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Exclusive premiere: Heartless Bastards “Parted Ways”


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Austin’s Heartless Bastards potentially NSFW video features figures with comically large heads where bare painted breasts have become colossal googly eyes. Austin filmmakers Ben Steinbauer and Berndt Mader shot “Parted Ways” using the backdrop of nearby Bastrop State Park, ravaged last September by a wildfire that claimed over 1,600 homes and tens of thousands of acres of protected pine forest. What’s left after drought met tropical winds, a few sparks, and steep budget cuts to the Texas Forest Service, was a hellscape of black timbers and ash. Naturally it’s a ripe setting for rock and roll.

“When I was a little kid I used to pull my shirt up over my head and use my stomach as my face, contorting it and talking with it to make my sister laugh,” Steinbauer said about coming up with the costume concept. “We decided to expand on that idea and see how far we could take it. We wanted to build a hairpiece that would cover up the actor’s face so the effect looks like a face on legs.

In what must have been a pleasant casting experience for the directors, they auditioned “a lot of actresses,” but after the huge hairpieces were created they realized that only really tall women would do.  “So we had to scramble at the last minute and ended up casting the photographer from my wedding,” Steinbauer recalled. “It was definitely surreal having her in front of the camera and me behind it, after having it the other way around at my wedding.”

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Mader, who co-directed added, “We called in every favor that we could and worked with people we’ve hired for commercial work over the past few years. We even used a grant I had won at the Dallas International Film Festival from MPS Studios to be able to shoot on the Alexa [high-end digital film camera], which was amazing.”

On the calamitous location, Mader made a compelling point. “This wild, post- apocalyptic landscape…. It was a set that might cost 10 million dollars to build for a Tim Burton film, but it was just sitting there outside of Austin for us to use. The landscape is just bizarre, and really heightens the surreal nature of the characters.”

Heartless Bastards’ new record, “Arrow,” released February 14th on Partisan Records.

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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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