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Joe Swanberg
Born August 31, 1981 (1981-08-31) (age 28)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation film director, screenwriter, actor, producer
Years active 2005-present
Spouse(s) Kris Williams (2007-present)
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Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent filmmaker. He is a member of the so-called "Mumblecore" movement. His features include Kissing on the Mouth (2005), LOL (2006), Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), Nights and Weekends (2008) and Alexander the Last (2009). He is also responsible for the Nerve.com online series Young American Bodies and has made numerous shorts, most of which are available online.

Swanberg was born in Detroit, Michigan. His work has received a positive critical response and garnered awards at festivals. His work is defined by its improvised dialogue, preoccupation with digital communication and often graphic depictions of non-simulated sex; this includes an on-camera depiction of himself masturbating and ejaculating in Kissing on the Mouth. 1 He is also a noted proponent for Internet-based distribution for independent films.

Joe is the son of Greg and Joan Swanberg. He has two brothers, James and Michael. He graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois with the class of 1999. He then attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a film major, earning a Bachelor's Degree in 2003. While in college he worked for the Big Muddy Film Festival and then the Chicago International Film Festival after graduation.

Joe is married to fellow filmmaker and frequent collaborator, Kris Williams. They currently reside in Chicago, where most of Joe's movies are set and photographed.

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