Interview: “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg

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Date: Aug. 15, 2013

Location: Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Player(s): Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg. Courtesy photo.

Backstory: When it comes to storytelling it’s always best to write what you know, and director Joe Swanberg knows a lot about craft beer. A home brewer himself, the Midwest-raised Swanberg names off local breweries like they are members of his family: Revolution, Half Acre, Three Floyds, Founders and Bell’s are just a few of his favorites. “We’re pretty spoiled,” Swanberg said. His latest film, “Drinking Buddies,” is set in a Chicago craft brewery and stars Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Relaxing in the sun during a recent press junket for the movie, Swanberg said wanted to use the culture of craft beer as a backdrop for a story about relationships. Working with an outline instead of a formal script, Swanberg encouraged the actors to create dialogue on set and incorporate how they were feeling that day into the character. The movie has a definite improvisational feel that is also very natural, especially in the chemistry between Johnson and Wilde’s characters. Swanberg, who has also done some acting, comes across relaxed and confident in interviews. Speaking with him it’s possible to believe that it’s really easy to get a film made these days. All you need is an idea, a camera, and some actors who are willing to come play with you for a few days. “Drinking Buddies” is available on VOD and opens Aug. 30 in Los Angeles. To hear Swanberg’s full interview, click here.

Source: Sandra Kraisirideja

 

 

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