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.

THE ADDICTION

1995 / USA / Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45)

Wed, Sep 2610:00pm

The dark is their sunlight. What makes them different is what keeps them alive.

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

2015 / USA / Greg Whiteley

Thu, Sep 276:30pm

Free community screenings of this documentary that examines the history of education in the United States and reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world.

THE TRUMAN SHOW

1998 / Peter Weir

Sat, Sep 2911:00pm

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his life is actually a television show. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

THE STAIRS

2017 / Canada / Hugh Gibson

Sun, Sep 305:00pm

Three people use their experiences surviving decades of drug use and sex work to help their community. Told over five years, their surprising stories reveal a world often misunderstood.

RAISING ARIZONA

1987 / USA / Joel Coen +

Sun, Sep 308:00pm

“Give me that baby, you warthog from hell!” When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. Part of CAGE MONTH on the Rooftop at FilmScene!

INCONCEIVABLE! MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT

2017

Mon, Oct 18:00pm

FilmScene’s bi-monthly celebration of cinema trivialities. Gather your team for a multi-sensory quiz night to benefit your local art house theater. Presented by Raygun!

SNEAK PEEK: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

2018 / USA / Drew Goddard

Mon, Oct 19:00pm

One last shot at redemption…before everything goes to hell. Free advance screening courtesy Fox and the Bijou Film Board!

WHICH WAY HOME

2009 / USA / Rebecca Cammisa

Tue, Oct 26:00pm

In this gripping documentary, a group of young, unaccompanied Central American children struggle to make their way through Mexico, in order to ultimately reach the United States and jump the border to a new home. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

THE MONSTER IN THE MACHINE: FRANKENSTEIN AND FILM

1987

Wed, Oct 39:00pm

Part of Iowa City Book Festival’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstin, join us for this FREE discussion with University of Iowa Cinematic Arts Associate Professor Corey Creekmur about the history of Frankenstein and his monster on the big screen!

FRANKENSTEIN / THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

1931 / USA / James Whale (The Invisible Man)

Wed, Oct 310:00pm

Late Shift at the Grindhouse and Iowa City Book Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein with a double creature feature!

TIM HARWOOD: BALL HAWKS

2017

Sat, Oct 610:00am

Visit FilmScene for this FREE Iowa City Book Festival reading from Tim Harwood, as he shares from his new book Ball Hawks, the story of the Waterloo Hawks.

MARK WILSON: THE WAY OF NILE KINNICK JR.

2017

Sat, Oct 611:30am

Visit FilmScene for this FREE Iowa City Book Fsetival reading from Mark Wilson, as he shares from his book The Way of Nile Kinnick Jr.: Insights, Images and Stories of Iowa’s 1939 Heisman Trophy Winner.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

1974 / Mel Brooks

Sat, Oct 611:00pm

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

MOUNTAIN

2018 / Australia / Jennifer Peedom

Sun, Oct 75:00pm

A cinematic journey of sound and nature that explores the beauty of the upper world.

THE CRAFT

1996 / USA / Andrew Fleming

Sun, Oct 76:00pm

FilmScene proudly hosts this Emma Goldman Clinic fundraiser on our Rooftop, with 100% of ticket sales supporting Emma Goldman Clinic and their year-round efforts.

SNEAK PEEK: FIRST MAN

2018 / USA / Damien Chazelle

Mon, Oct 88:00pm

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Free advance screening courtesy Universal Studios!

TOMBOY

2011 / France / Celine Sciamma

Tue, Oct 96:00pm

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Horizon Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

NINJA ZOMBIE

1992 / United State / Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks)

Wed, Oct 1010:00pm

A ruckus of supernatural vengeance, completed in 1992 and unreleased until this very moment.

FILMSCREAM 2018

2018 / Various

Fri, Oct 128:00pm

The screams are coming from inside the building at our third annual 12-hour fright fest!

ZOMBIELAND

2009 / Ruben Fleischer

Sat, Oct 1311:00pm

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. Presented as part of the Bijou Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

THE WALL

2018 / Brian Kaufman

Sun, Oct 145:00pm

Traveling by air and by land, investigative reporters embark on a 2,000-mile journey to dissect the issues of Trump’s proposed border wall.

GHOST

1990 / USA / Jerry Zucker

Sun, Oct 148:00pm

“Ditto.” After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

CAROL

2015 / USA / Todd Haynes

Mon, Oct 157:00pm

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!

CHICAGOLAND SHORTS VOL. 4

2018 / various

Tue, Oct 166:00pm

The filmmakers of Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 4 represent some of the most talented voices in Chicago’s indie scene. Their work spans many disciplines, including dance, experimental, and science fiction. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

CARRIE

1976 / USA / Brian De Palma

Sat, Oct 2011:00pm

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD

2018 / USA / Matt Tyrnauer

Sun, Oct 215:00pm

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

THELMA

2017 / Norway

Tue, Oct 236:00pm

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Horizon Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

GINGER SNAPS

2000 / USA / John Fawcett

Wed, Oct 2410:00pm

The calendar calls for a Full Moon, and we celebrate with a special Late Shift rooftop show of a feminist werewolf classic!

PAYWALL: THE BUSINESS OF SCHOLARSHIP

2018 / US + / Jason Schmitt

Thu, Oct 2512:00pm

Free screening presented by University of Iowa Libraries! This documentary dives into the need for open access to research and science.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA – VARIETE

1925 / Germany / E.A. Dupont

Sat, Oct 277:00pm

FilmScene and The Englert Theatre present another memorable evening with the silent film scoring musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra! The spectacular cinematic symphony returns to the Englert stage with E.A. Dupont’s recently restored 1925 German masterpiece VARIETE.

THE DISASTER ARTIST

2017 / USA / James Franco

Sat, Oct 2711:00pm

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

2018 / Canada / Astra Taylor

Sun, Oct 285:00pm

This urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

THE LOST BOYS

1987 / USA / Joel Schumacher

Sun, Oct 288:00pm

“What’s that smell?” “Vampires, my friend, vampires.” After moving to a small town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

CHAVELA

2017 / Mexico + / Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

Tue, Oct 306:00pm

The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

HALLOWEEN

1978 / US / John Carpenter (Escape From New York)

Wed, Oct 3110:00pm

Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again…and again…and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween.

DARK MONEY

2018 / USA / Kimberly Reed

Sun, Nov 45:00pm

This political thriller examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

FARGO

1996 / USA + / Joel Coen +

Sun, Nov 118:00pm

An annual tradition, we close the Rooftop Series with a special screening of the Coen Bros. comic-crime classic. Bottomless hot chocolate and coffee with your ticket? You betcha!

TRANSAMERICA

2005 / USA / Duncan Tucker

Mon, Nov 127:00pm

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!

BPM

2017 / France / Robin Campillo

Mon, Dec 37:00pm

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!