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SXSW announces first round of 2012 film panels

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It’s kind of insane that we’re about to start talking about next year’s South by Southwest and it’s still October. Just last week I reposted a video from this year’s SXSW! But here we go: today SXSW announced their first round of film programming, a preliminary list of panels you’ll be able to check out next March in Austin, Texas. Highlights include a conversation with “Drive” and “Contagion” composer Cliff Martinez, a chat about arts criticism in the age of Twitter, and the return of the legendary “Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop.” My favorite panel title on the list? “The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema.” It’s sort of hard for douchebags to evolve — that’s kind of what makes them douchebags — but I think I know what they’re getting at.

The full list of announced panels is below. And, hey, it’s not too late to submit your feature or short to the festival; the deadline is November 15. If you’ve got a movie about evolved douchebags, this could be your year. Ride that zeitgeist.

3 R’s of Horror: Remakes, Reboots and Rediscoveries
(Organized by KW Low / Dread Central Media)

A Conversation with Cliff Martinez

Alternative Film Events: Site Specific and Beyond
(Organized by Delicia Harvey / Aurora Picture Show)

Artists Scoring Movies: Creating an Original Music Catalog for the Latest Trend in Film Composing
(Organized by Kier Lehman / Sony Pictures)

Arts Criticism 140 Characters at a Time
(Organized by Jen Nedeau / TIME Magazine)

Behind the Pure Evil (The Saga of Todd & the Book of Pure Evil)
(Organized by Andrew Rosen / Aircraft Pictures)

Beyond Netflix and iTunes: Your Film’s Unique Digital Distribution Strategy
(Organized by Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber, Inc)

Beyond the 1 Sheet – Pen to Paper Returns
(Organized by Charlie Loft / AllCity Media)

Bringing Sexy Back: Where’s The Line Today?
(Organized by Lisa Vandever / CineKink)

Carbon Film Quote – Putting the Carbon Footprint in Your Production Bid
(Organized by Steffen Gentis / BBDO Proximity Germany)

Casting on a Budget: Get the Best and the Rightest
(Organized by Paul Schnee, Barden / Schnee Casting, Inc.)

Coppola Vs. Kittens: Pro Filmmaking’s Online Future
(Organized by Karyn Campbell / The IdeaLists)

Diversity Counts: Auteur’s, Actors and Audiences
(Organized by Vicente Williams / Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee)

The DIY on Shorts Distribution. Who’s Got This?
(Organized by Christine Boulware / IndieFilmz)

Doc Distribution from A to Z with an Emphasis on “E” for the Educational Market
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

Does HTML5 Offer a Montage Moment for Web Cinema?
(Organized by Brian Chirls / Three Eyed Labs, LLC)

Don’t Forget About Me! How to Remember Everything at SXSW (and beyond)
(Organized by Mark Channon / Memory School)

Empowering Filmmakers: How to Take Control of Your Marketing & Distribution
(Organized by Marc Schiller / BOND Strategy and Influence)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants
(Organized by Dianne Debicella / Fractured Atlas)

The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
(Organized by Robyn Sklaren / TV and Film Consultant)

Faster, Pussycat! Shoot! Shoot!
(Organized by Ryan O’Hara Theisen / Lucky Branded Entertainment)

Festivals and the Film Distribution Business
(Organized by Nick Roddick / London Film School)

Filmmaker’s Guide to Capitol Hill Politics
(Organized by Jody Arlington / Impact + Arts Film Fund)

The GeekFamily Guide to the Movies
(Organized by Jason Cranford Teague / GeekDad/Wired)

Hollywood Lessons: What I Learned the Hard Way
(Organized by John Lang / Rough & Tumble Films)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love VOD
(Organized by Matt Harlock / American The Movie Ltd.)

How Libraries and Archives Can Help You in “Pre” and “Post”
(Organized by Jo Angela Oehrli / University of Michigan)

In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend
(Organized by Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress)

In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World
(Organized by Sommer Hixon / New Video)

In The Cut: Editing a Killer Editing Sample
(Organized by Kyle Henry / Northwestern University)

It’s Not About the Budget
(Organized by Barry Ryan / Warp Films/Warp X)

Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop

Market Place Live
(Organized by Charlie Bloye / Film Export UK)

The Power of Super 8 Film
(Organized by Jaclyn Vigeant / Pro8mm)

Print to Portal: Turning a Film Mag into a Brand
(Organized by Tiffany Pritchard / Little White Lies)

Shooting the Non Scripted Feature Film for Writing in the Edit
(Organized by Benjamin Kasulke / Director of Photography)

Timing is Everything: How to Maximize Your PR
(Organized by Lewis Kay / PMK*BNC)

Tweaking Your Living Room to Director Standards
(Organized by Chris Armbrust / THX Ltd.)

WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop
(Organized by Deena Kalai / Deena Kalai, PLLC)

SXSW 2012 runs March 9-18. What panel are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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