5Q's w/Jack Swiker "Sessions" Director

Sessions (8 min) dir: Jack Swiker

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#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters?

Sessions is an intense drama in which a young woman recounts to a therapist about her struggle to find and connect with her birth mother who she has never met.

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

Sessions was made from script to finished product in only 48 hours. This is our team’s seventh year competing in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project, which we won last year. It’s a wild adventure. Exhausting, but fun and creatively satisfying.


#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

Having studied film and digital media in both undergraduate and graduate programs I have directed a number of shorts over the years on video, digital media, and film. Since moving to Los Angeles ten years ago, I’ve also directed and starred in a seven-episode web series, and directed six other 48 Hour Film Projects with Transplant Pictures.


#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Your production team is everything. When you have the right collection of talented, creative, and wonderful people, the rest of the process flows naturally even during the hectic schedule of a 48 Hour Film Project.  Transplant Pictures is a collection of some of the best people I’ve ever worked with.


#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

After following our last film Boy Soldier on the festival circuit, I’m looking forward to doing that again this year with Sessions and then settling in and working on another short, as well as prepping for a feature film.

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