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"Four Eyed Monsters"We suppose this is the wrong moral to draw from Charles LyonsNew York Times piece on the many broke filmmakers with no distribution deal, in particular Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, the sensitive young things behind "Four Eyed Monsters" who apparently put themselves deeply into debt making the film, but our first thought was: "Damn, those kids are being wily about drumming up publicity!" Which may be cold comfort when you’ve just been forced to move back in with your parents, but we like to think that you should do that at least three or four times during your life anyway.

"Four Eyed Monsters" has played a few festival (including Slamdance) and gotten a decent response, but what seems to be drawing more attention are the filmmakers’ video podcasts and general online chronicling of their attempts to get their film distributed (they even pay a visit to IFC) — a savvy move, because as we’re reminded (per Lyons, "the 2005 Sundance Film Festival received more than 2,600 feature-film submissions – up nearly 30 percent from a year earlier – and selected only 120") there are tons of films out there, but not so many down-to-earth stories of the slog to get one of those films picked up.

Speaking of, we’re beginning to wonder who Jon Morrison is sleeping with — the Punk Cinema publicist’s adventures in LA at the AFI Festival and the American Film Market trying to sell "The Gigolos" have been getting prime placement at the Guardian, and now over at BBC? That better be, like, the best movie ever.

On the topic of alternate means of distribution, two recent web-worthy things:

IFC launched Medialab not so long ago — if you’re a filmmaker interested in getting your film on the channel, you can upload it to Medialab, and in January people will be able to view and rate your film. The top-rated films will be put on-air.

And Marcellus is set to launch in early 2006 as well — the site, which is still in its early stages at the moment, is the product of UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media, and promises to be dedicated to "displaying superlative independently created content, some of it in high definition quality, made available via the web, and on mobile devices as well."  They’re currently looking for video content to be used with the prototype version of their site, so if you’re interested in having your short/animation/whathaveyou hosted and getting feedback, you can see their submission guidelines here (and their sign-up page, for anyone interested in previewing the site, is here).


+ Join a Revolution. Make Movies. Go Broke.
(NY Times)
+ Taking on the Hollywood machine (BBC)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…