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Rooftop shorts on the web.

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06052008_morningsun.jpgShorts from the Rooftop Films Series are back for the summer at — there’ll be three new films online each week here, but you can also find them through the Rooftop Films Blog, where the Rooftop crew will be posting information, commentary and interviews along with each film. They’ll be posting 100 films over the next few months — here’s what’s online so far:

The Morning Sun (Bryan Wizemann, 5:30)
A woman wakes up, takes a shower, gets dressed, and leaves the house. In this fascinating and ephemeral film — a study in the use of available light and narrative restraint — it’s up the audience to string together the pieces of her morning, and the night before.

Eric The Secret (Joe Quinn, 3:50)
Lonely and bored, two friends mess with their head (the one hidden behind the couch). A story of pathos, perversion and secret playpals.

Mad Cows Vs. Crazy Eyes Dolphin (Ian Stewart, 5:40)
A sobering animated expose about how Mad Cow Disease is now killing dolphins. Via karate.

Devil’s Teeth (Roger Teich, 8:30)
A film about Ron Elliot, the only sea urchin diver who works the Farallon Islands, even though he regularly encounters enormous sharks. With a grant from the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund, Roger Teich constructed an underwater helmet camera using a black and white surveillance video lens and cable so Ron can use his hands freely while the footage records the eerie underwater world, at the margins of grace and terror.

Roswell (Bill Brown, 19:17)
Bill Brown drifts through New Mexico trying to find out what caused that lonely spacecraft to crash land in a tiny town in American desert half a century ago.

Vision Test (Wes Kim, 5:39)
Who would you feel most comfortable with as CEO of a Fortune 500 company? What begins as a routine eye exam turns into an examination of people’s subconscious attitudes towards race, gender and power.

Hot Dog Man (Joyce Ventimiglia & Jim Haverkamp, 5:45)
Director of Last Pack (Rooftop 7/14/01) and Armor of God (Rooftop 6/28/02). A hilarious and poignant home movie about an absurd American icon, a giant self-devouring hot dog statue in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

[Photo: Bryan Wizemann’s “The Morning Sun,” courtesy of Rooftop Films, 2008]

+ Rooftop Films Short Film Showcase (IFC)

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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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