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Caravans of animation riding into the future.

Caravans of animation riding into the future. (photo)

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I can’t say that I spend all my nights up sleepless worrying over the future of short-form animation; it is, however, easy to say that it’s hard to know where new audiences will come for any commercially marginalized form of film, be it a three-minute short or a three-hour arthouse epic. So hat-tip to Cartoon Brew for pointing me to the Puck Cinema Caravana, a small RV-type vehicle that rolls around Spain, inviting seven people at a time to come in and watch “a wide selection of international films from all around the world that have been made throughout time” you won’t see on your TV.

This is a pretty awesome idea, if not entirely unique: as pointed out in the comments, there’s also — on a larger scale — The Groovy Movie Picture House and Estonia’s Kinobus. This is, nonetheless, a neat little model that bears further investigation. To the extent the Internet has democratized the short-film playing field a bit — i.e., it’s easier than ever to get people to check out reasonably short material on YouTube — you still have to push yourself to find that stuff, meaning you have to be aware that there’s something other than dumb memes and music videos available. And how do you promote that awareness? By traveling from one small town to another, peddling cinematic gateway drugs to bored youth without many options and sending them back to their computers full of energy and inspiration.

The problem, obviously, is that many small towns in America have found a way to fill the void: sports, specifically football, frequently to the exclusion of all else. But non-profit, touring vans staffed by the devoted bearing different — but not too exclusionary — shorts/features/what-have-you could be a very useful tool indeed. And, of course, careful self-promotion helps. The Puck Cinema Caravan’s totally adorable trailer is below:

Puck Cinema Caravana from carles porta on Vimeo.

[Photo: from the above trailer, made by Carles Porta/Ruben Hengesbach/Toni Tomas, 2009.]

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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