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CMJ Does Movies. Really.

CMJ Does Movies. Really. (photo)

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So you’ve got this well-known music festival that swamps its hometown with an astounding array of shows, while its lesser-known film program is still developing an identity and following of its own. No, not SXSW (which at this point has successfully established itself as a formidable film festival in its own right) — I’m talking about the CMJ Music Marathon, which for years has sent New York-based indie music fans barreling around the city trying to talk their way into shows that are invariably already sold out.

CMJ’s FilmFest, which this year ran from October 31 to November 4, is often overlooked in the shuffle, in part because the films in the line-up already have theatrical distribution, and in part because no one’s really figured out what a music festival’s taste in film should be like. Do you show films about music? Or just films that would appeal to people who like music? Who doesn’t like music? This year, the FilmFest had its share of big, shiny preview screenings — “Borat,” with Sacha Baron Cohen appearing, naturally, in character; “The Fountain”; “Stranger Than Fiction” — but also has other, more intriguing concert titles tucked away inside. Sam Erickson’s “My Morning Jacket: Okonokos” captures the jam band live on stage in as prime a location as you could imagine: The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. Making its world premiere at the FilmFest was Baillie Walsh’s “Oasis: Lord Don’t Slow Me Down,” which catches up with the famously mercurial Britpop band, following them for seven months on their Don’t Believe the Truth world tour. Noel Gallagher appeared after the screening for a Q&A to placate whatever stalwart Oasis fans are left in the world.

Most interesting of all were the two side programs highlighting the most maligned of film-related genres, the music video. Northern Transmissions at Scandinavia House offered a range of not-often-shown Nordic music videos, and Chuck Statler: Before MTV, at the Museum of Modern Art, took a closer look at “the godfather of the music video.” Statler, whose music films for DEVO led to his making what were essentially music videos for artists like Nick Lowe and Madness long before MTV, appeared in conversation with Jeff Krulik of the cult classic short film “Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” a combination that seems that include the best conflation of music and filmmaking. Sadly, “HMPL” was not shown — the documentation of fans waiting for a Judas Priest concert has always said more about music to some of us than a million beautifully shot live shows.

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…

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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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