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Alumni Film "Swiss Army Man" Nominated for Independent Spirit Award

Emerson alumni Daniel Kwan '10, left, and Daniel Scheinert '09 on the set of Swiss Army Man. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature November 22. Photo/courtesy of A24

Emerson alumni Daniel Scheinert '09 and Daniel Kwan '10 were nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for their offbeat dark comedy Swiss Army Man, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film stars Paul Dano as a desperate man stranded on a deserted island and Daniel Radcliffe as the bloated corpse that washes up on shore. The pair develop a relationship throughout their journey home, which is filled with moments of tender beauty and punctuated with explosive flatulence. 

The directing duo, who are known collectively as Daniels and who made a name for themselves directing music videos, “wanted to start the movie with a fart that would make you laugh, but end the movie with a fart that made you cry,” Scheinert told Emerson College Today in June, prior to the film's national release.  

Swiss Army Man premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, where it took home a directing award, and was released in theaters July 1. In September, the film was screened as part of the Bright Lights Film Series, with Daniels joining in for a discussion via Skype. 

The film's editor, Matthew Hannam, is up for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing. 

The Independent Spirit Awards, now in their 32nd year, are presented by Film Independent, a nonprofit dedicated to indie film and filmmakers, and will air on IFC on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm ET. 

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