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Go Behind the Scenes of Documentary Now! With Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono

Documentary Now! returns this fall on IFC.

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Recently, Documentary Now! fans got a behind-the-scenes look at the making of season one from executive producer/director/writer Rhys Thomas and EP/director Alex Buono. Hosting a live Q&A and screening two episodes at New York City’s IFC Center, Thomas and Buono discussed how they achieved the distinct look of the series and what goes into their creative process with fellow documentary spoofers Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers.

When discussing how the show came to be, Buono revealed that, “Bill and Fred just wanted to work together and make something they’d enjoy doing together.” When selecting the documentaries that the show pays tribute to, Buono says the team asks, “Where can we find the best characters?” Getting the visual details is important to the production as well. “For The Eye Doesn’t Lie we used the same lens they used in [the Errol Morris documentary] The Thin Blue Line,” Buono added.

Buono noted that the Al Capone Festival episode was a “very uniquely Fred idea.” Shooting on location in Iceland helped to give the episode its unique feel. “I feel like a lot of networks would say no [to shooting in Iceland],” Buono said. “But [IFC] was really great.”

On the Kunuk Uncovered episode, Buono and Thomas revealed that Bill Hader was originally set to play the womanizing filmmaker role that went to John Slattery. Shooting was similar to the making of Nanook of the North, the film that Kunuk spoofed, with a “really small crew.” Thomas gave props to Seth Meyers’ script saying, “Seth took [Kanuk] on and really discovered the evolution of Kanuk and where he goes.”

Thomas is happy with the show’s response, noting, “Everyone [in the documentary community] was excited that a broader audience was looking at this in a new way.” He also credited the “really great cast” for making season one such a success.

Check out some photos from the event below. For some early details on season two of Documentary Now! (premiering this fall), click here.

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Eye Doesn't Lie

Kunuk Uncovered

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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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