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What to Watch on IFC in February

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With preparations for the 2010 Spirit Awards underway, IFC is celebrating all month with past winners and nominees of the prestigious indie film honor. Thursday, February 25th, beginning at 6am, tune in for an all day festival featuring Best First Feature winners “Garden State” and “Heathers.” Plus, check out Harvey Keitel’s winning performance in Abel Ferrara’s corrupt police drama “Bad Lieutenant.”

And catch other fine films that have a Spirit Award nomination under their belt, including Dito Montiel’s coming-of-age autobiographical story “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” troubled teens in “Blue Car” and “Trans,” a flesh-eating horror in “Cabin Fever,” and a girl who dabbles in love on both sides of the fence in “Kissing Jessica Stein.” Don’t miss the best in indie, or the 2010 Spirit Awards, which will air live on IFC Friday, March 5th.

310x229_neardark.jpgAnd this Valentine’s Day, IFC is proving love really does bite with a slew of vampire films. Don’t miss Russian blockbuster “Night Watch,” based on the first in a series of horror novels. Then, catch “Near Dark,” the debut film from “The Hurt Locker”‘s Kathryn Bigelow, revolving around a guy who joins a vampire family after falling for one of the members. Rounding out the lovefest of fright, Willem Defoe gives a memorable and almost unrecognizable performance in “Shadow of the Vampire,” about the filming of the 1920s vampire classic “Nosferatu.” It all starts Sunday, February 14th at 4:45pm.

Also, in honor of Black History month, IFC honors African American independents on Thursday, February 4th starting at 8pm. Tune in for “Bamboozled,” Spike Lee’s satirical film about an African American television writer who creates an outlandish minstrel show that goes on to become a huge success. Plus, catch R. Kelly’s cult musical drama phenomenon “Trapped in the Closet,” and Keenan Ivory Wayan’s throwback to ’70s blaxploitation “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.”

If you couldn’t get a ticket to this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards, don’t fret. IFC will honor the best of the best in gaming as we bring you the “Oscars of video games,” hosted by Jay Mohr, on February 26th at 10pm.

310x229_penny_dreadful.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • PENNY DREADFUL: A girl fearful of cars is taken to a remote location by her psychiatrist with the intention to help overcome her phobia, but it ends with her worst fears becoming a reality. Premieres Wed 02/03/10 @ 8:00pm.
    • KINKY BOOTS: A drag queen (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) helps a shoe businessman keep his company alive. Premieres Fri 02/05/10 @ 6:55pm.
    • GET SHORTY A mobster heads to La La land only to discover that his job isn’t much different than being movie producer. Ensemble cast includes John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman. Premieres Sun 02/07/10 @ 8:15pm.
    • KISS OF FIRE Christina Applegate stars as a small-town stripper who begins a troubled relationship with an Italian tourist. Premieres Wed 02/24/10 @ 8:00pm.
    • THE WOODS Sent to an isolated boarding school, a girl comes across mysterious occurrences happening in the woods surrounding the students in this second feature from “May” director Lucky McKee. Premieres Fri 02/26/10 @ 12:00am.
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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…

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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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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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