Packing for London

Posted by – April 30, 2012

Leaving in a few hours! Our London premiere is a week away but apparently it’s already sold out. It got a little mention in The Guardian, too.

Got this interesting looking Toronto event promo from Colin, who does TIFF’s Midnight Madness series, and it looks of interest to folks interested in science fiction and DIY movie making. Know anyone like that?


Ultra 8 Pictures and CINSSU co-presents DIY Art & Life: A Weekend with Joe Swanberg. Hosted at Innis Town Hall on Sunday May 13th, the event will feature Toronto premiere screenings of the Full Moon trilogy (The Zone, Art History, Silver Bullets) by acclaimed independent director Joe Swanberg, with the director in attendance. A masterclass in DIY filmmaking will follow the third screening.

Joe Swanberg is an incredibly prolific independent filmmaker who has directed written and directed a dozen feature films since 2005 (Kissing on the Mouth, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Alexander the Last, Uncle Kent, among others).

Smart, challenging, and fiercely independent, Joe’s films have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin and the SXSW film festivals, and established him as a significant figure in the American cinematic landscape. His DIY approach and intimate filmmaking style have won him both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. For more information on Joe. visit

Joe Swanberg’s films haven’t played theatrically in Toronto since 2008, when Nights and Weekends was part of the touring Generation DIY festival. He has attended TIFF as an actor in 2010 for the film A Horrible Way To Die and he was also seen in the 2011 TIFF Midnight Madness selection You’re Next, both of which were directed by Adam Wingard, who photographed Swanberg’s Full Moon Trilogy and stars in Art History and The Zone.

Sunday May 13th – Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto

(74 mins; World Premiere, Berlin International Film Festival)
Tension mounts between a director and his lead actress on the set of a sexually explicit
low-budget film. As the actress and her co-star develop real feelings for each other,
the director’s jealousy erupts and he begins sabotaging his own production.

Swanberg has been prolific enough to create a precise set of expectations from his work. Art History … satisfies all of them.” – IndieWire

Q&A with Joe Swanberg after the film

(71 mins; World Premiere – AFI Film Festival)
Larry and Sophia, a young Brooklyn couple, share an apartment with their roommate, Kate. An attractive male visitor arrives and seduces all three of them over the course of a night and the following day. When the visitor disappears as suddenly as he arrived, the delicate balance of the apartment and its inhabitants is disrupted.Q&A with Joe Swanberg after the film

(70 mins; World Premiere – SXSW Film Festival)
An actress and her filmmaker boyfriend experience turbulence in their relationship when
she accepts a role in a werewolf film. The actress connects with her new director while
her boyfriend spirals into a dangerous depression.

Silver Bullets is the most affecting “horror” movie I’ve seen in a while, as Swanberg ignores
tired supernatural scare-flick trappings and locates terror in the shadowy,
passive-aggressive process of making, and watching, movies.”
 – The Village Voice

Extended discussion / masterclass in DIY filmmaking with Joe Swanberg
moderated by Jason Anderson (The Grid, The Toronto Star) following the film.

• Individual tickets for ART HISTORY & THE ZONE are $8
• Individual tickets for SILVER BULLETS are $12
• ALL DAY PASSES are $25
Tickets available here:



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