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What to Watch on IFC in February

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bnr_spiritwatch.gifFebruary is often called the month of love, and we here at IFC love us some indie film. That’s why this month we’re proud to bring you the ceremony that honors talent without the BS of who’s wearing what — the 2009 Spirit Awards. Hot off the heels of 2008’s big winner, “Juno,” this year promises salutes to other potential breakout films. “Rachel Getting Married,” “Ballast” and “Frozen River” lead the pack with six nominations each. Plus, in the comeback of the year, Mickey Rourke is up for his phenomenal performance in “The Wrestler.” For more on other nominees and Awards pre-gaming upto the live event, check out IFC.com’s online coverage, and the 2009 Spirit Awards Nominations special, airing all month long on the network. Then, find out who wins when the 2009 Spirit Awards are presented live on IFC Saturday, February 21st at 5PM Eastern/2PM Pacific.

310x229_monstersball.jpgIn the weekends leading up to the Spirit Awards, we’ve lined up a Best Fest of past winners and nominees from previous ceremonies. Catch the gala featuring Best Documentary winner “Bowling for Columbine”; “Monster’s Ball,” which was nominated for Best Screenplay; Best First Feature and Screenplay winner “The Opposite of Sex”; Best First Feature “Garden State”; “Kinsey,” a film with four Spirit nominations under its belt; and “Far From Heaven,” which swept the awards with five wins for Best Director, Feature, Cinematography, Female Lead and Supporting Male. The buck doesn’t stop there — there’s also much, much more. Tune in February 14th-15th and February 21st-22nd, and check out the schedule for a full list of films.

Also, in honor of Black History Month, IFC presents a night of films dedicated to some of the industry’s most talented African American filmmakers. Thursday, February 5th beginning at 6:30PM E/P, don’t miss an in-depth documentary on Melvin Van Peebles, “How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company and Enjoy It,” Denzel Washington’s feature directorial debut “Antwone Fisher,” Spike Lee’s film on African American portrayal in the media, “Bamboozled,” and “The Glass Shield,” directed by Charles Burnett.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR

  • PIZZA Ethan Embry plays a pizza delivery man who forms a bond with an overweight and lonely high school girl he takes along his rounds in this charming comedy. Premieres Monday, February 2nd @ 8PM E/P.
  • HOLY SMOKE Don’t miss Kate Winslet, recent double Golden Globe winner, in one of her earlier roles as a woman who learns new things about herself both spiritually and sexually. Premieres Monday, February 9th @ 8PM E/P.
  • STARTUP.COM The start of the end of the internet boom days are captured in this documentary, produced by D.A. Pennebaker, about the rise and fall of Govworks.com. Premieres Wednesday, February 18th @ 11AM E/P.
  • LAND OF PLENTY Famed German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs this film about two people who, while dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, embark on a road trip after discovering the body of a Muslim boy. Michelle Williams stars. Premieres Monday, February 23rd @ 8PM E/P.
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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.

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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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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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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