Politz
CAST:  Lawrence Michael Levine  •  Benjamin Ellis Fine  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Sophia Takal

Blackmail Boys (2010)

After moving to Chicago for art school, Sam begins turning tricks to help pay the bills. His longtime, long-distance boyfriend Aaron can't stand to be apart and finally joins him, determined to find enough work so that Sam can give up having sex for money. When the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernard Shumanski  •  Richard Shumanski
CAST:  Nathan Adloff  •  Taylor Reed  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Danny Rhodes

After moving to Chicago for art school, Sam begins turning tricks to help pay the bills. His longtime, long-distance boyfriend Aaron can't stand to be apart and finally joins him, determined to find enough work so that Sam can give up having sex for money. When the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernard Shumanski  •  Richard Shumanski
CAST:  Nathan Adloff  •  Taylor Reed  •  Joe Swanberg  •  Danny Rhodes

The Mountain, the River and the Road (2009)

Jeff, a wannabe writer flailing at his career, his romantic relationships and any effort to be a responsible adult, takes a road trip to flee his mundane life. After even that fails, he meets free-spirited motel clerk Cat, who revives his ambitions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Harring
CAST:  Justin Rice  •  Tipper Newton  •  Joe Swanberg

Jeff, a wannabe writer flailing at his career, his romantic relationships and any effort to be a responsible adult, takes a road trip to flee his mundane life. After even that fails, he meets free-spirited motel clerk Cat, who revives his ambitions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Harring
CAST:  Justin Rice  •  Tipper Newton  •  Joe Swanberg

A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Brandon Carroll  •  AJ Bowen  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg

An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Wingard
CAST:  Brandon Carroll  •  AJ Bowen  •  Amy Seimetz  •  Joe Swanberg

Audrey the Trainwreck (2010)

The story of two people caught in the routines of work and circles of friends. The days begin with an alarm and end with the fading sound of a television. Ron Hogan, a 28-year-old ATM parts purchaser, and Stacy Ryan, a 27-year-old, oddly charming courier, meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank V. Ross
CAST:  Anthony J. Baker  •  Tim Baker  •  Nathan Adloff  •  Denise Blank

The story of two people caught in the routines of work and circles of friends. The days begin with an alarm and end with the fading sound of a television. Ron Hogan, a 28-year-old ATM parts purchaser, and Stacy Ryan, a 27-year-old, oddly charming courier, meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank V. Ross
CAST:  Anthony J. Baker  •  Tim Baker  •  Nathan Adloff  •  Denise Blank
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