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Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”

Premiere: Spindrift “When I Was Free”  (photo)

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Largely unknown photographer Stanley Sanger is a cryptic and enigmatic figure. Born in Mojave, CA in 1955, he was raised by his uncle after his parents suffered a fatal car accident mere weeks after his birth. Having known his family only through photographs, Stanley became obsessed with the medium. He spoke little and was never seen without a camera. Stanley was said to have been debilitatingly preoccupied with the passage of time and his attempts to preserve it. It is said that he took a photograph nearly every minute of his life. However, no portraits of Stanley himself exist. The few that knew him say that Stanley felt that he did not live in reality, only in photographs, just as the people he loved, but had never actually met.

In the 1970’s, Stanley sold his parents estate and used his fortune to build an underground darkroom, many thousands of square feet, hidden somewhere in the Mojave desert. He was known to lock himself down there for months on end, developing, categorizing, and filing the literally hundreds of thousands of photos he had taken throughout his life. Before his final disappearance in the late 1990’s, Stanley documented Spindrift as they worked on several film soundtracks at a studio near his underground darkroom. At the end of the sessions, Stanley vanished. Leaving behind his film, his final known work. The images were left to director Rob Bray, a close friend and confidant to Sanger, who had been on hand for the sessions. No specific instructions were included, simply a note that read “Rob, The image must live, as the moment will die. Always, S”. It is said that Sanger returned to his darkroom never to resurface again. Sources close to the artist speculate that Stanley is still down there, immersed in his photographic world. The nearly seven thousand images he shot from this session have since been developed and arranged, creating a staggering animation effect. A few experts in the know fervently note that Sanger inadvertently was a first pioneer in the timelapse effect, painstakingly shooting and developing each image by hand. Although, those who knew him will tell you it was simply his attempt to placate his crippling fear of the time passing undocumented.

Many thanks are due to Morgan Night, and his facility the Hicksville Trailer Palace, as well as engineer and mixer Ethan Allen for their dutiful efforts and guidance.

Here’s the new video from Spindrift entitled “When I Was Free”, directed by Rob Bray:

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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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