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Watch The Making Of Spike Jonze’s New Short Film

Watch The Making Of Spike Jonze’s New Short Film (photo)

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Heads up, Spike Jonze fans. Fresh from its premiere at Critics Week at Cannes, Jonze’s new short film — “Mourir Auprès de Toi” — premieres this Friday at the IFC Center in New York. The short will play before every regular feature at the theater for two weeks. Here is a little background on the project and a plot description from the press release:

“A collaboration between Jonze (‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Adaptation,’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’) French designer Olympia Le-Tan and filmmaker Simon Cahn, the whimsical, humorous and poignant ‘Mourir Auprès de Toi’ was inspired by Ms. Le-Tan’s accessory designs-embroidered felt adaptations of first editions of classic books. ‘I just loved them and loved the world she was making,’ Mr. Jonze explained “So I asked if I could have one. And she said yeah, if you want to make a film for it.’

Set in Paris ‘s storied Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, the film concerns the adventures of a skeleton (voiced by Jonze) who springs off the cover of ‘Macbeth’ and falls for a damsel from ‘Dracula.’ Filmed in painstaking stop-motion animation, the film required a new stitched felt character for each shot-some 3,000 felt parts in total.”

“Mourir Auprès de Toi,” by the way, translates to “To Die by Your Side,” which suggests this is one felty adventure sure to please Morrissey fans as well as Spike Jonze fans. For a small preview, here is a short making of short about the short (Short.) by “Mourir”‘s co-director Simon Cahn. The glimpses we get of the film itself look super-cool. Felt looks soft but it will punch you in the FACE!

Making Mourir Auprès De Toi from simon cahn on Vimeo.

What’s your favorite Spike Jonze movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!


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


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.


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…