Starving Chicago filmmaker seeks big break


In the four years since he started making films, Joe Swanberg has received the kind of attention some directors long for their whole lives. Each of his three features has premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. His latest, Hannah Takes the Stairs, is rolling out in theaters nationwide and airing on television through video-on-demand.  

At 26 he’s already had his entire body of work showcased at the IFC Center in New York and been written up in the New York Times. But so far the attention hasn’t translated into financial success. “It hasn’t changed my life at all,” Swanberg says. “I’m still sitting in Chicago wondering how I’m going to buy groceries. I’m not getting phone calls from agents or studios saying, ‘What are you up to?’” 

(Source: Chicago Reader)

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