Busy Summer for the Swanbergs

Busy Summer for the Swanbergs

It's a busy summer for the wife-husband team of Kris and Joe Swanberg, with a feature currently in production and two features heading into theaters nationwide. Joe is currently directing his next feature WIN IT ALL and has brought Evanston native Jake Johnson and Detroit native/Second City Chicago alum Keegan Michael Key back home to Illinois to head up a cast that also includes Joe LoTruglio (THE STATE, SUPERBAD) and Aislinn Derbez (A LA MALA). Joe and his team have been filming throughout Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the past couple of weeks, landing in local hangouts like the Davis Theater, O’Lanagan’s Pub and, most recently, Jeri's Grill at Montrose and Western yesterday afternoon. And cinephiles will appreciate that Joe is filming this one... on Super 16! I'll keep you posted as this one heads into festivals and theaters down the road.

WIN IT ALL marks the third collaboration for Swanberg and Jake Johnson. The duo teamed up for the 2013 hit DRINKING BUDDIES as well as this year's Sundance selection DIGGING FOR FIRE. DIGGING FOR FIRE heads into theaters nationwide August 21st with its all-star cast, which includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliot, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey and Jane Adams.

But first things first, Kris Swanberg's feature UNEXPECTED (which also premiered out at Sundance earlier this year) arrives in theaters, On Demand and iTunes this Friday. The release kicks off with a special screening at Music Box Theater Friday, with Kris in attendance for a post-show Q&A. You can buy tickets for that here and can swing by our TRAILER PARK for a preview of the film.

Have a feature or pilot heading into production? Drop me a line at mac@screenmag.com anytime and I'll do my best to add it to The Call Sheet.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.

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