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Drafthouse Films acquires “The FP”

Drafthouse Films acquires “The FP” (photo)

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Good news, fans of drunken Dance Dance Revolution! The Brothers Trost‘s “The FP” has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Drafthouse Films. The infamous film premiered as part of the SXFantastic sidebar at South by Southwest 2011, where it was loved by some and hated by others, including a few members of its own production team, who loudly booed and heckled throughout the midnight screening I attended. Their behavior may or may not have had something to do with the ceremonial Four Loko race which took place before the movie, and apparently takes place before every screening of the movie (for my full report on that surreal evening, click here). SXFantastic is programmed by Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, so perhaps his acquisition of the film following a recent screening at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival isn’t too much of a surprise.

League launched Drafthouse Films last fall with the edgy terrorist comedy “Four Lions.” Clearly the man doesn’t mind a marketing challenge. A movie that makes fun of (and in some ways empathizes with) Islamic jihadists couldn’t be an easy sell in every market, and I imagine he faces a similarly uphill climb with “The FP.” The film is stridently and defiantly weird: here was my plot description from my SXSW article:

“The FP” stands for Frazier Park, the area of California where the Brothers Trost hail from and which, if “The FP” is to believed, is perhaps the white trashiest place on earth. In the Trosts’ demented vision the FP is a post-apocalyptic wasteland where rival gangs from “The 245” and “The 248” battle for control of the area’s alcohol by playing Dance Dance Revolution. Whoever controls the booze controls the hobos, and whoever controls the hobos can keep the ducks in the park fed. And what is a town without ducks?

I also described “The FP”‘s production values as “subterraneanly low-grade” which may have been giving them too much credit. But, hey, if “Rubber” — a movie about a killer automobile tire that mocked its audience for 80 minutes — can make $100,000, anything’s possible. And while I didn’t love “The FP” (though that may have had as much to do with the obnoxious hecklers as with the movie itself) I can see the appeal. It’s schlocky, unique, and a lot of fun. If Drafthouse Films can book it into enough theaters that can legally hold Four Loko races before the midnight screenings, they’ve got a potential cult hit on their hands.

Here’s the trailer for the film, which is currently scheduled for a U.S. release in the first quarter of 2011.

The FP – Trailer from Trost Bros. on Vimeo.

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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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