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Sundance 2009: “Push” and “We Live in Public” Take the Top Prizes

Sundance 2009: “Push” and “We Live in Public” Take the Top Prizes (photo)

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“Push,” Lee Daniels’ adaptation of performance poet Sapphire’s novel about an abused, illiterate teenager struggling to break free from her hellish homelife in Harlem, was the big winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, picking up both the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, with star Mo’Nique earning a Special Jury Prize for Acting. Ondi Timoner’s film about dot-com golden boy Josh Harris “We Live in Public” snagged the Documentary Grand Jury Prize, while in the World category, Kim Longinotto’s “Rough Aunties” and Sebastián Silva’s “The Maid” were given awards. The complete list of awards follows:

The Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary was presented to “We Live in Public,” directed by Ondi Timoner.

The Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic was presented to “Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire,” directed by Lee Daniels and written by Damien Paul.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to “Rough Aunties,” directed by Kim Longinotto.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to “The Maid” (La Nana), directed by Sebastián Silva.

The Audience Award presented by Honda: U.S. Documentary was presented to “The Cove,” directed by Louie Psihoyos.

The Audience Award presented by Honda: U.S. Dramatic was presented to “Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire.”

The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary was presented to “Afghan Star,” directed by Havana Marking.

The World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to “An Education,” directed by Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by Nick Hornby.

The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary was presented to “El General” and director Natalia Almada.

The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic was presented to “Sin Nombre,” written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary was presented to “Afghan Star.”

The World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic was presented to “Five Minutes of Heaven,” directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel from a screenplay by Guy Hibbert.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award was presented to Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi for “Paper Heart.”

The World Cinema Screenwriting Award was presented to “Five Minutes of Heaven.”

The U.S. Documentary Editing Award was presented to “Sergio,” directed by Greg Barker and edited by Karen Schmeer.

The World Cinema Documentary Editing Award was presented to “Burma VJ,” directed by Anders Østergaard and edited by Janus Billeskov Jansen and Thomas Papapetros.

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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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…