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Eat local, film local.

Eat local, film local. (photo)

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Dieter Kosslick, head of the Berlin Film Festival, tells Screen Daily that despite all the complaining being done, he thinks things are fine in the independent film realm. Never better, in fact: it’s in “the best of health”:

In the past two or three years, there were films with big issues like globalisation or capitalist exploitation of the environment, but now we are going back to local subjects and what is happening on a more personal level. The filmmakers are more concerned with social changes in their immediate surroundings.

That’s a welcome relief if it spares us more of the likes of “Babel” and its ilk. It’s also intriguing on a film-locavore level.

Kosslick is speaking from the top of the ivory tower, film-festival-wise — things like distribution and financial viability aren’t his concerns. He’s just looking for the best mix of movies. As a couple of angry commenters at the bottom of the article note, he doesn’t address the question of how indie film can sustain itself financially. They point out that having a glut of festival films doesn’t translate the filmmakers getting paid enough to keep working, or to distribution, or to available screens for those movies.

Still, I like the idea of local filmmaking as a response to the indie film crisis — it’s reminds me, oddly enough, of what Michael Ruppert suggests in Chris Smith’s apocadoc “Collapse,” that the only sustainable way to live going forward into the future will be local sources of everything: food, solar power, etc.

I’ve long been frustrated by the lack of location-specific American movies, of, really, regional cinema, and what I think Kosslick’s inadvertently brought up is the idea that local filmmaking — to a very small extent — can work. Indie film cities can create screening venues and support networks for themselves as a way of providing a bedrock of support for emerging talent.

How to get from there into the larger world? No clue. But just as Ruppert’s wrong in predicting the world as we know it is coming to an end in the next 20 years, everyone prophesying the similar impending end of indie film is wrong as well. Kosslick’s not wrong — as with the solar panels, local filmmaking (thematically and practically) is where it’s at. And thank goodness.

[Photos: “Babel,” Paramount Vantage, 2006; “Collapse,” Vitagraph Fims, 2009]

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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

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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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