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SXSW 2008: The Winners

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03122008_theykilledsisterdorothy.jpgScreenings for the 2008 SXSW Film Festival (as well as our coverage here at will carry on as the music contingent rolls into Austin, but last night, the winners of the jury and audience awards were announced.

Daniel Junge’s “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” about the murder of activist Dorothy Mae Stang, received both the jury and audience prizes for best documentary, while on the narrative side, Jake Mahaffy’s “Wellness” and Mark Webber’s “Explicit Ills” were given nods by the jury and by the audience. Here’s a full list of the winners:


Grand Jury Award: “Wellness,” dir. Jake Mahaffy
Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast: “Up With Me,” dir. Greg Takoudes
Special Jury Award for Cinematography: “Explicit Ills,” dir. Mark Webber


Grand Jury Award: “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” dir. Daniel Junge
Special Jury Award: “Full Battle Rattle,” dirs. Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss


Winner (Tie): “Warlord,” dir. David Garrett; “Small Apartment,” dir. Andrew T. Betzer
Special Jury Award: “The Second Line,” dir. John Magary


Winner: “Madame Tutli-Putli,” dirs. Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Special Jury Award: “I hate you don’t touch me or Bat and Hat,” dir. Becky James


Winner: “Safari,” dir. Catherine Chalmers
Special Jury Award: “Upwards March,” dir. Kaveh Nabatian


Winner: “Glory at Sea,” dir. Benjamin Zeitlin


Winner: TV on the Radio, “Me-I,” dirs. Mixtape Club & Daniel Garcia
Special Jury Award – (TIE) Group Sounds, “Temporarily in Love,” dirs. Randy Scott Slavin and Cornelius; “Fit Song,” dirs. Keigo Oyamada and Koichiro Tsujikawa


Winner: “Picnic,” dir. Wesley Bronez
Special Jury Award: “Inflections,” dir. Matthew Campbell


Best Original Production: “The Guild,” dir. Jane Selle Morgan
Best Original Series Idea: “Knock Off,” written by Brandi-Ann Milbradt

Audience Awards


Winner: “Explicit Ills,” dir. Mark Webber


Winner: “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” dir. Daniel Junge


Winner: “In a Dream,” dir. Jeremiah Zagar

[Photo: “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” Just Media, 2008]

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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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