Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent filmmaker 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.
Swanberg was born on August 31, 1981 in Detroit. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a film major, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 2003. Two years later, Swanberg directed his first feature, Kissing on the Mouth. He followed it with LOL (2006), which marked Swanberg’s first time working with actress Greta Gerwig. Gerwig and Swanberg collaborated on the director’s next two features: Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), which also starred filmmakers Andrew Bujalski, Ry Russo-Young, and Mark Duplass and marked Swanberg’s first collaboration with animator and actor Kent Osborne; and Nights and Weekends (2008), on which Gerwig shared a directing credit… read more
One of my heroes, and a great example of how a filmmaker's style can grow and evolve as they work harder, widen their influences and refine what it is they want to say. I've got Caitlin Plays Herself and Art History waiting to be watched on DVD, and am looking forward to the future films in the Collected Films 2011 set.