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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.