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An Interview with Joe Swanberg, Director of Marriage Material

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2012

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Your new film Marriage Material - in a few words, what is it about?

 

I'm at the age (30) where marriage and babies are coming up a lot. I've already made those decisions, but many of my friends haven't, so I wanted to make a film about those kind of conversations that felt real and true to my generation.

 

What were your initial inspirations when conceiving Marriage Material?

 

I'm friends with Kentucker Audley and Caroline White, the lead actors in the film, and we've all talked about this stuff, so I was inspired to cast them based on their relationship and their willingness to delve into these issues.

 

The credits of Marriage Material list the whole cast of the movie as co-authors. So how big was the creative input of each actor, and could you describe the on-set creative process?

 

All of the dialogue is improvised, based on a loose outline that I wrote, so everyone in the film is contributing a great deal. I was also basing elements of the outline on things Kentucker and Caroline shared with me about their real life and their daily routines, so it made sense to give everyone writing credit.

 

Since we are already talking about your cast: What can you tell me about your lead actors, and what made them perfect for their roles?

 

I think Kentucker and Caroline are both great actors, so I wanted to work with them for that reason, but they also make work that investigates their relationship, and I needed actors who were vulnerable and self-reflexive in that way. They were excited and willing to explore these issues with me, so it was a great fit.

 

The baby in the film is your own son, right? How has having a young child changed your life, and also your approach to filmmaking?

 

Yes, my son Jude is in the film. Having a baby is hard work. My priorities have changed and my schedule has changed a lot. I don't have much time to sit around thinking about myself and my problems the way I used to :)

 

Related to that, how can you from today's point of view relate to the character of Andrew in your movie?

 

I hope all men can relate to the character of Andrew. He's not closing the door on the idea of marriage and a family, but he doesn't feel ready. I was like that, but I think for people who do get married and have children, you realize that you're never ready and you were never going to feel ready. It becomes something you just have to do if it's important to you.

 

You are releasing Marriage Material for free on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/34790491 - for a limited time, right? In a word, why?

 

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Any future projects you want to talk about?

 

I'm finishing up a thriller called 24 Exposures that I made with some great people in Atlanta recently and I'm also working on a film called All the Light in the Sky, with one of my all time favorite actors, Jane Adams.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.joeswanberg.com

www.facebook.com/joeswanberg

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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