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Behind the Look of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy”

Behind the Look of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy” (photo)

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Director Philip Di Fiore has a love for old Blue Note Records cover art and photographs. He felt they created their own universe and he “wanted to see that universe move.”

101810_Dapkings_blue1.jpg That’s exactly what he did with a three-part short film for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings called “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy.” It looks (and sounds) like it was found in a vault after sitting there for 40 some years.

You can trace the origins of the film’s look, especially in the music sequences, to the visual style of guys like Francis Wolff and Reid Miles, Blue Note’s label head/photographer and chief designer, respectively. The film also calls to mind films of the era, blaxploitation flicks like “Across 110th street,” and perhaps more than those, the first thing that came to my mind was actually “Mean Streets.”

Di Fiore and his cinematographer, Christopher J. Lytwyn shot on 35mm film in Panavision, and they used an anamorphic lens from 1964 — which we are told is the only one of its kind in existence. You have to see it to understand how authentically of the period it all looks, it’s the real deal.


The culmination of the music with the visual style combined with the vintage gear is a work that transports you to another era, a Daptone era. Watch for an interview with Sharon Jones and our premiere of “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy,” tomorrow in it’s entirety.

[Additional photos: Francis Wolff/Blue Note Records album art ]

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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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