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Tribeca: Look who’s directing now.

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03312008_ithinkithought.jpgI’ve been shamefully avoiding looking over the Tribeca line-up until now because it’s just so damn big. Finally, the deed is done, and it seems a good time to give a few shout-outs to some unexpected names showing up as directors:

I Think I Thought, directed and written by Matthew Modine: “To think, or not to think, that is the question in I Think I Thought,” the program helpfully tells us of this short. Modine’s actually directed a few shorts before (in addition to his direct-to-DVD feature debut, “One Last Score”). The first, 1993’s “When I was a Boy,” was co-directed by “Little Children”‘s Todd Field, while 1994’s “Smoking” was written by David Sedari, and 1997’s “Ecce Pirate” was shot at the same time as “Cutthroat Island.”

Irish Twins, directed and written by Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong: The actor best known as Shawn Hunter of “Boy Meets World” teams up with his real-life sibling to direct and star in a short about how “brothers Michael and Seamus come to blows over their father’s ashes.”

Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, directed by Adam Yauch. (USA): The Beastie Boys’ MCA sheds the Nathanial Hörnblowér alias under which he’s been credited for his past directorial work and leads with his real name in the doc about Rucker Park’s “Elite 24” tournament.

Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha, directed and written by Melvin Van Peebles: Van Peebles hasn’t directed a feature since 2000’s “Le Conte du Ventre Plein,” which never made it to these shores for a theatrical release. “Confessions” is a semi-autobiographical tale starring Van Peebles as a man “who’s always on the move–but always returns to New York.”

Charly, directed and written by Isild Le Besco: 25-year-old French actress Le Besco drew arthouse attention for her role in Benoît Jacquot’s “À tout de suite,” but she’s also directed a doc (about Parisian neighborhood Le Marais) and another feature, “Half-Price,” which premiered at Tribeca in 2004. “Charly,” like “Half-Price,” is set in a world in which children have created a life for themselves.

Sita Sings the Blues, directed and written by Nina Paley: Long-time cartoonist and animator Paley takes on a feature-length film that combines the tale of the break-up of her marriage with the Ramayana.

The full Tribeca schedule and line-up are here.

[Photo: “I Think I Thought,” Matthew Modine, 2007]

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

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