It's a wonder hipster-superstar Lena Dunham (Girls) and mumblecore director Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) have never worked together before. Dunham's Girls could quite easily fall under the 'mumblecore' umbrella with its "ums", "likes", and "whatevers", and in fact, Dunham has even admitted to being influenced by the director's work. However, it's just been announced that the mumbling dream-team have finally joined forces for... a Christmas movie. Yep, that's right. A Christmas movie.
Currently titled Happy Christmas (go figure), Swanberg shot the Chicago-set film last December with stars Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick (End of Watch), who will both, with the help of co-stars Melanie Lynskey (Up In The Air) and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), use their mainstream cred to knock this low-budget feature out of the park.
The indie film's plot, according to Swanberg, "focuses on a family and is set during the holidays." And when we say "indie" we mean indie. Swanberg has shot the film on 16mm with Beasts of the Southern Wild cinematographer Ben Richardson, so you can expect a decidedly lo-fi tone to the festive feature.
In addition to Happy Christmas, Swanberg's Jane Adams-starring drama All the Light in the Sky will be released this fall; he's also in the middle of editing two features, including another low-budget production, 24 Exposures. Everyone give it up for Swanberg!
Dunham as Hannah in 'Girls', alongside.... a curiously placed Chiwawa.