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Tribeca: Look who’s directing now.

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03312008_ithinkithought.jpgI’ve been shamefully avoiding looking over the Tribeca line-up until now because it’s just so damn big. Finally, the deed is done, and it seems a good time to give a few shout-outs to some unexpected names showing up as directors:

I Think I Thought, directed and written by Matthew Modine: “To think, or not to think, that is the question in I Think I Thought,” the program helpfully tells us of this short. Modine’s actually directed a few shorts before (in addition to his direct-to-DVD feature debut, “One Last Score”). The first, 1993’s “When I was a Boy,” was co-directed by “Little Children”‘s Todd Field, while 1994’s “Smoking” was written by David Sedari, and 1997’s “Ecce Pirate” was shot at the same time as “Cutthroat Island.”

Irish Twins, directed and written by Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong: The actor best known as Shawn Hunter of “Boy Meets World” teams up with his real-life sibling to direct and star in a short about how “brothers Michael and Seamus come to blows over their father’s ashes.”

Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, directed by Adam Yauch. (USA): The Beastie Boys’ MCA sheds the Nathanial Hörnblowér alias under which he’s been credited for his past directorial work and leads with his real name in the doc about Rucker Park’s “Elite 24” tournament.

Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha, directed and written by Melvin Van Peebles: Van Peebles hasn’t directed a feature since 2000’s “Le Conte du Ventre Plein,” which never made it to these shores for a theatrical release. “Confessions” is a semi-autobiographical tale starring Van Peebles as a man “who’s always on the move–but always returns to New York.”

Charly, directed and written by Isild Le Besco: 25-year-old French actress Le Besco drew arthouse attention for her role in Benoît Jacquot’s “À tout de suite,” but she’s also directed a doc (about Parisian neighborhood Le Marais) and another feature, “Half-Price,” which premiered at Tribeca in 2004. “Charly,” like “Half-Price,” is set in a world in which children have created a life for themselves.

Sita Sings the Blues, directed and written by Nina Paley: Long-time cartoonist and animator Paley takes on a feature-length film that combines the tale of the break-up of her marriage with the Ramayana.

The full Tribeca schedule and line-up are here.

[Photo: “I Think I Thought,” Matthew Modine, 2007]

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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…

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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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