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Catching Up With AFI FEST Alumni: Joe Swanberg, Director of ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY

Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg has directed several feature films, including HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (2007), ALEXANDER THE LAST (2009), UNCLE KENT (2011) and SILVER BULLETS (2011).  His films have premiered at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and AFI.  Swanberg also directed and starred in the web series YOUNG AMERICAN BODIES for IFC.com, which he produced with his wife, Kris.  We asked him to share his favorite moment from AFI FEST 2011 and fill us in on what he’s working on now.

My favorite moment of AFI FEST 2011 was walking into the movie theater in the heart of Hollywood to show and watch films that were made so far outside of the industry. It’s really important that AFI FEST puts a spotlight on unconventional and challenging films.  I loved seeing THE COLOR WHEEL, a comedy about incest shot on 16mm B&W, playing in a theater next to films that would be getting Oscar® nominations a few months later.  It’s what a film festival should be!  It’s a celebration of all kinds of films. 

I’m putting the finishing touches on a film called ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY that I’m making with Jane Adams. It’s about an actress reaching a point in her life and career that is causing her to reflect on family, relationships and the business of making movies.  She loves her life, but it’s not at all what she imagined it would look like.  Sophia Takal, Kent Osborne and Larry Fessenden co-star. 

I’m also editing the film I shot this Summer, called DRINKING BUDDIES, with Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.  It’s about craft beer and complicated friendships/relationships – things I know a lot about!!!!

Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Shari Mesulam, Press Manager

Shari Mesulam

How long have you worked for AFI FEST? 

This is my third AFI FEST!

What do you do? 

I am the Press Manager and I’m in charge of all of the media coverage for FEST.

What do you enjoy about working for AFI FEST? 

I love seeing all of the media coverage after FEST highlighting the amazing films and filmmakers that FEST featured.

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

My favorite FEST moment was at last year’s Opening Night Gala (the world premiere of J. EDGAR) when Leonardo DiCaprio got out of his car and ran across Hollywood Blvd. to pose for pictures and sign autographs for the legions of fans that had lined to up to catch a glimpse of him!  

What’s your favorite film? 

My favorite film of all time is THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT. 

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

AFI FEST 2012 films screening in the World Cinema section.

Breakthrough and Midnight films screening at AFI FEST 2012.

World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film Selections

World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the submission process and Midnight’s selections are always haunting. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature a number of films making their North American or U.S. Premieres, including THE ANGELS’ SHARE, GREATEST HITS, LAURENCE ANYWAYS, NAIROBI HALF LIFE, PIETA, WHITE ELEPHANT and ZAYTOUN.

Two of the shorts in competition are from AFI Conservatory’s recent class of 2011 – Justin Tipping’s NANI and Ryan Prows’ NARCOCORRIDO, both winners at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards® in the Narrative film category earlier this year. Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) is once again represented at the festival, this time as executive producer of GINGER AND ROSA in the Special Screenings section.

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Gala film events screening at AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

Films in the Special Screenings section of AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

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