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UK riot fires claim indie film distributors’ stock

UK riot fires claim indie film distributors’ stock (photo)

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There are certainly more important stories coming out of London right now after three straight nights of riots and looting, but that doesn’t mean the destruction of thousands upon thousands of independent film DVDs should go completely unnoticed.

The Guardian reports that last night’s fires claimed the Pias/Sony warehouse in Enfield, home to the CD and DVD stock of many local independent music and film labels, including the BFI and Artificial Eye.

“The three-storey, 20,000 square metre warehouse, owned by Pias — the UK’s largest independent home entertainment distributor — was burned to the ground last night amid the rioting that has spread across London over the last three days. The BFI, the leading body for film in the UK, which also has a retail arm selling classic films on DVD, says it has lost all stock held at the warehouse, a figure in excess of 120,000 units. The company still has access to all its DVD titles (copies of which are stored in a second warehouse in Hackney), but the revenue loss from the fire is likely to be significant. A report released last week by the BFI indicated that, while actual sales are falling, DVDs and Blu-ray remain the film industry’s largest single revenue source, bringing in £1.3bn a year.”

An English documentary label named Dogwoof — distributors of films like “Food Inc.” and “Restrepo” in the UK — lost an estimated £300,000 worth of stock. And filmmaker Gary Hustwit took to Twitter to say he’d lost all of his DVD stock in London, including 20,000 copies of his popular documentary “Helvetica.” He also posted this disturbing footage of the enormous warehouse fire while it was still blazing.

I truly hope everyone involved has insurance; quotes in the Guardian article suggest that they do, which is good. But what a devastating loss, particularly for small independent filmmakers and distributors. I know it’s not cool to shed a tear for a big corporation, but in this case this big corporation was home to the lifeblood of a lot of little companies, who distribute uncommercial movies for the love of art, not the love of money. Not exactly the people you want to loot and burn to the ground, especially if you, y’know, like watching great movies.

Have you ever bought imported DVDs from the UK? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…