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The Interview, The After Party, The Hotel.

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Interviews worth checking out (we’ve been letting them slide again):

Christoffer Boe (the director of "Reconstruction") with Todd at Twitch: "’I think Dogme is a wonderful thing in the sense that it has put Denmark on the map for film making and has done a lot for the industry but, as such, the film making that it does to me is really not anything revolutionary. I think Godard went out with five people and made Dogme movies in the sixties and I think they are more vibrant, they are more intellectual, they are more interesting, they are more keen on film and so forth. So I wouldn’t give Dogme the benefit of reacting against it. I wouldn’t say "Reconstruction" is a reaction against Dogme.’"

Jesse Bradford (now appearing in "Heights," though he really won our heart as Kirsten Dunst’s love interest in "Bring It On") with Janice Page in the Boston Globe: ”’I don’t want to say I’m trying to get away from the whole teen heartthrob thing, as if it’s this bad thing that I want nothing to do with, but it’s not the ultimate end to what I’m trying to do.’"

David Gordon Green on casting Jamie "Billy Elliot" Bell as a redneck teen in "Undertow" — with Sheila Johnson in the Telegraph: "’There was no question about it once we had got together. What appealed to me first off was that he was not someone trying to get a part, just a kid with a lot on his mind. No one else had that combination of energy and emotion.’"

Dan Harris (whose directorial debut, at age 24, was "Imaginary Heroes") with Mark Monahan in the Telegraph: "[Woody] Allen accidentally hit him in the chest with a ball that he was chucking against a wall between takes. ‘He said, "We’re going to pretend this never happened," and then he winked at me. And I thought it was the perfect Woody Allen moment: just small and weird and a little funny and not too much.’"

Andrew Horn, director of "The Nomi Song," with Amanda Reyes at Film Threat: "After a lot of thought I realized the simple reason the East Village became what it was, was because it was cheap and so it attracted all the lunatics and misfits who couldn’t deal with life anywhere else. We were young and life was relatively simple and we had time on our hands, places to do things (rent was cheap and spaces were available) and everyone seemed if not actually ambitious to do things then at least available."

Spike Lee with Andrew Billen in the London Times: "When Lee recalls how often Christ appeared to die in Mel Gibson’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ [whoops, Billen, wrong controversial Jesus flick] (‘Jesus got his ass kicked’) he chuckles so hard that I have to tell him to calm down. His career, as opposed to Gibson’s, is, after all, a serious business.

Matthew MacFadyen (who’ll be playing Darcy in the new "Pride and Prejudice," and who was rather spectacular, in a clenchy, British way, in ultraserious BBC spy drama "Spooks" ("MI-5" here)) with Wendy Ide in the London Times: "’I find it difficult to talk about acting because…I just can’t. Unless you can dissect it like an acting teacher, you can’t do it. I’m not clever enough to do it. I can’t analyse it like that. As soon as you try and generalise something, you lose hold of it.’"

Anton Newcombe (of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, one of two bands profiled in "DiG!") with Sylvie Simmons in the Guardian: "Look at the box. It says ‘written by Ondi’. How do you write a documentary? You don’t. I’m not taking issue with any particular pixel or frame or sequence, but taken out of context, I can cut your words with this tape and make you say anything I want to say. It’s just lies – lies that were written into the narration. Courtney [Taylor, of the Dandy Warhols] read a script. They were not his words. It’s fascinating. Do you know what Courtney thinks? Shall I speak for Courtney? ‘This is a life mistake.’"

Nick Nolte with James Mottram in the Independent: "As he shambles his 6ft 1in frame towards me, Nick Nolte looks like a cross between Grizzly Adams and Father Christmas."

Sally Potter with Scott Foundas (who apparently famously trashed "Yes" in Variety when it premiered at Telluride last year) in the LA Weekly: "’It would have been different if everyone in Telluride had thought the film was no good. Then, however well-intentioned it had been, however hard the people had struggled, however long it took and that nobody got paid and everything — in a way it all would have been irrelevant, because in the end the film didn’t work. But in this case, 99 percent of the people not only thought it worked, but thought it worked brilliantly. The other 1 percent happened to have its voice in print.’"

+ Christoffer Boe interview (Twitch)
+ Jesse Bradford moves into a new role (Boston Globe)
+  The birth of Hillbilly Elliot (Telegraph)
+ The young prince of Hollywood (Telegraph)
+ Outer Space Angel (Film Threat)
+ Spike Lee (Times – London)
+ Matthew MacFadyen (Times)
+ ‘I am not a movie’ (Guardian)
+ Nick Nolte: The bad stage was good too (Independent)
+ Just Say Yes (LA Weekly)

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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