Joe Swanberg

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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.

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I've spent my entire life not being a hot girl. I'm used to it by now.

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I would most like to have a beer with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and ask them about their friendship, their fights, the founding of the country, etc.

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I'm a home brewer and a big craft beer drinker/supporter. A brewery looks beautiful on camera and the people who work there are passionate. I also think the people who care about what they drink also care about what they eat/read/watch/etc and I want to tell stories about those characters.

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I'm a beer guy. It's not just for the movie. I have a whole fridge in my house just for beer.

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He's welcome to join in!

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I live in Chicago and had to support my local scene. The folks at Revolution have always been really supportive of local things and they also had a big beautiful new space that could handle the size of the crew. There is an Avery hat hanging in Jake and Anna's bedroom in the movie, so there's a little Colorado love in there!

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3 Floyds Zombie Dust is probably my favorite. I also love Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin

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A lot of my notes are reminding the actors that they don't have to always talk. Silence can be very exciting on screen, especially if the camera can see an actor's eyes. I never rehearse. We block it out for lighting, but I want to save the dialogue for when the camera is rolling. I sometimes use the first take and I don't want to miss something great during rehearsal.

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White Noise (DeLillo) Portnoy's Complaint (Roth) Fun Home (Bechdel) Post Office (Bukowski) Lolita (Nabokov)

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I have a friend named Kate who works at Half Acre Brewery in Chicago and I was fascinated by her job as a woman in a very male dominated industry. She was on set as a consultant for Olivia and I wanted to tell the story of the pressure she faces to be "one of the guys" but also the constant attention she gets from those same guys. It's a complex thing to navigate and Olivia did an amazing job portraying it. There aren't nearly enough stories about women being told. I'm doing my best!