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The Documentaries We’re Still Talking About

The Documentaries We’re Still Talking About (photo)

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Today at 12:05 p.m. ET on IFC we are showing Harlan County USA a film that documents a 13-month coal miners’ strike in Kentucky that took place between 1973 and 1974. The movie focuses on the desperate plight of the miners who work dangerous jobs, in squalid conditions, with little security and few safety rules. The documentary is not known for its objectivity, but it got people talking, then and now with the rescue of the Chilean miners making global headlines. We started thinking: What other documentaries stick with viewers years after watching them? We turned to twitter to ask documentary fans that very question. Here are their answers. Want in on the action? Follow us @IFCdotcom:

Anvil: The Story of Anvil(suggested by none other than the Village Voice) is by turns a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the struggles and successes of a touring metal band:

Man on Wire documents tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s bold, but illegal, walk between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in 1974:

A career as a professional basketball player is the goal in Hoop Dreams, but it’s the two kids with eyes on the prize who are the stars:

What began as a study of the lasting impact of Sherman’s March on the South devolves into a look inside the life and loves of filmmaker Ross McElwee. Sherman’s March is funny, painful, and intriguing:

Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man is shocking, enthralling, and unsettling and not a film you easily forget:

Errol Morris manages to make American political history fascinating in his study of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in Fog of War:

Who knew spelling could be so awesome? Spellbound is an engaging and heartwarming look at the contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee:

Morgan Spurlock took America’s obsession with fast food and took viewers on a thoughtful, funny, and frightening tour of the industry and its effects in Super Size Me:

Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore’s look at the socio-political backdrop for the school shooting at Columbine High School, topped a lot of lists:

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills is a terrifying look at how the justice system responds to times of crisis. Also notable for the soundtrack provided by Metallica. The West Memphis Three as they’ve come to be known are back in the news with hope of a new trial.:

Harlan County USA airs today on IFC at 12:05 p.m. ET and again Friday, Nov. 26 at 8:05 a.m. ET and at 1:30 p.m. ET and on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 6:00 a.m. ET


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


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…