Questions and Answers
- Who/what is FilmScene?
- Why a non-profit cinema?
- Where is FilmScene located?
- What is the Chauncey?
- How is FilmScene funded?
- What kind of films does FilmScene show?
- How can I help FilmScene?
FilmScene is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. With programming that entertains, inspires, and educates, FilmScene works to build and connect the community through film.
Founded by Andy Brodie and Andrew Sherburne in the fall of 2011, FilmScene operates Scene 1, a full-time cinema on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City.
In addition, FilmScene offers programs designed to cultivate our film community, which may include filmmaker workshops, film literacy programming, and other special events.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, FilmScene is mission-driven and community-oriented.
With community in mind, our primary goal is the operation of a first-rate cinema for the Iowa City area that provides an enjoyable and rewarding moviegoing experience, and enhances the area’s artistic and cultural opportunities.
Additionally, FilmScene is working to develop a variety of programs that will promote arts education and community development. As an organization, FilmScene is committed to building and promoting a robust film community and film culture in the Iowa City area.
Most of all, we chose to go the nonprofit route because it’s a common model used by successful art-house cinemas across the country. These cinemas provide guidance for FilmScene, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement of two nearby sibling organizations: the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Missouri, and Film Streams in Omaha, Nebraska.
FilmScene is located at 118 E. College St. on the Pedestrian Mall in Downtown Iowa City.
Since day one, FilmScene has been committed to opening its cinema in Downtown Iowa City. As the hub for area arts and culture, Downtown has a number of venues devoted to music, literature and the performing arts and now a full-time cinema.
We are proud to be a part of The Chauncey, a proposed multi-use arts and entertainment destination currently under consideration by the City of Iowa City. A great deal of work has been done by the development team and, if built, The Chauncey would stand among the coolest cinema spaces anywhere in the country.
Our goal is to build a comfortable and modern two-screen cinema that provides patrons with a fun and respectful setting to enjoy screenings with first-rate technical presentation. A menu of quality food and drink options will also be available to enjoy while watching movies, and the lobby/cafe will provide a welcome gathering space before or after a screening, or at any other time folks may be looking for a cool place to get together.
At the earliest, The Chauncey will open in 2018.
FilmScene’s revenue is primarily generated from ticket sales and food and drink sales. As a nonprofit, FilmScene does rely on traditional methods of fundraising and contributed income (donations, grant support, etc.).
Our membership program is the best way for our supporters to support FilmScene on a yearly basis. Patrons supporting FilmScene though membership will receive discounted admission and a variety of other perks.
FilmScene showcases the best in American independent and international filmmaking, as well as a variety of repertory (classic films) and specialty programming like late-night movies, family fare and genre films.
Additionally, FilmScene hosts a variety of special guests and events. We enjoy a strong working relationship with the Englert Theatre, which provides a go-to venue for events that require a larger seating capacity.
For now, the best way to help FilmScene is to spread the word by telling others about us.
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If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.