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The big ‘dance.

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Victory for who now?And the little(r) ‘dance: What do you do when your documentary is accepted into not just (c’mon, as if there were a question) the festival you founded years ago as a fuck-you alternative to a certain other overexposed larger festival your films had been rejected from, but also into said overexposed larger festival? You suck it up and sell out is what, just like you’d still totally say yes if that guy on the high school baseball team you’d had a crush on called you up to ask you out, even if he’d gotten all fat and married, and probably still lives in your lousy suburban hometown anyway…

What were we talking about again? Yes, as Charles Lyons at the New York Times points out, Paul Rachman, one of the Slamdance founders, got a film ("American Hardcore") in the Midnight program at Sundance:

"A lot of things went through my head," said Mr. Rachman, seated in an
East Village coffee shop on Saturday. "Slamdance started as an
anti-establishment and underground event, so Slamdance would be the
expected audience. But I realized we are telling this story more for a
mainstream audience, and Sundance is a bigger stage for that."

Isn’t it, though? There are really two sides to every coin, aren’t there? Over at indieWIRE, M.L. Liu has the list of the 12 film projects invited to the January 2006 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, an experience some might call a great chance to develop one’s film with the help of experienced screenwriters, and others might refer to as a great chance to mold one’s film into one of the identical navel-picking productions the Lab has become known for. We’re pleased to see Cary Fukunaga up there — he was our favorite "Film School" side character, and, in a futile attempt to save ourselves from total inanity today, we should also say that we were very impressed by his "Victoria Para Chino" at the New York Film Festival.

+ Sundance or Slamdance? A Rebel Director Gets His Pick (NY Times)
+ Sundance Announces Slate for Winter ’06 Screenwriters Lab (indieWIRE)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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