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“Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies” director Patrick Forbes talks Julian Assange at SXSW

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One of the more interesting documentaries to shake up SXSW this year is “Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies,” a film that seeks to set the definitive factual account of Julian Assange and his rise to infamy thanks to Wikileaks. The 76-minute-long documentary is directed by BAFTA-winner Patrick Forbes, who took the time out of his busy SXSW schedule to chat with IFC following the premiere of his film.

Needless to say, putting together the project was a bit of a juggling act. But one of the most interesting components of Forbes’ doc is that it includes interviews with the ever-elusive Assange where he talks about how Wikileaks learned about so many of the world’s secrets.

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“He’s curiously charming,” Forbes said of Assange. “The funniest thing, as everyone says in the movie, is he is charming.”

There were many components that came together to make Wikileaks as big a force as it became. Forbes explained that his largest difficulty with the documentary wasn’t finding a way to have those components tell a cohesive story, but rather to have the people involved with Wikileaks talk about it in his documentary.

“The biggest challenge is actually getting them to appear and tell their story. Sorting it all out afterwards, that’s not a challenge, that’s the interesting bit,” Forbes said. “The biggest challenge is getting those people to say yes, and then, once you’ve done that, then you can start to sort it all out.”

And the story is an interesting one. Wikileaks was launched in 2006, but became a political force to be reckoned with in 2010. The story behind the websites features Assange, an American soldier who leaked private government information and was soon arrested, and a British journalist who became intrigued by the Wikileaks website and offered to assist Assange in his distribution of the information.

“So they get together, and they publish first a whole bunch documents about Afghanistan and it reveals a very dirty war. Slightly what you’d expect: assassinations squads are out there, people are being killed in the middle of the night,” Forbes explained. When it is mentioned that his film is often more terrifying than actual news footage, Forbes adds, “That’s what I should be doing, isn’t it?”

Do you want to see “Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies”? Are you intrigued by this behind-the-scenes tale of the infamous website? Tell us in the comments section below, and make sure to follow all of our SXSW coverage here or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 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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