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SXSW 2009: The Winners

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“Made in China,” a comedy about a Texan boy who heads to Shanghai to capitalize on his novelty invention idea, and “45365,” a documentary about everyday life in a small town in Ohio, took the top prizes at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival this year. Tennessee drama “That Evening Sun” and Katrina pet rescue doc “Mine” took the audiences awards. The full list of winners is below:

Feature Jury Awards

Documentary Feature: “45365,” director: Bill Ross
An inquiring look at everyday life in Middle America, the film explores the congruities of daily life in an American town Sidney, Ohio.

Honorable Mention: “The Way We Get By,” director: Aron Gaudet
On call 24/7 for the past 6 years, a group of senior citizens transform their lives by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.

Narrative Feature: “Made in China,” director: Judi Krant
Lost in Shanghai, an inventor discovers that it takes more than a bright idea to succeed.

Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast: “That Evening Sun,” director: Scott Teems
A ruthless grudge match between two old foes. Lines are drawn, threats are made, and the simmering tension under the Tennessee sun erupts, inevitably, into savagery.

Audience Awards

Emerging Visions: “Motherland,” director: Jennifer Steinman
Six grieving mothers journey to Africa in order to test the theory that “giving is healing.”

Documentary Feature: “Mine,” director: Geralyn Pezanoski
After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of pets were rescued and adopted by families around the country, leading to many custody battles. Through these stories, the film examines issues of race, class and animal welfare in the U.S.

Narrative Feature: “That Evening Sun,” director: Scott Teems

Special Jury Awards

SXSW & AIGA Austin Movie Poster Award: “The Dungeon Masters,” director: Keven Macalester
Designer: David Plunkert, Spur Design, LLC

SXSW / Chicken & Egg Emergent Woman Award: “Made in China,” director: Judi Krant

SXSW Wholphin Short Film Award: “Sister Wife,” director: Jill Orschel
In a time when the practices of Mormon fundamentalism offer sensational fodder for the evening news, Sister Wife offers a rare glimpse into the cloistered lifestyle.

Shorts Jury Awards

Reel Shorts: “Thompson,” director: Jason Tippet
Since second grade Matt and Ryan have shared the bond of speech impediments, weapons, and things that go fast. But as their last days of high school speed by, the two friends find that their go-carts, dirt bikes, and RC cars can’t outrun adulthood.

Special Jury Award: “Happy 95 Birthday Grandpa,” director: Gary Huggins
A fleeting memory in five minutes.

Animated Shorts: “Shaman,” director: Luc Perez
Waiting for the bus on a rainy day in Copenhagen, the old shaman Utaaq sees a rare bird from his past. This makes him reminisce his youth, and a beautiful tale about the forces of nature begins.

Special Jury Award: “Sweet Dreams,” director: Kirsten Lepore
A Stalwart cupcake escapes from his native land to discover what lies beyond the sugar skyscrapers and candy-condos. His violent shipwreck on a foreign shore forces him to adapt to a new lifestyle.

Experimental Shorts: “Cattle Call,” director: Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk
A high-speed animated documentary about the art of livestock auctioneering.

Special Jury Award: “The Idiot Stinks,” director: Helder Sun
Animation, Angst, Media, Martians and Miscommunication.

Music Video Winner: Thunderheist, “Jerk It”
Director: That Go-Noel Paul & Stefan Moore

Special Jury Award: Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal”
Director: Sean Pecknold

Jury Special Mention: New Pornographers, “Myriad Harbor”
Director: Fluorescent Hill

Texas High School Competition: “Performance Evaluation,” director: Breannah Gibson

Special Jury Award: TIE, “Fresh Fruit,” director: Edward Kelley & Brenden Cicoria; “A Hospital Bathroom,” director: Miguel Johnson

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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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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