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The Tate’s user-generated movie.

The Tate’s user-generated movie. (photo)

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The Tate’s not the first museum to get into moviemaking — the past year alone saw “Face,” directed by Tsai Ming-Liang and commissioned by the Louvre, and Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” which at least started off as part of a project for the Musée d’Orsay.

But the Tate is thinking bigger and way more mainstream. It’s giving Aardman Animation four million pounds for an animated film that’ll be co-created by children across the UK.

The “Wallace & Gromit” folks won’t just be overseeing a movie. Children will by able to attend workshops that will introduce them to drawing and animation skills, and they’ll then help create a storyline, which a screenwriter will use to create a script that’s “two-thirds complete, with holes in it to which children can contribute ideas,” according to Aardman co-founder/chairman David Sproxton. (Example: a call for images reading “We need trees.”)

Elsewhere at the Guardian, Andrew Pulver is skeptical about the low price tag and other things: “Will the workshops be much more than long-lead marketing devices? Will the final film simply be a sludge of kiddie cliches?” As he points out, the only other movie he can think of that was crowdsourced was 2008’s entirely forgettable (and undistributed in the US) “Faintheart,” where the voices of thousands added up to mass-approved sitcom mush.

London hopes to use the film, however it might turn out, to promote the upcoming 2012 Olympics. Even if the project fails to reach the target one million children and warp their little minds, it could still be a mass public arts project on a scale unseen in some time. At any rate, the making-of is probably going to be more interesting than the end result.

[Photo: “Creature Comforts,” CBS, 2007]


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.


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…


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.