Joe Swanberg is having a moment. The prolific indie director hit SXSW this spring with his first Hollywood picture (sort of), “Drinking Buddies,” featuring a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. But of course, Swanberg has never been a one-movie-at-a-time kind of a guy, so surprise, he’s also got romantic comedy finished as well.
Swanberg, via Indiewire, has revealed that in addition to the forthcoming “All the Light in the Sky” and the features he’s currently editing, he also has a Christmas film in the can, titled (naturally) "Happy Christmas." Said to center “on a family,” the film reunites Swanberg with Kendrick alongside Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey and Mark Webber. If that wasn’t enough, Swanberg has finally heard the siren call of celluloid and teamed up with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” DP Ben Richardson to shoot the film on Super 16mm.
After so much success shooting digitally, what made Swanberg go photochemical? The director hadn’t shot anything on film since his film school days and “sensed that pretty soon it might be too late to go through that process again,” adding that he “wanted to do it at least one more time.” Unfortunately the film won’t be ready for Christmas this year as Swanberg’s opting to finish the film in time to “make the festival rounds next year.” In the meantime, catch “Drinking Buddies” on VOD on July 25th or in select theatres on August 23rd.