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.

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

2003 / UK + / Gurinder Chadha

Sun, Feb 2510:00amThu, Mar 13:30pm

An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way and is eventually forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport. Her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream–and a soccer ball–or follow a more orthodox path.

FAKE

2016 / Japan / Mori Tatsuya

A famous deaf composer who may who may be a fraud. Presented as part of the Japanese Program and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa’s Japanese Documentary Now program.

M.F.A.

2017 / USA / Natalie Leite

Sat, Feb 2411:00pm

The accidental death of her rapist sends an art student on a course for justice. Part of Bijou After Hours series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

ZEN AND BONES

2016 / Japan / Nakamura Takayuki

Sun, Feb 2512:30pm

A 93-year-old Zen monk dreams of making a film. Presented as part of the Japanese Program and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa’s Japanese Documentary Now program.

CHASING CORAL

2017 / USA / Jeff Orlowski

Mon, Feb 267:00pm

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

GOOD LUCK

2017 / Ben Russell

Tue, Feb 276:00pm

A visceral documentary portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil. Part of Bijou Film Forum series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

THE THING

1982 / USA / John Carpenter

Wed, Feb 2810:00pm

What you fear most is inside you…Man is the warmest place to hide.

WOMEN’S MARCH

2017 / Worldwide / Various

Thu, Mar 112:00am

In order to celebrate talented local, national and international female artists, FilmScene proudly presents Women’s March. Showcasing films made exclusively by women throughout the entire month of March 2018, featuring new releases alongside classic cinema, films with local roots, and dialogues about the female perspective in the industry.

LITTLE WOMEN

1994 / USA / Gillian Armstrong

Sat, Mar 310:00amSun, Mar 410:00amThu, Mar 83:30pm

With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household.

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

2015 / USA / Sarah Adina Smith

Sat, Mar 31:00pm

Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs and find themselves drawn into the mysteries of the lake. Part of Women’s March: Homegrown program.

LOST IN TRANSLATION

2003 / USA / Sofia Coppola

Sat, Mar 311:00pm

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson develop a surprising friendship while venturing through Tokyo. Part of Bijou After Hours series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

BLUE CARPET BASH 2018

2018

Sun, Mar 45:30pm

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

UNREST

2017 / USA / Jennifer Brea

Mon, Mar 56:00pm

Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself as she looks for answers and fights for a cure. Part of Women’s March: Vanguard program.

ZAMA

2017 / Argentina + / Lucrecia Martel

Tue, Mar 66:00pm

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, a Spanish officier of the 17th century awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires during a series of misadventures. Part of Bijou Horizons series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for general public.

SEVEN BEAUTIES

1975 / Italy / Lina Wertmuller

Wed, Mar 76:00pm

The first film directed by a woman to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, Seven Beauties follows the foolish Pasqualino as he stumbles through the military, per-war Italy and then a Nazi concentration camp. Part of Women’s March: Pioneers program.

NEAR DARK w/ HOOKER ASSASSIN

1987 / USA / Kathryn Bigelow

Wed, Mar 710:00pm

Blood is our life, darkness, our feeding ground and sunlight, our eternal damnation.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

1992 / USA / Penny Marshall

Sat, Mar 1010:00amSun, Mar 1110:00amThu, Mar 153:30pm

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

ANA MENDIETA – IOWA FILMS

0 / USA / Ana Mendieta

Sat, Mar 103:30pm

A seminal figure in feminist art practice of the 1970s, Cuban-born intermedia artist Ana Mendieta recieved an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1977. This program of Mendieta’s work includes films she made in and around Iowa City.

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR

2016 / USA / Deborah S. Esquenazi

Mon, Mar 126:00pm

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt of the 80s and 90s, our Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in this Peabody award winning documentary. Part of Women’s March: Vanguard program.

PORTRAIT OF JASON

1967 / USA / Shirley Clarke

Wed, Mar 146:00pm

The highlights of a 12-hour interview with Aaron Payne, aka Jason Holliday, a former houseboy, would-be cabaret performer, and self-proclaimed hustler who, while drinking and smoking cigarettes and pot, giggles his way through stories and observations of what it was (and is) like to be black and gay in 1960s America. Part of Women’s March: Pioneers program.

SPLATTER MOVIE: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

2008 / USA / Amy Lynn Best

Wed, Mar 1410:00pm

Lights…Camera…Massacre! A low budget film crew are being murdered by one of their own.

