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What to Watch on IFC in February

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bnr_spiritwatch.gifFebruary is often called the month of love, and we here at IFC love us some indie film. That’s why this month we’re proud to bring you the ceremony that honors talent without the BS of who’s wearing what — the 2009 Spirit Awards. Hot off the heels of 2008’s big winner, “Juno,” this year promises salutes to other potential breakout films. “Rachel Getting Married,” “Ballast” and “Frozen River” lead the pack with six nominations each. Plus, in the comeback of the year, Mickey Rourke is up for his phenomenal performance in “The Wrestler.” For more on other nominees and Awards pre-gaming upto the live event, check out’s online coverage, and the 2009 Spirit Awards Nominations special, airing all month long on the network. Then, find out who wins when the 2009 Spirit Awards are presented live on IFC Saturday, February 21st at 5PM Eastern/2PM Pacific.

310x229_monstersball.jpgIn the weekends leading up to the Spirit Awards, we’ve lined up a Best Fest of past winners and nominees from previous ceremonies. Catch the gala featuring Best Documentary winner “Bowling for Columbine”; “Monster’s Ball,” which was nominated for Best Screenplay; Best First Feature and Screenplay winner “The Opposite of Sex”; Best First Feature “Garden State”; “Kinsey,” a film with four Spirit nominations under its belt; and “Far From Heaven,” which swept the awards with five wins for Best Director, Feature, Cinematography, Female Lead and Supporting Male. The buck doesn’t stop there — there’s also much, much more. Tune in February 14th-15th and February 21st-22nd, and check out the schedule for a full list of films.

Also, in honor of Black History Month, IFC presents a night of films dedicated to some of the industry’s most talented African American filmmakers. Thursday, February 5th beginning at 6:30PM E/P, don’t miss an in-depth documentary on Melvin Van Peebles, “How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company and Enjoy It,” Denzel Washington’s feature directorial debut “Antwone Fisher,” Spike Lee’s film on African American portrayal in the media, “Bamboozled,” and “The Glass Shield,” directed by Charles Burnett.


  • PIZZA Ethan Embry plays a pizza delivery man who forms a bond with an overweight and lonely high school girl he takes along his rounds in this charming comedy. Premieres Monday, February 2nd @ 8PM E/P.
  • HOLY SMOKE Don’t miss Kate Winslet, recent double Golden Globe winner, in one of her earlier roles as a woman who learns new things about herself both spiritually and sexually. Premieres Monday, February 9th @ 8PM E/P.
  • STARTUP.COM The start of the end of the internet boom days are captured in this documentary, produced by D.A. Pennebaker, about the rise and fall of Premieres Wednesday, February 18th @ 11AM E/P.
  • LAND OF PLENTY Famed German filmmaker Wim Wenders directs this film about two people who, while dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, embark on a road trip after discovering the body of a Muslim boy. Michelle Williams stars. Premieres Monday, February 23rd @ 8PM E/P.
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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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