• “Art History”

This is a big winter for Joe Swanberg, our 2009 readers’ choice for best local filmmaker.

Swanberg, who specializes in naturalistic, sexually frank, technologically savvy portraits of young-adult relationships, has three new features premiering, one this week at the Sundance Film Festival and on VOD, and two more next month at the equally prestigious Berlin Film Festival.

  • “Uncle Kent”

Uncle Kent stars cowriter Kent Osborne, a writer and voice actor for Spongebob Squarepants, as an LA cartoonist who meets a woman on Chatroulette and invites her to crash with him, where he can pine for her at close range. It opens this Friday 1/21 in Sundance’s Spotlight section and through IFC’s Festival Direct VOD label. Three of its six screenings at the festival are already sold out.

  • “Silver Bullets”

Inspired by Chekhov’s The Seagull, Silver Bullets is about an actress who spurns her auteur boyfriend to act in a werewolf movie. Art History offers another cinematic love triangle, as a filmmaker’s jealousy over the developing relationship between his stars leads him to sabotage his own graphic production. The two films play together in the 41st Berlinale, 2/10-2/20.