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IFC’s SXSW Interactive Schedule and Guide to Stratlandia

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So this morning I flew out of LAX double-secret first class Plutonium elite status and finally arrived in Austin where I’ve now toured my personal accommodations (luxury) and the Stratlandia headquarters at IFC Crossroads house (jacked to the gills with indie dopeness). Now I wanted to give you guys just a taste of some of the cutting-edge Interactive coverage and events we’ve got lined up for IFC’s SXSW Livestream over the next several days (the full schedule with film & music is here).

We’ll be adding even more surprise guests, doing some impromptu South By South Best howtutorials, and generally killing it and winning the whole deal. So set your Internet DVR’s (I just invented that, don’t steal my idea), because I’m getting ready to strat-jack Austin into weblivion. Also, if you miss the Livestreams, check back anyway because we’ll be posting the vids separately so they go super viral.

FRIDAY MARCH 11th

My personal guided tour of the IFC Crossroads House. I’ll walk you through the IFC House, showing you all the next-lev tech and innovations. It’ll be like Cribs, except even cooler and classier. (12:30 PM C/1:30 PM ET)

South by South Strat: The Greatest Keynote Speech of All Time. I’ll be doing a live webinar of my famous viral presentation, STRAT, which I proposed to be the keynote for the whole festival this year, but SXSW foolishly rejected. (Streaming live at 1:00p C/2:00p ET)

One of One with Pete Cashmore. I will finally get to sit down with one of my longtime Internet heroes, Pete Cashmore, for a very disruptive strat chat with the (beautiful) man behind social media juggernaut Mashable. (Streaming live at 6:00p C/7:00p ET)

What’s Up With Reggie Watts? Alex will talk to innovative musician/comedian Reggie Watts, and try to figure out what the deal is with his personal brand. (Streaming live at 8:30p C/9:30p ET)

SATURDAY MARCH 12th

One on One With Gary Vaynerchuk. I am super-psyched to “crush it” with strat genius and wine guy Gary V., whose new book The Thank You Economy is blowing up paradigms and changing the way we innovate business. (Streaming TBD)

One on One with Frank Rose. I’m going talk to author and journalist Frank Rose (Wired Magazine) about his new book The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, as well as my own ideas for how to give Hollywood a real sexy Internet makeover. (Streaming TBD)

VYou Party. I’m co-hosting a party with hot new video startup VYou.com, of which I’m a very influential early adopter, and strat-chatting with their PR/social media strat guru Rex Sorgatz.

SUNDAY MARCH 13th

Checking In with Dennis Crowley, Mayor of Foursquare. He’s the man behind one of the biggest start-ups in the social media stratosphere and the reigning champion of buzz from last year’s festival, but now Dennis Crowley will sit down with me to strat chat about the future of Foursquare, and how to unlock the badge of total Internet domination. (Streaming live at 3:00p C/4:00 ET)

Witstream: Retweets on Investment. I’m gonna deep dive into the big business of funny Tweets with actor/comedian Michael Ian Black (The State, Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Lisa Cohen, his co-founder of Witstream, a site that aggregates tweets from Twitter’s top comedians. (Streaming live at 5:30p C/6:30p ET)

MONDAY MARCH 14th

The Meme Machine: “There’s No ‘I’ In ‘Meme’.” I look at the phenomenon of viral meme culture – and try to figure out how to best monetize and exploit it – with thought-leaders Ben Huh (I Can Haz Cheezburger), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed) and Ben Bator (Texts From Last Night). (Streaming live at 1:00p C/2:00p ET)

TUESDAY MARCH 15th

Internetainment Tonight. I am going to ‘talk shop’ and ‘do some deal memos’ about the big business of online showbiz with top ‘industry insiders’ Mike Farah (Funny or Die), Streeter Seidell (CollegeHumor) and Baratunde Thurston (The Onion). (Streaming live at 12:00p C/1:00p ET).

The Podcasters of Comedy. I’m going to learn more about the dynamic, exploding world of comedian-hosted podcasting by geeking out on “best of breed comedy-casters” Scott Aukerman (Comedy Death Ray), Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies) and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast). (Streaming live at 1:00p C/2:00p ET)

IFC Gets Autotuned. Viral video sensations The Gregory Brothers (Autotune the News, Double Rainbow remix, Bed Intruder Song) stop by to teach me a thing or two about getting hits, going viral, and giving the Internet its own robotic-voiced soundtrack. They’re also going to do a live in-studio performance, which should drive upwards of 20 million streams. (Streaming live at 3:00p C/4:00p ET)

#FollowFunny. I’m retweeting and @-replying with some of my favs from comedy and Twitter, Brett Gelman and Eugene Mirman. Please RT. (Streaming live at 4:30p C/5:30p ET)

On top of all that, I’m also gonna have drop-in guests and also and do some business casual strat-chats with even more influencers and buzz-drivers like Rachel Sklar from Hashable, social media guru Brian Solis, web celeb Molly “Molls” McAleer, Deadspin editor AJ Daulerio, Adam Frucci from SplitSider, and many more.

If you need EVEN MORE South By South Strat (and you do), follow my real-time exploits on Twitter and Foursquare.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.