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What’s Up In October

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu,” Film Arts Guild/Kino]

The Films of Dziga Vertov

Oct 1 -8

NYC’s Anthology Film Archives presents another of its Essential Cinema series, this time focusing on one of the premier documentarians of the Soviet Cinema, Dziga Vertov. Be sure to catch his influential experimental film “The Man with a Movie Camera.”

Otto Preminger: Notorious

Oct 1-29

This month-long series at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art provides a centenary tribute to the provocative director and offers a chance to view his most beloved films with his seldom-seen work. We recommend catching the rarely screened German version of his 1953 “The Moon is Blue,” shot while his American actors took breaks.

Oscar’s Docs, Part Two: 1961 – 1976

Oct 2-30

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (in Beverly Hills) continues its ongoing retrospective, showcasing each of the Oscar winners for Best Documentary between the years 1961 and 1976. This month’s screenings focus on the years 1965 and 1972, featuring films about civil unrest in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and interviews with American soldiers in Vietnam about the My Lai Massacres.

Coney Island Film Festival

Oct 6-8

Enjoy a dose of good ol’ fashioned carny culture at the Coney Island Film Festival in Brooklyn. Opening night offers live performances by sideshow and burlesque stars, along with a screening of “American Carny: True Tales of the Circus Sideshow.”

The New Yorker Festival

Oct 6-8

The New Yorker Festival returns for its seventh year in a celebratory weekend of public discourse on arts and ideas taking place at multiple venues in NYC…that’s at the time of writing this already almost entirely sold out. Damn. We’d go to the “Milos Forman talks with David Denby” if only we could.

The First Annual Canine Film Festival

Oct 7-8

San Francisco hosts the first ever festival dedicated solely to films starring man’s best friend. Comedian Fred Willard will be present for a special screening of Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show.” Ironically, dogs are not allowed in the theater.

Banking on Heaven with Laurie Allen

Oct 8

Polygamy is all the rage in 2006: first HBO’s “Big Love” and now “Banking on Heaven,” a new doc about the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints communities of Colorado City, AZ and Hilldale, UT. Producer/writer Laurie Allen, who escaped the polygamous lifestyle at age 16, will be on hand for a discussion following this screening, at Tucson, AZ’s Loft Cinema.

An Independent Spirit: Monte Hellman

Oct 12-17

The Brooklyn Academy of Music rewards cult director Monte Hellman this month with a retrospective that includes many of his much-loved low-budget genre films, which often starred Jack Nicholson or Warren Oates. Be sure to catch the Nicholson-penned “Ride in the Whirlwind,” followed by a Q & A with the director.

Frankenfest: Frankenstein Through the Ages

Oct 13-Nov 1

From Boris Karloff to Peter Boyle, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has been a cultural icon of the American cinema since the earliest days of Hollywood sound. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the release of Universal’s classic version of “Frankenstein,” and DC’s AFI Silver Theatre honors this horror legacy with a retrospective of Hollywood re-imaginings and re-tellings of the Shelley classic.

Vienna International Film Festival

Oct 13-25

This Austrian film festival dedicates itself to showcasing the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable. This year’s festival will include a special tribute to British punk documentarian Peter Whitehead and the special program “Tales of the Jungle,” which explores the use of the jungle as a cinematographic motif in film.

Kill Bill: The Unseen, Uncensored Full-Length Cut

Oct 14

Quentin Tarantino promises to be on hand at the Alamo Theater in Austin, TX, for a special full-length screening of his “Kill Bill” films. It’s already sold out, but we’re hoping this will eventually lead to either a theatrical or DVD release of the full-length cut. C’mon…please?

From The Tsars To The Stars: A Journey Through Russian Fantastik Cinema

Oct 19-25

American Cinematheque puts together an awesome series of Russian sci-fi, fantasy and horror films at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, sprawling from “Aelita: Queen of Mars” to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece “Solaris.”

The Blood Is The Life – Vampires On Film And Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon!

Oct 25-28

Vampires and films have always been joined at the hip — from F. W. Murnau’s silent “Nosferatu” to Joel Schumacher’s unintentionally (?) camp “The Lost Boys.” Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre has a bloodsucking horrorthon spanning the ages.

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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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