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Up on Rooftop Films and “The City Dark”

Up on Rooftop Films and “The City Dark” (photo)

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If you live in New York City you need to take advantage of Rooftop Films. And as a New Yorker myself, I’m including myself in this directive. After talking with Rooftop founder Mark Elijah Rosenberg and program director Dan Nuxoll about their fantastic programs, particularly their signature summer film series on rooftops all over the five boroughs, I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been to one of their events yet. Hopefully I’ll change that very soon.

In addition to their outdoor screenings, Rooftop also collects one dollar from every ticket they sell and puts it into a fund which they distribute to alumni who’ve screened with the organization. This year, Rooftop gave a post-production grant to filmmaker Ian Cheney, who used the money to help complete “The City Dark,” which is playing here at SXSW in the documentary competition. It’s an appropriate film for Rooftop too, since it explores the way urban life, and all of the electric light that comes with it, affects human health. It’s great to see where we’re going at night — but what’s all that light doing to our bodies? Honestly, I’m kind of afraid to find out, but the film’s already getting some good reviews here at the festival.

If you’re a Rooftop newbie like myself, this interview is a great introduction. Rosenberg and Nuxoll talk about what they do and why and Cheney talks about his documentary. A really terrible writer might even call it an illuminating film. But not me. No sir.

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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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