FilmScene is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through film that challenges, inspires, educates and entertains.

Mission Creek

Mission Creek


The introduction of FilmScene to downtown Iowa City adds film to the mix of Iowa City’s premiere multi-venue music, literature, food and art festival.

Free live entertainment, $3 draft beers and wine pours and a festival atmosphere every weekday starting at 4:30pm. Films begin daily at 6:30pm. Start your Mission Creek experience nightly at FilmScene.

Free 5pm Music Schedule:
Tuesday – Kat McDowell, Kiwi / Japanese ukulele rock in three languages
Wednesday – Tom Nothnagle, classical guitar
Thursday – River Glen, folk & hip-hop inspired pop rock
Friday – Mission Creek Lit Crawl, readings in the cinema
Saturday – DJ Gordon Gartrell, spinning 50s and 60s rock

SPECIAL PRICING: Mission Creek passholders receive $5 member pricing for all film events at FilmScene. Use the special passcode given by Mission Creek or show your pass at the FilmScene box office.

TUESDAY, 4/1, 6:30pm

5pm Free Entertainment: Kat McDowell, Indie Kiwi / Japanese ukulele rock in three languages.

Narco Cultura

NARCO CULTURA (2013) Dir. Shaul Schwarz.
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“An eye-­opening examination of Mexico’s blood-­soaked drug war and its unsettling pop-­culture side effects” (Variety) as told through the lives of the “narcocorridos.”
DIALOGUE to follow.

WEDNESDAY, 4/2, 6:30pm

5pm Free Entertainment: Tom Nothnagle, classical guitar

Spinning Plates

SPINNING PLATES (2013) Dir. Joseph Levy.
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Three extraordinary restaurants and the people who make them what they are, including Iowa’s 150-year-old Breitbach’s Country Dining. “A foodie phantasmagoria!” —Kenneth Turan, LA Times
DIALOGUE Intro, post-screening talk led by Chef Kurt Michael Friese; ticket includes food from Clinton Street Social Club and Deluxe Cakes & Pastries.

THURSDAY, 4/3, 6:30pm

4:30pm Free Entertainment: River Glen, folk & hip-hop inspired pop rock

These Hopeless Savages

(2013) Dirs. Sean Christopher Lewis and Kaitlyn Busbee.
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The debut feature from Iowa City-based Working Group Pictures. When big news comes for the constant bachelor Shawn, he sets out to visit everyone who has shunned him for years. DIALOGUE Filmmakers Lewis, Busbee and other cast and crew in person.

FRIDAY, 4/4, 5:00pm

LIT CRAWL Mission Creek’s annual Lit Crawl kicks off at FilmScene, with featured authors reading in our cinema at 5pm.

FRIDAY, 4/4, 6:30pm


WHO THE *$&% IS JACKSON POLLOCK? (2013) Dir. Harry Moses.
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The humorous, revealing and remarkable true tale of a seventy-three-year old former long haul trucker snubbed by the art establishment after purchasing a Jackson Pollock painting for five dollars at a thrift shop. “A beguiling documentary detective story.” ­—Entertainment Weekly
FREE SCREENING presented as part of UIMA First Friday art event!

SATURDAY, 4/5, 3:00pm

5pm Free Entertainment: DJ Gordon Gartrell, spinning 50s and 60s rock


TWO LANE BLACKTOP (1971) Dir. Monte Hellman.
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No summary can do justice to the existential punch of this stripped-down narrative. An artistic high point of 1970s cinema and possibly the greatest road movie ever made (Criterion Collection).
DIALOGUE with author Tim Kinsella (‘Let Go and Go On and On,’ the story of obscure actress Laurie Bird, who stars in TLB) and Jacob Knabb, senior editor of Curbside Splendor Publishing.

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