Joe Swanberg has directed, written, and produced 17 films since 2005, three of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Uncle Kent, V/H/S, and most recently Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham, and Swanberg’s son (pictured above with his father during the film’s Q&A).
Swanberg brings his signature voyeuristic approach to filmmaking in Happy Christmas, offering a refreshing and candid look at complicated family interactions. His wonderfully imperfect characters pull each other out of their respective ruts and bring a strikingly human element to a story we all know well.
Learn about Swanberg’s inspiration for the film, building strong female characters, budgets, and the mumblecore movement with a one-on-one interview here.
Happy Christmas is currently available on VOD and iTunes and opens in select theatres on Friday, July 25.
Photo by Calvin Knight