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Watch Sundance Shorts on YouTube

Watch Sundance Shorts on YouTube (photo)

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The Sundance Film Festival’s official YouTube channel has all sorts of content from the recently concluded 2011 fest, including interviews with filmmakers and reports from Park City. But I particularly like the fact that you can watch some of Sundance’s shorts in their entirety. I’ve embedded a few of my favorites here.

First up, “Close” by writer/director Tahir Jetter. The film is about the aftermath of a sexual encounter between two friends. It’s a bit on the profane side (so if you’re watching at work, you may want to grab your headphones), but it’s also intense and smartly edited for maximum interplay between past and present (and possibly the future too?).

Next up, “Andy and Zach” by writer/director Nick Paley. The Zach of the title is Zach Woods from “The Office” and “In the Loop.” He plays a guy abandoning his roommate (Andy Kachor) to move in with his girlfriend. Woods’ presence had me expecting comedy, but the film reveals more melancholic dimensions towards the end. Extra style points for shooting in a legitimately tiny New York apartment without sacrificing quality visuals.

Maybe the simplest, but my favorite of all is “Sasquatch Birth Journal 2” from the Zellner Brothers. The title of this one kind of says it all. Four hot minutes of a sasquatch birth. Oh yeah:

Pretty sure the “2” of the title’s a goof, but I’d watch more of these. Or more Sundance shorts, in general, if they’d add them to their YouTube channel.

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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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