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SXSW 2012: Ziggy and Karen Marley explain why fans should watch “Marley”

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It’s been more than 30 years since beloved reggae musician Bob Marley passed away, but he still remains as relevant culturally as ever. At least, that’s the angle that documentarian Kevin Macdonald took when he made his film “Marley.”

He premiered the documentary at SXSW alongside Marley’s children Karen and Ziggy, and the three of them caught up with IFC at the festival. They explained why they feel now is still a good time to tell Marley’s story, even though he died in 1981.

“I wanted to tell his story because it’s such an amazing, amazing life story, simply, but also because I don’t think people have really taken on board how Marley is such a unique figure in the cultural history of the 20th century,” Macdonald explained. “If you go anywhere in the world, you’ll find people with Bob Marley t-shirts, singing his songs, playing his music. That cultural significance is extraordinary, so I thought, ‘Why is that?'”

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The film shows Marley’s good side as well as his darker days, but Macdonald felt that it was important to show both aspects of the “One Love” singer’s life. “Otherwise it would be a puff piece and it wouldn’t be a documentary,” he explained. “I think nobody is perfect, and he’s no different from anybody else in that regard. But I, having said that, I think I started the process of making this film as an admirer of him, an admirer of the music, and I ended up feeling like he was a heroic figure.”

Both Karen and Ziggy Marley were happy with the end result of the documentary. They said they feel that “Marley” will give fans of their father the same feeling of closeness with him that they have.

“It humanized him a little bit more, so they’ll probably fall in love with the man even more, and I like that because that’s what I wanted,” Karen said.

Ziggy elaborated, “This is not the icon Bob, this is my brother Bob, my friend Bob. I know who he is now. This is a guy that I knew, you know what I’m saying, instead of a guy that I idolize. This is somebody who did good things but still was one of my close buddies, so that’s what the film does. And I hope people take that away, that feeling closer to Bob.”

Are you looking forward to seeing “Marley” when it hits theaters? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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