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SXSW 2009 is all lined up.

SXSW 2009 is all lined up. (photo)

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The complete SXSW 2009 film line-up has been unveiled, the first under new head Janet Pierson and, arguably, its first post-mumblecore iteration. Not that there aren’t still plenty of names familiar to anyone acquainted with the movement — it was already announced that Joe Swanberg would be premiering his fifth feature in five years, “Alexander the Last,” at this year’s festival, but his wife and sometimes costar Kris Swanberg will also be debuting her first feature, “It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home,” and collaborators David Lowery and Dia Sokol each have a film of their own, “St. Nick” and “Sorry, Thanks.” And Andrew Bujalski, the One Who Started It All, and who incidentally stars in Sokol’s film, will be bringing his first directorial effort since 2005’s “Mutual Appreciation,” “Beeswax,” to the festival after premiering it at Berlin.

Elsewhere, I’m happy to finally have my chance to see “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” which has been gathering insane praise on the festival circuit for over a year now, still with no distributor in sight; “Zift,” a Bulgarian black and white noir I’ve heard good things about; “The Square,” an Australian noir from Nash Edgerton, whose short films I’ve really liked; “Best Worst Movie,” a doc about “Troll 2”; “New World Order,” from “Darkon” directors Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer; and “Sweethearts of the Rodeo,” a doc about prison rodeos from “Okie Noodling”‘s Bradley Beesley. And I’ll be first in line for the live presentations of Trailers from with Joe Dante and the 10th anniversary of “Office Space” with Mike Judge.

And let me join others in putting out this request — if you want to send a screener for review or interview consideration, please email me at ifcnews (at) ifctv dot com and I’ll give you the address. In an ideal world I’d see every film in a theater at the festival, but I’m not able to bend time and space the way I used to.

Check out the full lineup here.

[Photo: “St. Nick,” Beautiful Confusion Films, 2009]

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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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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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