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Trailering: SXSW Film

Trailering: SXSW Film (photo)

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We’re just two weeks away from the kick-off of South by Southwest 2011 — and while I’m prepping for our big Spirit Awards weekend, I’m also trying to really dig into this year’s SXSW schedule. Thankfully, SXSW’s YouTube channel has almost 100 trailers uploaded. I picked out five of the more intriguing looking (but maybe a little lesser known) films to share here. This is what I picked:

“Fightville”
Directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein
SXSW Premiere: Saturday March 12, 4:30 PM, Vimeo Theater

The newest documentary from the directors of “Gunner Palace” is the story of what a baseball fan like me would describe as the “minor leagues” of Mixed Martial Arts: the training ground where young fighters are made or destroyed. MMA is a huge part of the modern sports scene but it’s been almost completely unexamined from a documentary perspective, so I’m really looking forward to seeing this.


“Surrogate Valentine”
Directed by Dave Boyle
SXSW Premiere: Saturday March 12, 1:30 PM, Alamo Ritz

This film has one of those irresistible hooks: a musician (Goh Nakamura) plays himself in a film he co-wrote. Nakamura plays Goh, a down-on-his-luck San Francisco singer/songwriter who gets the opportunity to teach a TV star (Chadd Stoops) to play guitar for a part in a friend’s movie. The trailer promises pretty black and white photography and prettier acoustic ballads.


“Turkey Bowl”
Directed by Kyle Smith
SXSW Premiere: Saturday March 12, 11:15AM

Ah, the siren song of the real-time movie: so powerful when it works, so painful when it doesn’t. Can’t say I’ve seen a lot of real time comedies, which makes “Turkey Bowl” particularly enticing. It’s about an annual football game between old friends, and it lasts as long as the game does, a little over one hour. SXSW.com has an interview with director Kyle Smith, who made the film with many of his own buddies and encouraged his actors to improvise their dialogue, particularly in the realm of game-time trash talk.


“Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja”
Directed by Billy Corben
SXSW Premiere: Saturday March 12, 9:30 PM, Vimeo Theater

Billy Corben, director of “Cocaine Cowboys,” tackles the Southern Florida marijuana trade of the 1970s, when out-of-work fisherman turned to pot smuggling to feed their families. The trailer looks like it’s got a ton of interesting characters and twice as many interesting beards.


“A Mouthful”
Directed by Sally Rowe
SXSW Premiere: Sunday March 13, 11:00 AM, Vimeo Theater

I don’t have time to watch a lot of television, but I’m fascinated by cooking shows, which is weird because I don’t cook. This documentary looks like the best cooking show ever mixed with a “mad genius” documentary like “Man on Wire”: Paul Liebrandt was the youngest chef to ever receive a three star review from the New York Times but still managed to find himself unemployed and floundering. And, yes, by God, that was a fish pun.


Also: here’s a little coming attraction from myself. It is cold and rainy here in New York City. Can’t wait for some of that Austin sunshine. And by sunshine, I mean barbecue sauce.

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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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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…

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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.

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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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