Happy Christmas

2014 | 88 minutes | R | IMDb

Directed by Joe Swanberg

Cinematography by Ben Richardson

Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham & Joe Swanberg

Premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard partying 20-something moves in with Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, her film director husband (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family's idyllic life is shaken. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with their baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham), brings Kelly to the realization that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness. A new comedy from the director of DRINKING BUDDIES. (Official)


- Location is Kris and Joe Swanberg's actual home in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago
- Soundtrack features a few tracks off Joel Alme's 2010 album "Waiting for the Bells", which is the best record you've never heard!
- Music Supervisor is Chris Swanson, which means the soundtrack rules.

Filmed in Chicago, Illinois

Shot on the Arriflex 416

"Which camera and lens did you use? Arri 416 with Super Speeds and Kodak 7219 (500T)."
-- Ben Richardson

Budget: $70,000


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