Director's Statement
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© Joe Swanberg 2004-2005
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The production of this film, and now the effort to present it to an audience, has been a constant process of overcoming our fears. We let our guard down, and took our clothes off, in an effort to accurately represent the struggle of young people, people our age, to gain distance from their parents and find love with each other. It was important to us to present realistic images of ourselves, as we are frustrated with the current representations of our generation. I set up each scene with the maximum potential for error, knowing that we could only make an interesting and truthful film if it was full of accidents. I promised everyone it would be OK, and they trusted me. That trust is the only reason we were able to accomplish anything.

-Joe Swanberg