SPRING BREAK ANIMATION CAMP

2018 / Kelly Gallagher

Thu, Mar 158:30am

This two day camp for girls and genderqueer youth provides campers with hands-on animation skills and experience!

KELLY GALLAGHER

0 / USA / Kelly Gallagher

Sat, Mar 173:30pm

Animator and University of Iowa graduate Kelly Gallagher presents a selection of her work as part of the Women’s March: Homegrown program.

BOBBI JENE

2017 / USA / Elvira Lind

Sun, Mar 187:00pm

The fourth selection of our third season is a revealing look at dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, an Iowa native out to experience the world. Vulnerable, erotic and intensely personal, ths film is an appreciation for a woman risking it all.

DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

2014 / USA / Sydney Freeland

Mon, Mar 196:00pm

Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. Part of Women’s March: Vanguard program.

OFFICE SPACE

1999 / USA / Mike Judge

Mon, Mar 198:00pm

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. FREE screening at Big Grove Brewery (1125 S. Gilbert, Iowa City)!

MURS MURS

1980 / France + / Agnes Varda

Tue, Mar 206:00pm

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnes Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Part of Bijou Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for general public.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST

1991 / USA / Julie Dash

Wed, Mar 216:00pm

In 1902, an extended family on one of the Sea Islands, off the cost of South Carolina, prepares to migrate even further from their roots. Part of Women’s March: Pioneers program

PET SEMATARY w/ STREET DYKES

1989 / USA / Mary Lambert

Wed, Mar 2110:00pm

From the pen of Stephen King… A pet isn’t just for life, sometimes dead is better.

I WISH I WAS MORE LIKE YOU

0 / USA / Various

Sat, Mar 243:30pm

This shorts program includes the work of five female filmmakers who are currently attending or have graduated from the University of Iowa’s MFA program in Film and Video Production. Curated by Vertical Cinema.

DAISIES

1966 / Czechoslovakia / Vera Chytilova

Sat, Mar 2411:00pm

Two bored Czech women play pranks on men and rebel against a materialist society. Part of Bijou After Hours series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

IN CONVERSATION: ANN HORNADAY

0 / NA

Sun, Mar 254:00pm

Join FilmScene for an afternoon with Ann Hornaday, chief film critic at the Washington Post and native Iowan!

OH LUCY

2017 / Japan + / Atsuko Hirayanagi

Mon, Mar 266:00pm

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy. Part of Women’s March: Vanguard program.

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

2017 / USA / Alexandra Dean

Tue, Mar 277:00pm

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventory, Hedy Lamarr.

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DE COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

1975 / France / Chantal Akerman

Wed, Mar 285:00pm

A lonely widdowed housewife does her daily choes, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine. Part of Women’s March: Pioneers program.

VIVA

2007 / USA / Anna Biller

Wed, Mar 2810:00pm

She was a housewife seeking kicks in a world of drugs and orgies in the psychedelic 70’s!

GARRY WINOGRAND: ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE

2018 / USA / Sasha Waters Freyer

Sat, Mar 313:30pm

Artist. Iconoclast. Man of his time. All Things are Photographable is a revealing documentary protrait of the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand – the epic storyteller in pictures across three turbulent decades of the 20th century. Part of Women’s March: Homegrown program.

CLUELESS

1995 / USA / Amy Heckerling

Sat, Mar 3111:00pm

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. Part of Bijou After Hours series – FREE for UI students and $6.50 for the general public.

INCONCEIVABLE! MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT

2017

Mon, Apr 28:00pmMon, Jun 48:00pmMon, Aug 68:00pmMon, Oct 18:00pm

FilmScene’s quarterly celebration of cinema trivialities. Gather your team for a multi-sensory quiz night to benefit your local art house theater.

DEMONICA

2014 / USA / Insane Mike Saunders / Jason Bolinger

Wed, Apr 410:00pm

In 1986, a group of teens decides to have one hell of an after party at the local skating rink. Little do they know that their party is going to be crashed by hellish creatures.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982 / USA / Steven Spielberg

Sun, Apr 221:00pm

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

THE BABADOOK

2014 / Australia / Jennifer Kent

Tue, May 227:00pm

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

ANIMATION SUMMER CAMP

2018 / Mark Jones

Mon, Jun 48:30amMon, Jun 118:30amMon, Jun 188:30amMon, Jun 258:30amMon, Jul 98:30amMon, Jul 168:30amMon, Jul 238:30am

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

REAL GENIUS

1985 / USA / Martha Coolidge

Sun, Jun 108:00pm

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.