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Tuesday Night Movie Club: Happy Christmas + Joe Swanberg Q&A
March 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us for one last Tuesday Night Movie Club event, a series dedicated to looking back at Wisconsin Film Festivals past. We’re wrapping up with Happy Christmas (WFF 2014), and will be joined by director/screenwriter/producer/editor of the film Joe Swanberg.
Here’s what we said in the 2014 Film Guide:
The accomplished and prolific independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg, who presented All the Light in the Sky in last year’s WFF, has returned with one of his most distinguished and entertaining efforts yet. Anna Kendrick, star of Pitch Perfect and Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, plays Carson, who decides to join her brother Jeff (Swanberg) and his family for the holidays in Chicago. The unemployed Carson is not exactly a responsible person. She’s still young, but old enough to know better than to get wasted and pass out on a stranger’s bed when her best friend (Girls‘s Lena Dunham) brings her to a party. This episode increases the already existing tension between Carson and Jeff’s wife, Jenny (Melanie Lynskey), who is trying to find time to continue her writing while raising a toddler (the director’s son, Jude Swanberg, a scene-stealer if there ever was one). In a series of sometimes funny, sometimes quietly moving scenes, Swanberg charts Carson’s tentative first steps towards becoming an adult, as well as her family’s growing acceptance of her often-difficult behavior. Using his own home as the principal location and shooting on gorgeously grainy 16mm film, Swanberg and his terrific cast have crafted a mini marvel of personal cinema. 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
All Tuesday Night Movie Club screenings are free of charge, and are co-presented by the UW–Madison Arts Institute, Department of Communication Arts, and WUD Film, with support from the UW–Madison Brittingham Trust.