Joe Swanberg scores third IFC release

JOE SWANBERG’S latest feature “Alexander the Last” will be released by IFC on VOD March 14 through the company’s label IFC Festival Direct, day-and-date with the film’s premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

The “Alexander” release was announced at a Sundance Film Festival press conference, where Swanberg appeared with Steven Soderbergh, IFC president Jonathan Sehring, and SXSW director Janet Pierson.

“Alexander” marks Swanberg’s third IFC release, following last year’s “Save the Date” and 2007’s “Hannah Takes the Stairs.” Tapping into Swanberg’s web-friendly audience (“Hannah” did four times as much business online as it did theatrically), IFC took the unusual step of release “Save the Date” on VOD prior to its theatrical release last fall.

IFC also carries Swanberg’s short-form serial, “Young American Bodies,” which first ran on NerveVideo.com.

Jess Weixler (“Teeth”) stars as an actress holding together a new marriage to Justin Rice (“Mutual Appreciation”) as she’s attracted to the co-star of a play she’s in (Barlow Jacobs, “Shotgun Stories”).

Swanberg filmed in New York, and produced with Noah Baumbach (“Margot at the Wedding”) and Anish Savjani of Austin, Texas-based Film Science.

“Alexander” is Swanberg’s fifth SXSW premiere in five years, following those two films and his previous “LOL” (2006) and “Kissing on the Mouth” (2005). This year’s festival runs March 13-20 in Austin.

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