Director Joe Swanberg graduated from the school of mumblecore to good ol’ indie filmmaker this year thanks to the very excellent “Drinking Buddies” (a movie we called one of the best movies of the year so far this past summer). What the hell does that mean? Well, it sort of means that Swanberg was just firing off film after film in his “mumble” days with varying degrees of quality, but perhaps working with accomplished actors instead of non-actors/newbs—Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston—“Drinking Buddies” proved that his same approach and style (improvy, run and gun) can be better served with exceptional thesps behind the wheel. Where will he go next?
Well, those hoping Swanberg will take his time are going to be disappointed. His next film is already done and it’ll be his second release of 2013 (releasing two films in one year is not foreign to this filmmaker), having already played some festival dates. It’s called “All the Light in the Sky,” and the film stars actress Jane Adams (memorable for her roles in Todd Solondz’s “Happiness” and HBO’s “Hung”), who co-wrote the movie as well. The film has been acquired from Factory 25 and above is a first look. Details below. While you're at it, here's our interview with Swanberg and our "Drinking Buddies" review.
Factory 25 announced today that it has acquired director Joe Swanberg’s All the Light in the Sky, his next film after the indie-breakthrough hit from earlier this year, Drinking Buddies. All the Light in the Sky features a leading performance from acclaimed veteran character actor Jane Adams (who is also currently filming MGM’s much-anticipatedPoltergeist reimagining.) Adams and Swanberg also collaborated on the film’s screenplay.
Factory 25 is releasing the film theatrically in NYC on December 20th and digitally on December 3rd via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon VUDU, X-Box, Sony Playstation among other outlets. The film will also play theatrically at additional markets across the country with screenings continuing through the winter.
Adams (Happiness, HBO’s “Hung,” Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,among countless others) stars as an actress living in Malibu who faces harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis enters the actress’s niece, played by Sophia Takal (Green, Gabi on the Roof in July, V/H/S), who arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complex prism of emotional insecurities. Can the actress confront her fears, complicated relationships, and figure out how to navigate mid-life in Hollywood?
The film also features some of today’s up-and-coming indie film personalities: Kent Osborne (Uncle Kent), Allison Baar (Bad Fever), Simon Barrett (V/H/S), Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher), Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Lawrence Michael Levine (Green), Susan Traylor (Greenberg) and Ti West (The Sacrament).
Matt Grady from Factory 25 said “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the incomparable Joe Swanberg once again. He’s really come into his own with this moving and funny film. It’s also a treat to be working with the remarkable Jane Adams in one of her most notable on-screen roles.”
Joe Swanberg said: “I am immensely proud of All the Light in the Sky, which is the result of 3 years of collaboration and development between Jane Adams and I. Jane is one of the smartest, most talented actors working today and Factory 25 will guarantee that her great work in this film is appreciated by an equally smart and sophisticated audience.”
All the Light in the Sky features original music by Orange Mighty Trio.