Vancouver subject of 'Portlandia' parody

Vancouver subject of 'Portlandia' parody

Vancouver subject of 'Portlandia' parody

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com

kgw.com

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 20 at 11:12 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- If Portland is the place "where young people go to retire," Vancouver is where 50-year-old's go to avoid taxes.

At least that's the suggestion in a new and popular video posted on YouTube that parodies the popular IFC show "Portlandia" with a spoof of its neighbor to the north, called "Vancouvria."

The video, produced by Portland filmmaker Brighton West, is called "The Dream of Suburbia" and humorously depicts Vancouver as a place where you can still get plastic grocery bags, shop at Walmart, and people aspire to work in corporate jobs and live in the suburbs.

"Once I saw 'Portlandia,' I knew I had to make 'Vancouvria,'" West told KGW. He said he got the idea in the spring while chatting with friends over beers. "But it didn't go very far until my wife told me to stop talking about it and get filming."

West interviewed people at the Vancouver farmer's market and surveyed Vancouver residents on what stereotypes they found true, untrue and offensive. "I even ate at Applebee's," said West.

The resulting video was shot in a Vancouver Walmart parking lot. "We filmed really fast," said West, in case they got kicked out.

"In Vancouver, you can drive in a bike lane and not get a ticket," one of the characters in the video boasts, in a poke at Portland.

The video ends with perhaps the most telling line of all, involving the controversial I-5 bridge.

"They really need to replace that thing with a bigger bridge - and make Portland pay for it."

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