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.

DISNEY’S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

2018 / USA / Marc Forster

Thu, Feb 213:30pm

A working class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

WORLD OF FACTS

2018 / USA / Mike Gibisser

Thu, Feb 216:00pm

True mourning’s in the apartment furniture, not the cemetary. Presented as part of FilmScene’s Filmmaker Spotlight, with director and University of Iowa Cinematic Arts Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Mike Gibisser.

HIDDEN FIGURES

2016 / USA / Theodore Melfi

Fri, Feb 225:00pm

Free soul food dinner and film with NASA astronaut Jeanette J Epps! Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American methematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

1990 / USA / Tim Burton

Sat, Feb 2310:00amSun, Feb 2410:00amThu, Feb 2810:00am

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

CONTAGION

2011 / USA + / Steven Soderbergh

Sat, Feb 233:00pm

Heathcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to a find a cure.

VELVET GOLDMINE

1998 / UK + / Todd Haynes

Sat, Feb 2311:00pm

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970’s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. 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.

BLUE CARPET BASH 2019

2019

Sun, Feb 245:30pm

Hollywood’s biggest night is going without a host this year, but YOU don’t have to! FilmScene hosts a party for the people, with blue carpet, giveaways, drink specials and prediction prizes in celebration of the year in movies!

THE ACT OF KILLING

2013 / Indonesia + / Joshua Oppenheimer

Tue, Feb 266:00pm

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarious and lavish musical numbers. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE

1970 / USA / Edward D. Wood Jr.

Wed, Feb 2710:00pm

The long lost Ed Wood film is found and preserved from the only remaining print in existence.

OPENING NIGHT SOIREE

2019

Fri, Mar 15:00pm

Sip, snack, shop and take in a gallery reception at an opening night party hosted by Velvet Coat and University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

1992 / US / Fran Rubel Kuzui

Sat, Mar 211:00pm

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires.

BODIES, BOUNDARIES & BORDERS

0 / Various / Various

Sun, Mar 32:00pm

This short film event showcases locally connected work that disrupts assumptions and representations of bodies and spaces that may become naturalized. FREE with post-screening Q&A!

THE THIRD WIFE

2018 / Vietnam / Ash Mayfair

Mon, Mar 46:00pm

In 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her hidden desires force her to make a choice between living in safety and being free. Presented as part of Women’s March: Vanguard Voices.

MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE

1998 / USA / Sarah Jacobson

Wed, Mar 610:00pm

New 2K preservations of these cinematic beacons combining B-movies aethetics and 90s riot grrrl feminism.

CITIZENFOUR

2014 / USA + / Laura Poitras

Thu, Mar 73:30pm

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. Programmed and presented FREE by University of Iowa Cinematic Arts Documentary Studies class.

ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

2014 / USA + / Signe Baumane

Thu, Mar 76:00pm

Signe Baumane and five women in her family battle with depression and madness.

URANIUM DERBY

2017 / USA / Brittany Prater

Sat, Mar 96:30pm

A filmmaker discovers her hometown of Ames, IA was secretly involved in the Manhattan Project.

THE BLING RING

2013 / US / Sofia Coppola

Sat, Mar 911:00pm

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

NTL: JULIE

2018 / UK / Carrie Cracknell

Sun, Mar 102:00pm

Presented by National Theatre Live, and in partnership with the Englert Theatre, this provocative production stars Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) as wild Julie, who throws herself a birthday party which descends into a savage fight for escape and ultimately survival.

RAFIKI

2018 / Kenya / Wanuri Kahiu

Mon, Mar 116:00pm

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Presented as part of Women’s March; Vanguard Voices.

AWFUL PURDIES & CINEMA PIONEERS

0 / Various / Various

Wed, Mar 136:30pm

Join FilmScene and Iowa City’s own Awful Purdies for a night of live music and silent films from pioneering female filmmakers!

THE HITCH-HIKER

1953 / USA / Ida Lupino

Wed, Mar 1310:00pm

Who will be his next victim…you? Celebrate the centenary of Hollywood trailblazer Ida Lupino with the newly-restored The Hitch-Hiker.

SPRING BREAK MAKERS & CREATORS FILM CAMP

2018

Mon, Mar 188:30am

FilmScene invites girls, trans, and gender non-binary youth ages 7 to 14 to our Spring Break Animation and Film Camp! Taught by filmmaker Kelly Gallagher, camp is held daily from 8:30AM to 3:00PM, March 18 through 22, 2019.

THE CHAMBERMAID

2019 / Mexico / Lila Aviles

Mon, Mar 186:00pm

A young maid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life. Presented as part of Women’s March: Vanguard Voices.

FAR FROM THE TREE

2018 / USA / Jamila Ephron +

Wed, Mar 207:00pm

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways. Co-director Jamila Ephron in attendance!

THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY

1978 / USA / Gail Palmer (Prisoner of Paradise)

Wed, Mar 2010:00pm

A bold, hilarious female vision from the traditionally male dominated adult film industry.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED

1926 / Germany / Lotte Reiniger

Thu, Mar 216:00pm

Hailed as the first feature-length animated film in the history of cinema, this captivating film by pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger tells the story of Prince Achmed’s magical adventures.

LITTLE WOODS

2019 / USA / Nia DaCosta

Mon, Mar 256:00pm

In North Dakota, two estranged sisters are driven to extremes when their mother dies, leaving them with one week to pay back her mortgage. Presented as part of Women’s March: Vanguard Voices.

THEY

2017 / USA + / Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Wed, Mar 277:30pm

Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun “They” and is exploring gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition.

SCARLET DIVA

2000 / Italy / Asia Argento (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things)

Wed, Mar 2710:00pm

Scarlet Diva has been rediscovered by audiences and critics alike in the wake of its portrayal of the need for the Time’s Up movement. Late Shift at the Grindhouse is proud to present a selection by guest programmer, filmmaker Jessie Seitz (Devotion).

ANIMATION PIONEERS: FORM & FIGURES

0 / Various / Various

Thu, Mar 286:00pm

This unique program, curated specifically for Women’s March, presentes animated short films from around the world that relate to the female body. Pleasure, pain, love and relationships are brought to life with paint, clay, computer graphics and more. Contains mature content.

FISH TANK

2009 / UK / Andrea Arnold

Sat, Mar 3011:00pm

Fiften year-old Mia’s world is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

2010 / USA / Lisa Cholodenko

Sun, Mar 316:00pm

Our Women’s March closing night Dinner and a Movie with a film inspired menu from our favorite vegan restaurateur Katy Meyer of Trumpet Blossom Cafe.

MIND TRAP aka DANGER USA aka WHITE WIDOW

1989 / USA / Eames Demetrios (Common Knowledge: An Oral History of 1988)

Wed, Apr 310:00pm

Hell hath no fury like an actress bent on revenge. Presented with short film Phantoms of the Fog!

NTL: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND

2019 / UK / Joe Hill-Gibbins

Sun, Apr 72:00pm

Presented by National Theatre Live, and in partnership with the Englert Theatre. Richard II is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into an uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne.

SCIENCE FAIR

2018 / USA / Cristina Costantini +

Sat, Apr 132:00pm

Nine high school students from disparate concerns of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named “Best in Fair.” See the film and then meet local student science fair stars and learn about their projects at FilmScene’s Lobby Science Fair! FREE!

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 HIV/AIDS in Iowa City: Thirty Years and Beyond and Iowa City Pride.

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.

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.

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!