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SXSW announces first round of 2012 film panels

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It’s kind of insane that we’re about to start talking about next year’s South by Southwest and it’s still October. Just last week I reposted a video from this year’s SXSW! But here we go: today SXSW announced their first round of film programming, a preliminary list of panels you’ll be able to check out next March in Austin, Texas. Highlights include a conversation with “Drive” and “Contagion” composer Cliff Martinez, a chat about arts criticism in the age of Twitter, and the return of the legendary “Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop.” My favorite panel title on the list? “The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema.” It’s sort of hard for douchebags to evolve — that’s kind of what makes them douchebags — but I think I know what they’re getting at.

The full list of announced panels is below. And, hey, it’s not too late to submit your feature or short to the festival; the deadline is November 15. If you’ve got a movie about evolved douchebags, this could be your year. Ride that zeitgeist.

3 R’s of Horror: Remakes, Reboots and Rediscoveries
(Organized by KW Low / Dread Central Media)

A Conversation with Cliff Martinez

Alternative Film Events: Site Specific and Beyond
(Organized by Delicia Harvey / Aurora Picture Show)

Artists Scoring Movies: Creating an Original Music Catalog for the Latest Trend in Film Composing
(Organized by Kier Lehman / Sony Pictures)

Arts Criticism 140 Characters at a Time
(Organized by Jen Nedeau / TIME Magazine)

Behind the Pure Evil (The Saga of Todd & the Book of Pure Evil)
(Organized by Andrew Rosen / Aircraft Pictures)

Beyond Netflix and iTunes: Your Film’s Unique Digital Distribution Strategy
(Organized by Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber, Inc)

Beyond the 1 Sheet – Pen to Paper Returns
(Organized by Charlie Loft / AllCity Media)

Bringing Sexy Back: Where’s The Line Today?
(Organized by Lisa Vandever / CineKink)

Carbon Film Quote – Putting the Carbon Footprint in Your Production Bid
(Organized by Steffen Gentis / BBDO Proximity Germany)

Casting on a Budget: Get the Best and the Rightest
(Organized by Paul Schnee, Barden / Schnee Casting, Inc.)

Coppola Vs. Kittens: Pro Filmmaking’s Online Future
(Organized by Karyn Campbell / The IdeaLists)

Diversity Counts: Auteur’s, Actors and Audiences
(Organized by Vicente Williams / Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee)

The DIY on Shorts Distribution. Who’s Got This?
(Organized by Christine Boulware / IndieFilmz)

Doc Distribution from A to Z with an Emphasis on “E” for the Educational Market
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

Does HTML5 Offer a Montage Moment for Web Cinema?
(Organized by Brian Chirls / Three Eyed Labs, LLC)

Don’t Forget About Me! How to Remember Everything at SXSW (and beyond)
(Organized by Mark Channon / Memory School)

Empowering Filmmakers: How to Take Control of Your Marketing & Distribution
(Organized by Marc Schiller / BOND Strategy and Influence)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants
(Organized by Dianne Debicella / Fractured Atlas)

The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
(Organized by Robyn Sklaren / TV and Film Consultant)

Faster, Pussycat! Shoot! Shoot!
(Organized by Ryan O’Hara Theisen / Lucky Branded Entertainment)

Festivals and the Film Distribution Business
(Organized by Nick Roddick / London Film School)

Filmmaker’s Guide to Capitol Hill Politics
(Organized by Jody Arlington / Impact + Arts Film Fund)

The GeekFamily Guide to the Movies
(Organized by Jason Cranford Teague / GeekDad/Wired)

Hollywood Lessons: What I Learned the Hard Way
(Organized by John Lang / Rough & Tumble Films)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love VOD
(Organized by Matt Harlock / American The Movie Ltd.)

How Libraries and Archives Can Help You in “Pre” and “Post”
(Organized by Jo Angela Oehrli / University of Michigan)

In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend
(Organized by Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress)

In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World
(Organized by Sommer Hixon / New Video)

In The Cut: Editing a Killer Editing Sample
(Organized by Kyle Henry / Northwestern University)

It’s Not About the Budget
(Organized by Barry Ryan / Warp Films/Warp X)

Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop

Market Place Live
(Organized by Charlie Bloye / Film Export UK)

The Power of Super 8 Film
(Organized by Jaclyn Vigeant / Pro8mm)

Print to Portal: Turning a Film Mag into a Brand
(Organized by Tiffany Pritchard / Little White Lies)

Shooting the Non Scripted Feature Film for Writing in the Edit
(Organized by Benjamin Kasulke / Director of Photography)

Timing is Everything: How to Maximize Your PR
(Organized by Lewis Kay / PMK*BNC)

Tweaking Your Living Room to Director Standards
(Organized by Chris Armbrust / THX Ltd.)

WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop
(Organized by Deena Kalai / Deena Kalai, PLLC)

SXSW 2012 runs March 9-18. What panel are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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.