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.

LIFE, ANIMATED

2016 / USA / Roger Ross Williams

Thu, Feb 233:00pm3:30pm

In this inspiring doc, writer Ron Suskind discovers Disney animated films provide the key to connecting with his autistic son.

BORN FREE

1966 / UK + / James Hill

Sat, Feb 2510:00amThu, Mar 23:00pm

A game warden and his wife face a wrenching decision when the lion cub they’ve raised becomes too big to keep in this family-friendly classic. FREE admission for kids!

TRAIN TO BUSAN

2016 / South Korea / Sang-ho Yeon

Sat, Feb 2511:00pm

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on a train from Seoul to Busan.

BLUE CARPET BASH

2017

Sun, Feb 266:30pm

Join us on Hollywood’s biggest night for a big screen celebration of the year in movies! Walk down the blue carpet, pose for the flash bulbs, predict the winners, compete for prizes, snack on Iowa popcorn and sip on delicious movie-inspired drinks.

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

2016 / USA / Richard Tanne

Tue, Feb 286:00pm

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago’s South Side.

ANTONIO SANCHEZ – BiRDMAN LiVE

2014 / USA / Alejandro González Iñárritu

Wed, Mar 18:00pm

Experience the explosive Oscar winning FiLM accompanied LiVE at The Englert Theatre by composer Antonio Sanchez and his Grammy Award winning score that provides the heartbeat of the film.

BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN

2016 / USA / Chris Moore

Wed, Mar 110:00pm

After getting an abortion, Traci begins to suspect that someone sinister is stalking her and her friends.

TRUE/FALSE IOWA DELEGATION

2017 / Columbia +

Thu, Mar 212:00pm

Join FilmScene and the Des Moines Film Society as we journey south in search of the world’s best nonfiction films at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri.

DUMA

2005 / USA / Carroll Ballard

Sat, Mar 410:00amThu, Mar 93:00pm

An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa. FREE admission for kids!

ZARDOZ

1974 / Ireland & USA / John Boorman

Sat, Mar 411:00pm

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity’s achievements.

THE CLUB

2015 / Chile / Pablo Larraín

Tue, Mar 76:00pm

A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs. Directed by Pablo Larrain (JACKIE, NERUDA).

THE BAD KIDS

2016 / USA / Keith Fulton +

Tue, Mar 2112:00pm

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance.

CHEVALIER

2016 / Greece / Athina Rachel Tsangari

Tue, Mar 286:00pm

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared, measured and blood will be tested.

1984

1984 / UK / Michael Radford

Tue, Apr 46:00pm

On Tuesday, April 4 — the date on which George Orwell’s classic character Winston Smith begins writing his journal in Orwell’s landmark 1949 novel — FilmScene joins 90 cinemas across the country in a National Event Day screening of 1984.

DEMON

2016 / Poland / Marcin Wrona

Tue, Apr 116:00pm

A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL

2008 / USA / Matt Wolf

Tue, Apr 256:00pm

Multitalented musician Arthur Russell leaves Iowa, follows Allen Ginsberg from San Francisco to New York and launches a career that reaches its heyday in the 1980s.