Joe Swanberg
Feature Video 81:00 2006 Chicago Premiere

“Alex, Tim, and Chris view the women in their lives through the dimensions of a computer screen or the lens of a camera-phone, as they struggle to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life. This up-to-the-second feature intimately explores masculinity in the new millennium, a time when young men are trying to decipher the mixed messages of modern relationships and technology. Featuring a nonprofessional cast, video contributions from people all over the world, and original music by lead actor Kevin Bewersdorf, this funny and thoughtful film offers an honest portrait of how the latest tools of communication can either help us

click or turn us off.”


“Collaboration can be difficult, especially for a stubborn control-freak like me, but it can also be extremely rewarding. I was very fortunate during the making of “LOL” to be surrounded by people who continued to surprise, excite, and challenge me. Working entirely without a script, or even a plot outline, I was lucky enough to find people who were not only up for the challenge of discovering the film as we went, but who actually thrived in this environment and worked tirelessly to craft a narrative film out of a series of loose scenes and ideas. We started with nothing but the theme of relationships and technology, and over the course of 6 months we discovered a film much funnier, sadder, and more relevant that I ever could have hoped for. I attribute all of the great discoveries to my collaborators, a devoted group of friends and filmmakers who asked for nothing in return for their talent. I am in debt to them, not only financially, but artistically.”

­ Joe Swanberg



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