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Your Winter Indie Film Preview

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There’s always the temptation to stay inside during the winter, made even more compelling by the wide array of films you can watch at home. But that would be ignoring the 89 reasons why the only place more inviting than a couch near the fireplace is a seat at your local arthouse where the options range from the ancient Roman war epic “The Eagle” with Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell to the fantastical Palme d’Or-winning elegy “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Many awards contenders will expand across the country while those sick of such serious fare can fall back on revenge-themed thrillers with Jason Statham, Nicolas Cage or the deadly Korean twosome of “The Housemaid” and “I Saw the Devil,” the action stylings of Donnie Yen (“IP Man 2”) and Tony Jaa (“Ong Bak 3”), or the comedies of John C. Reilly and Ed Helms (“Cedar Rapids”) and Paul Giamatti (“Barney’s Version” and “Win Win”). Likewise, if you don’t have a ticket to Sundance later this month, rest assured, you’ll finally get to see a few of last year’s hits (Josh Radnor’s “Happythankyoumoreplease”) along with this year’s (Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom”). All in all, it’s a surprisingly exciting time at the movies for this time of year and this is your guide to the indie films coming your way soon.

January: Week of the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

February: Week of the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

March: Week of the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th


January 7th

“Americatown” (IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
The Cast: Jonathan Guggenheim, Cory Howard, Jon Stafford, Barbara Weetman, Tiffany Salter
Director: Kenneth Price
The Gist: The reRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn will host this surreal comedy starring Upright Citizens Brigade-bred stars Guggenheim and Howard (a.k.a. Superkiiids!) as denizens of a surreal township that has compressed all of America into a home of just 1000 citizens besieged by a skunk ape and prone to spilled coffee and crazy legs. A rare low-budget film that wasn’t considered by its makers to be “film festival-friendly,” it hopes to find a home itself in Dumbo.


“Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune” (IMDb, Facebook, trailer, screening schedule)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
Fest Cred: Woodstock
The Gist: After chronicling important moments in television (“Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live”) and film (“Easy Riders, Raging Bulls”), Bowser’s latest documentary is a biography of folk singer Phil Ochs, the ’60s troubadour whose sharply penned songs about Vietnam and political apathy not only inspired activism during the era, but became an influence for musicians ranging from Ani DiFranco to Pearl Jam, who have kept his spirit alive through cover versions long after his death at the young age of 35. Sean Penn, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Christopher Hitchens are just a few of those interviewed for the film. Opens Wednesday, January 5th in New York.


“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” (IMDb, trailer)
The Cast: George Piştereanu, Ada Condeescu, Mihai Constantin, Clara Voda
Director: Florin Şerban
Fest Cred: Berlinale, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Thessaloniki, Telluride
The Gist: Winner of a Jury Grand Prize at Berlinale, this Romanian drama co-written by “How I Celebrated the End of the World” director Catalin Mitulescu tells the story of an imprisoned teen who waits out the final five days of his sentence at a reform school while his estranged mother returns home to reclaim his younger brother who he’s taken care of in her absence. At least he has the distraction of a young social worker who he hopes to run off with upon his release.


“Season of the Witch” (IMDb, Facebook, Twitter, trailer)
The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ulrich Thomsen, Christopher Lee
Director: Dominic Sena
The Gist: Since we’re glass half-full kind of people around here at IFC.com, we take it as a good sign that Relativity had so much faith in Nicolas Cage’s Crusades-set epic that they were willing to buy it back from original distributor Lionsgate after several shuttered release dates. Then again, the first week of January isn’t always the greatest show of confidence. Either way, it’s Cage and Ron Perlman suiting up as knights assigned to escort a young girl they believe to have supernatural powers to a monastery to perform an exorcism to protect their homeland.


“The Time That Remains” (IMDb, trailer)
The Cast: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Saleh Bakri, Amer Hlehel
Director: Elia Suleiman
Fest Cred: Cannes, Toronto, Athens, London, Vancouver, Tokyo
The Gist: Israeli director Suleiman (“Divine Intervention”) uses the founding of the state of Israel as the basis for this seriocomic reflection on his own coming of age, with a series of vignettes spanning from the settlement of 1948 through the present day. Opens at the IFC Center in New York on January 5th.

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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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A-O Rewind

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.

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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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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