CHICAGO – “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg’s latest release of the same star wattage is “Happy Christmas,” an even lower-fi story than the Olivia Wilde beer comedy, steered even more by the casting that it was able to assemble. However, with this movie Swanberg doesn’t so much worry about having a story that could be confused with a more mainstream romantic comedy if it were to have a bigger budget.
Film News: 10th Year of Midwest Independent Film Festival Kicks Off Feb. 4, 2014
CHICAGO – One of the finest film fest gathering places in Chicago is the Midwest Independent Film Festival, a year-long event that meets every first Tuesday of the month. The festival’s 10th year kicks off on Tuesday, February 4th, with the comedy “Adventures in the Sin Bin.”
‘Adventures in the Sin Bin’ Kicks Off the 2014 Midwest Independent Film Festival
Photo credit: Phase 4 Films
The Midwest Independent Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Mike McNamara (also Festival Director) and Michael Kwielford. Each year, the monthly first Tuesday happening – taking place at Landmark Century Centre Cinema at Clark and Diversey in Chicago – has gotten larger and more influential, and culminates every year with the Best of the Midwest Awards. It has also become a vital networking gathering, as producers, directors, actors and film fans get together for each screening. Filmmakers from eight Midwestern states have participated over the years, as the festival prides itself on spotlighting films and filmmakers from the region.
Kicking off 2014 and their 10th Anniversary, the Midwest Indie will showcase “Adventures in the Sin Bin,” a teen comedy patterned after the classic Billy Wilder film, “The Apartment..” Brian (Michael Seater) is an awkward teen at an exclusive prep school, who enjoys unexpected popularity because he owns a van – his new “friends” wants to use it for dates. It also features Emily Meade, Bo Burham, Jeff Garlin and Tim Blake Nelson.