The Swell Season Movie

We’d feel amiss if we didn’t keep some archives on The Swell Season documentary which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011. So here is a collection of official information, previews, reviews and whatever else pops up during the week of the fest and beyond.

Official site
Distributor’s website


14 January: According to, the DVD will be released on 13 March 2012
25 May: The Swell Season movie will kick off the Silver Docs Documentary Film Festival in Maryland on 20 June
13 June: short Variety review in advance of Silver Docs premier
15 June: New Video and 7th Art Releasing Have Taken Rights to The Swell Season, limited release in the Fall
15 July: The film will be a part of Chicago’s Music Box Theater as part of a musical film festival July 25-28
3 August: The film will open in NYC on 10/21 and LA on 10/7 with Austin, New Orleans and Minneapolis soon to follow
18 August: The film will show 9-11 September at Webster University in St. Louis
12 September: Show times and dates for Long Beach, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans and New York
15 September: The film will play at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax on Friday, 23 September
26 September: The film will play at the Olympia Film Society from 28 October – 3 November
9 November: The film will be distributed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Korea, and Canada

Watch a clip of the film at Vulture at
Synopsis from the Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide
Interview with the directors of the film at

Interview with directors at

New York Press

Photos from the red carpet

Video interview with Glen at

Q + A with the filmmakers after the premiere (by peterknegt)

City Beat
Pop Matters
Nick August-Perna attends a screening at UD on 1 February
The Globe and Mail
Butler’s Cinema Scene
dork shelf
Denver Post
Interview with Nick August-Perna at Long Beach Post
AZ Central
The Stanford Daily
SF Gate
Three Imaginary Girls blog
Star News Online
Seattle Times
NPR Blog
Tap Milwaukee
Interview with Chris Dapkins at Movie Maker
Pop Goes the Week
Media Mikes
Digital Video (good techie movie info)
Geeks of Doom
The Atlantic
indieWIRE (with a clip from the movie)
MTV movies blog (with a clip from the movie)
Interview with Chris Dapkins at Moviefone
Interview with Carlo and Chris at
Movie City News
Film School Rejects
Los Angeles Times
Pop Matters
Monkee See, an NPR Blog
Associated Press interview with the filmmakers
Spinoff Online
Sound on Sight
Irish Central
Q + A with the filmmakers at HitFix
Gordon and the Whale
Washington Times
Christian Science Monitor Q+A with filmmakers Q+A with the filmmakers

Interview with filmmakers at Traverse City Film Fest

From the official Press Kit:

– Synopsis-
In 2008, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance, and psychological turmoil, The Swell Season is much more than a music documentary. It is a volatile and intimate portrait of a romance that fractures in the face of life on the road and personal tragedy. As Glen and Markéta’s relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection.

– Credits –
Presented by: Elkcreek Cinema
In Association with: Overcoat Records
A Film by: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Produced by: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Cinematography by: Chris Dapkins
Edited by: Nick August-Perna
Sound recording: Nick August-Perna, Brett Hammond
Music by: The Swell Season, Iron and Wine, Bill Callahan

– Cast Bios –
Glen Hansard is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames and one half of folk rock duo, The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film The Commitments, as well as starring the film Once. His song “Falling Slowly” from Once, co-written with Markéta Irglová, won the Academy- Award for Best Original Song in 2007, and between 2007–2008 earned him no less than ten other major nominations or awards altogether.

Markéta Irglová is a Czech songwriter, musician, actress, and singer. She collaborates with Glen Hansard as The Swell Season. They released an eponymous album, The Swell Season (album), on Overcoat Recordings in 2006. In 2007, she co-starred with Hansard in the indie movie Once, written and directed by John Carney. Hansard and Irglová wrote all but one of the songs featured in the film. The movie won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As of 2010, she resides in New York City.

– Director Bios-
Nick August-Perna is a New York-based filmmaker working with Elkcreek Cinema. He most recently co-directed and edited The Swell Season, a feature-length documentary about Academy Award-winning musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. He has worked for PBS’s award-winning documentary series Wide Angle, Bloomberg TV, and recently traveled to Haiti to film a story for Human Rights Watch. He has also written and directed several short films and documentaries. Nick got his masters degree at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2007.

Chris Dapkins In 2005, Chris Dapkins was invited by the Tribeca Film Institute to participate in the Tribeca/ Marrakech Filmmaker Exchange with Martin Scorcese and Abbas Kiarostami in Marrakech, Morroco. His short film from Morocco, A Weak Signal premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. As a Director of Photography, he has shot a select group of fiction films such as Knife Point (Sundance ’09). Most recently he photographed and co-directed The Swell Season featuring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

Carlo Mirabella-Davis was raised in the mountains of East Meredith, in upstate New York. He co-founded Elkcreek Cinema, a collective dedicated to films involving the upstate area. He has a BFA from Tisch NYU Undergraduate Film School and recently completed his Masters Degree at Tisch NYU Graduate Film School. Mirabella-Davis wrote and directed the short film Knife Point, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, aired on ARTE-TV, and for which he won “Best New Director” at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Carlo co-directed and produced the feature documentary The Swell Season. His feature screenplay On Evil was chosen for the 2011 Sundance Script Lab.