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Banksy Takes the Top Prize at the Cinema Eye Documentary Honors

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Last night’s fourth annual Cinema Eye Honors, the awards show dedicated entirely to documentary excellence, belonged to street artist Banksy. His film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” took home two awards including the film’s top prize for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and the man himself delivered the acceptance speech of the night. Well, not quite the man himself, since Banksy was a no show (obviously, since nobody outside of one random seller on eBay). But “Gift Shop” producer Jaimie D’Cruz, accepting the award on Banksy’s behalf, read some words the man himself had prepared. And they were fantastic. After some pleasantries, D’Cruz got down to business. I had my tape recorder rolling. Here was Banksy’s speech:

“Now’s not the time for long, rambling speeches. I’ll leave that for the director of ‘Waiting for Superman.’

I’d like to thank the Cinema Eye awards. It’s great to be recognized by people who are so obsessed with the documentary genre — in other words people who are even more socially retarded than myself.

I guess some of you may be getting a bit suspicious about me. How can you know that this award is real? But I’d like to categorically assure you that this evening’s awards are not being staged by actors for a parody I’m making about film awards.

I’d like to thank anyone who worked on the movie. Almost all of them did a great job. And I’d like to dedicate this award to anyone out there who’s ever looked at the state of this world and though: ‘I can’t just stand idly by and watch this happen. I need to get it on tape.’ Thank you and have a good evening.”

The other big winner of the night was “Last Train Home,” Lixin Fan’s documentary about one Chinese couple traveling to their family home to celebrate the New Year. It won three awards — the most of any film — for best production, cinematography, and international feature (i.e. best foreign documentary). Here’s the full list of Cinema Eye winners. You can find out more about the show at CinemaEyeHonors.com.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Outstanding Achievement in Direction: Laura Poitras, “The Oath”
Outstanding Achievement in Production: Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross, “Last Train Home”
Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Chris King and Tom Fulford, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Lixin Fan, “Last Train Home”
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score: Norbert Möslang, “The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy”
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation: Juan Cardarelli and Alex Tyson, “Gasland”
Outstanding Achievement in an International Feature: “Last Train Home”
Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film: “Marwencol”
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking: “The Poodle Trainer”
Audience Choice Prize: “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
Legacy Award: “Grey Gardens”
Spotlight Award: “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucascu”
Heterodox Award: “Putty Hill”

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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