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Film Thu Jan 23 2014
Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, who wrote and directed the 2013 film, Drinking Buddies, will premiere his new film Happy Christmas next Thursday, January 30, at the Music Box. The showing will be part of the annual Music Box/Sundance Film Festival USA Initiative. Swanberg and a Sundance representative will be on hand for an audience Q&A session.
Happy Christmas is about a young woman who moves in with her older brother, his wife and their 2-year-old son after breaking up with her boyfriend. Written and directed by Swanberg, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham and Swanberg. It will be part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Swanberg graduated from Naperville High School and earned a degree in film production at Southern Illinois University. He worked for the Chicago International Film Festival after graduation. He has a long list of writer, director, producer and actor credits. He's known for micro-budget dramas and his extensive use of improvisation.
This is the fifth year that the Music Box has collaborated with this Sundance initiative; this year it's part of a seven-city tour.
Happy Christmas will be shown at 7:30pm Thursday, January 30, at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the box office. For more information, see the Music Box/Sundance website.
Photo courtesy The Silverman Group.