In the latest film from Joe Swanberg, the title character and lead actor is Caitlin Stainken – in real life, a member of ‘The Neo-Futurists’, an experimental theater ensemble based in Chicago. A distinguishing characteristic of their performances is that actors play only themselves in an effort to reach the audience as honestly and directly as possible. The approach is in line with Swanberg’s filmmaking method, which has always aimed to blur the boundaries between the actors as people and the characters they portray, always seeking the utmost authenticity and honesty. The title of Caitlin Plays Herself expresses the film in a nutshell, describing both its content and form. Loosely connected scenes depict Caitlin – a lonely and somewhat uncertain theater actor. The manic, tight frames of Swanberg’s early work give way to long static scenes, but his emotional realism remains unrelenting.
Independent filmmaker, humorist, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, actor and producer Joe Swanberg was born in 1981, in Detroit. His films are included in the mumblecore movement, but his latest work suggests new directions. In his teens, Swanberg wanted to be sportsman, but after seeing the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona, he decided to devote himself to filmmaking. After graduating from film school, he made his debut at the SXSW festival in Austin with Kissing on the Mouth. Since then, he has directed nine other full-length films, in addition to web series and short features.
2005 Całowanie w usta / Kissing on the Mouth
2006–2009 Young American Bodies (serial internetowy / internet series)
2007 Hannah wchodzi po schodach / Hannah Takes the Stairs
2008 Noce i weekendy / Nights and Weekends (współreż. / co-dir.)
2008 Swedish Blueballs (współreż., kr. m. / co-dir., short)
2008 Butterknife (serial internetowy / internet series)
2008–2009 The Stagg Party (serial internetowy / internet series)
2009 Alexander the Last
2009 Birthday Suit (kr. m. / short)
2011 Srebrne kule / Silver Bullets
2011 Historia sztuki / Art History
2011 Wujek Kent / Uncle Kent
2011 Autoerotyzm / Autoerotic (współreż. / co-dir.)
2011 Caitlin gra Caitlin / Caitlin Plays Herself