Kris Swanberg

Kris Swanberg began her film career studying documentary film production at Southern Illinois University. Using naturalistic techniques and often working with non-actors, she went on to focus her career in narrative film. Her first feature, It was great, but I was ready to come home, played in competition at SXSW in 2009, was followed by Empire Builder (2012) and the short film Baby Mary (2014). Her third feature, Unexpected, starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holm, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed later this year by the Film Arcade.

Talks

“Never Make Another Movie Again”: Filmmakers Choose Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

By Filmmakers | March 22, 2016

“Never Make Another Movie Again”: Filmmakers Choose Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

Talkhouse Film contributors dig around on IMDb, Amazon, Netflix and more to find the most hilariously outspoken takes on their movies.

Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire) Talks with Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

By Joe Swanberg | July 31, 2015

Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire) Talks with Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

A frank, engrossing conversation between the two married directors about film, career, family and much more.

Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) Talks Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me

By Kris Swanberg | April 30, 2015

Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) Talks Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me

This portrait of a mentally ill lottery winner who creates a TV show all about herself is among the smartest and funniest films of 2015 so far.

Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) Talks Victor Levin’s 5 to 7

By Kris Swanberg | April 6, 2015

Kris Swanberg (Unexpected) Talks Victor Levin’s 5 to 7

This charming, old-style romance with comedic touches offers a look at a very unusual marital setup, but does it deliver on its premise's promise?