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AFI Fest to spotlight Joe Swanberg, indie film director

October 13, 2011 |  2:40 pm

Joe Swanberg will be the subject of a Spotlight section at the 2011 AFI Fest
Joe Swanberg, best known as one of the pioneers in the independent filmmaking movement known as mumblecore, will be the subject of the Spotlight section at AFI Fest Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood.

Three movies written and directed by Swanberg in what he calls his "Full Moon Trilogy" will be screened during the festival, organizers announced Thursday. The trilogy begins with "Silver Bullets," which examines the director's own attitudes toward filmmaking; continues with "Art History," in which Swanberg plays a director who has cast his wife in an erotic picture; and ends with the world premiere of the final installment, "The Zone."

Swanberg's past films have included "Hannah Takes the Stairs" and "Nights and Weekends," both low-budget pictures that examined the lives of young people using naturalistic dialogue and vérité-camera techniques.

AFI also announced the slate for its Young Americans section, which includes work from up-and-coming U.S. filmmakers such as Alex Ross Perry, Tristan Patterson and Clay Liford. Its New Auteurs section, which features work from first and second-time international feature film directors, will this year spotlight films from countries including Greece and Norway. 

Free tickets for all films are available beginning Oct. 27; For more information, visit AFI.com/AFIFEST.


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Photo: Director Joe Swanberg. Credit: IFC.