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Happy Christmas
    2013, 78 minutes, color, U.S.A., U.S. Dramatic
    It’s almost Christmas, and Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend. Without a real plan, she moves into her brother, Jeff, and sister-in-law, Kelly’s, spacious bachelor-pad basement in Chicago. As she reconnects with old friends and attempts to put her life back together, she continues to self-sabotage by repeatedly getting drunk and high. Kelly becomes fed up with Jenny’s immature behavior but soon realizes that she, too, feels stuck. As Christmas draws near, Jenny and Kelly realize that they can offer each other the solace and support they’ve both been craving.

    Director Joe Swanberg returns to Sundance Film Festival (his film Uncle Kent played at the 2011 Festival) with his signature voyeuristic approach to filmmaking, offering a refreshing and candid look at complicated family interactions. His wonderfully imperfect characters pull each other out of their respective ruts and bring a strikingly human element to a story we all know well. The female characters in this film form a tight bond—a drunken sisterhood of sorts—enabling them to discover their true potential.

    - R.K.

    About the Director

    Joe Swanberg is the director of many feature films, including Hannah Takes the Stairs, V/H/S, and Drinking Buddies. His work has premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals. As an actor, he has starred in films, including Adam Wingard's A Horrible Way to Die and You're Next and Ti West's The Sacrament, as well as performing in his own work.

    Cast and Credits

    Director: Joe Swanberg

    Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

    Producers: Joe Swanberg, Peter Gilbert

    Coproducer: Alicia Van Couvering

    Cinematographer: Ben Richardson

    Music Supervisor: Chris Swanson

    Associate Producer: Eddie Linker

    Editor: Joe Swanberg

    Principal Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg

    Contact: Joe Swanberg / joe@joeswanberg.com