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Trailering: “High Road”

Trailering: “High Road” (photo)

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Heads up to improv comedy fans in the Seattle area. Matt Walsh, one of the members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and founders of the UCB Theater, is playing his debut feature film, “High Road” at the Seattle Film Festival May 20th and 21st (for full details go to the SIFF website).

According to the film’s official site, “High Road” is described as the story of “Fitz, a lovable bone headed pot dealer, [who] mistakenly decides to go on the lam. He visits his estranged cross dressing dad, to seek advice. In Fitz’s world, he has the worst possible case of love triangle where he is forced to choose between the three things he loves most: selling weed, his really bad rock opera, or his newly pregnant girlfriend.” Here’s the trailer:

High Road (Trailer) from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.

As you can see, the cast is absolutely stacked: Abby Elliott, Lizzy Caplan, Ed Helms, Joe Lo Truglio, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Zach Woods, and on and on. According to this New York Post interview with Walsh, the film had a unique production as well: it was almost entirely improvised.

“We spent two weeks rehearsing like theater camp — did scenes that would never make the movie. Lots of improv games. It really helped to show people the tone of the film & the process. I’ve done improv for so long and am a huge fan of Christopher Guest. I’ve always wanted to tackle it. Plus, I know so many funny people, I love being able to give them an opportunity to step forward.”

The film won Walsh a Best Director prize at its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. And I just realized looking at the film’s IMDb page, that the cinematographer is Hillary Spera, a friend of IFC’s; she shot the documentary “Darkon,” along with a lot of our festival coverage over the years. So that’s yet another reason to seek the film out. “High Road” doesn’t have a distributor yet, so I don’t know when I’ll get to see it. But I’m looking forward to it.

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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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