Joe Swanberg


Offseason Star Joe Swanberg on Throwback Horror and the Evolution of "Mumblegore"

In the late '00s and early '10s, the genre world saw a deviation from the expectations and limitations of standard horror fare, as independent filmmakers were emphasizing performances and dialogue to tell compelling stories as opposed to merely delivering buckets of blood. At the time, some fans loved how fresh these films felt, while other audiences dismissed them as "mumblegore," likening them to the subgenre of indie films that feature little more than characters sitting around and talking. Actor Joe Swanberg took part in a number of these mumblegore films, though more recently starred in Offseason, which honors more traditional horror tropes from the '70s and '80s. Offseason lands in select theaters, On Demand, and on Digital HD on March 11th.
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Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg launches a weekly film night in Lincoln Square. He picks the movies.

Even as concerns and uncertainty around the pandemic remain, film festivals have gradually been coming back. Reeling, the long-running local LGBTQ+ film festival, wrapped earlier this week. Up next: The Chicago International Film Festival begins Oct. 13 and the Siskel’s Black Harvest Film Festival returns Nov. 5. Jumping into the mix as well, somewhat unexpectedly, is filmmaker and Lincoln ...