Filmscene

Series & Special Events

FilmScene hosts numerous special events, community screenings and ongoing series to bring a diverse slate of film programming to Eastern Iowa audiences.

ICDOCS SPECIAL PRESENTATION – LAURA IANCU

0 / USA + / Laura Iancu

The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) is an annual event run by students at the University of Iowa with the mission to engage local audiences with the exhibition of recent short films that explore the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking. Free and open to the public!

STRENGTHEN GROW EVOLVE

2004

FilmScene and the Englert are building something exciting and we want you to be a part of it. Strengthen Grow Evolve—what does that mean for our community? Mark the date and join us for an entertaining and inspiring hour where we look into the future of the arts.

ICDOCS JUROR PROGRAM – DESSANE LOPEZ CASSELL

0 / USA + / Various

The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) is an annual event run by students at the University of Iowa with the mission to engage local audiences with the exhibition of recent short films that explore the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking. Free and open to the public!

SCOOBY-DOO DOUBLE FEATURE

2004 / US + / Raja Gosnell

Sat, Apr 2011:00pm

A monster-filled double feature of Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Presented as part of the Bijou After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

GRAVITY

2013 / UK + / Alfonso Cuaron

Sun, Apr 213:00pm

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them stranded in space. Film preceeded by a “physics roast” hosted by the University of Iowa’s Society of Physics Students!

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

2012 / USA / David France

Mon, Apr 226:00pm

The story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride and as part of HIV/AIDS in Iowa City: Thirty Years and Beyond, a four-day reflection marking the 30th anniversary of care at the University of Iowa AIDS Clinic.

LIFE, ABOVE ALL

2010 / South Africa + / Oliver Schmitz

Tue, Apr 236:00pm

A 12-year-old-girl fights prejudice when her family is ostracized by a South African community. Presented in partnership with the Bijou Film Board and as part of HIV/AIDS in Iowa City: Thirty Years and Beyond, a four-day reflection marking the 30th anniversary of care at the University of Iowa AIDS Clinic.

PHILADELPHIA

1993 / USA / Jonathan Demme

Wed, Apr 246:00pm

Lawyer Andrew Beckett (Oscar-winner Tom Hanks) sues his former employer after they fire him upon learning about his HIV status. Presented as part of HIV/AIDS in Iowa City: Thirty Years and Beyond, a four-day reflection marking the 30th anniversary of care at the University of Iowa AIDS Clinic.

SUMMER OF ’84

2018 / USA + / Francois Simard +

Wed, Apr 2410:00pm

Every serial killer lives next door to someone.

STUBER

2019 / USA / Michael Dowse

Thu, Apr 259:00pm

After crashing his car, a cop who’s recovering from eye surgery recruits an Uber driver to help him catch a heroin dealer. The mismatched pair soon find themselves in for a wild day of stakeouts and shootouts as they encounter the city’s seedy side. FREE screening courtesy 20th Century Fox!

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

2019 / USA / John Chester

Fri, Apr 266:00pm

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

HAIRSPRAY

2007 / US / Adam Shankman

Sat, Apr 2711:00pm

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Presented as part of the Bijou After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US

2017 / USA / Abby Ginzberg +

Sun, Apr 285:00pm

This powerful documentary brings the history of forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans to the present, following activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and the travel ban. All evening proceeds support victim services provided by Monsoon Asian and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity.

MOM AND DAD

1945 / USA / William Beaudine (Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter)

Wed, May 110:00pm

The motion picture that dares discuss and explain sex as never before seen or heard! Everything shown! Everything explained!

NTL: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III

2018 / UK / Adam Penford

Sun, May 52:00pm

Presented by National Theatre Live, and in partnership with the Englert Theatre, The Madness of King George III is a multi-award winning play dramatising the final years of King George III’s reign of the United Kingdom, his battle with mental illness and the inability of the court to handle his condition.

GOOD BOYS

2019 / USA / Gene Stupnitsky

Mon, May 69:00pm

Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. Free advance screening courtesy Universal Studios! Please note trailer is not suitable for work.

GRIDSHOCK

2019 / USA / Vanessa McNeal

Tue, May 76:00pm

This riveting documentary exposes the hidden and disturbing reality behind the sex trafficking demand in Iowa. Post-screening dialogue with director Vanessa McNeal.

INTIMATE REALITIES

2019 / USA / jess m. roy +

Fri, May 101:00pm

This Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentation explores identity from haptic, surreal, and digital vantage points. Virtual reality experience available in FilmScene’s lobby from 1:00PM to 1:30PM and again following the film presentation and Q&A with filmmakers. FREE!

BRAZIL

1985 / UK + / Terry Gilliam

Sun, May 122:00pm

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state. Programmed and presented by FilmScene’s high school film club, Scenesters!

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

2004 / USA / Michel Gondry

Mon, May 135:30pm

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. Programmed and presented by FilmScene’s high school film club, Scenesters!

HAROLD AND MAUDE

1971 / USA / Hal Ashby

Tue, May 145:30pm

Young, rich and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Programmed and presented by FilmScene’s high school film club, Scenesters!

SATURDAY CHURCH

2017 / USA / Damon Cardasis

Mon, May 206:00pm

A teen struggling with gender identity and religion begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.

FILMSCENE SUMMER CAMP

2018 / Mark Jones

Mon, Jun 38:30amMon, Jun 108:30amMon, Jun 178:30amMon, Jun 248:30amMon, Jul 88:30amMon, Jul 158:30amMon, Jul 228:30amMon, Jul 298:30am

In our weeklong summer camp for kids, FilmScene campers will work in teams to produce, direct, and edit their own short films —totally from scratch!

THE HAPPY PRINCE

2018 / UK + / Rupert Everett

Mon, Jul 156:00pm

His body ailing, Oscar Wilde lives in exhile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.