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 EYE OPENER FOOD & FILM

2018

The Eye Opener—a delicious fundraising brunch for FilmScene, Iowa City’s nonprofit cinema—is back with more mouth-watering food and film. There’s no easier way to support us than our annual food and film fundraiser—open wide!

KEDI

2017 / Turkey + / Ceyda Torun

Tue, Dec 115:00pm

We celebrate 5 years with an encore series chosen by you! A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of one of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known: cats! Critics and internet cats agree, this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul!

BLACK CHRISTMAS aka SILENT NIGHT, EVIL NIGHT

1974 / Canada / Bob Clark (PORKY'S)

Wed, Dec 1210:00pm

The original holiday slasher. Plus, get your picture taken in the lobby with a very bad Santa.

ELF

2003 / USA / Jon Favreau

Thu, Dec 133:30pm

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

AT ETERNITY’S GATE: OPEN CAPTIONS

2018 / Switzerland + / Julian Schnabel

Thu, Dec 136:00pm

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Aries, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surround him. This showtime will be presented with captions.

THE STAR

2017 / USA / Timothy Reckart

Sat, Dec 1510:00amSun, Dec 1610:00amThu, Dec 203:30pm

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

MOONLIGHT

2016 / USA / Barry Jenkins

Tue, Dec 185:00pm

We celebrate 5 years with an encore series chosen by you! A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

JACK FROST

1997 / USA / Michael Cooney

Wed, Dec 1910:00pm

The late 90s staple of video stores and late night TV is finally on the big screen!

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

1946 / USA / Frank Capra

Sat, Dec 2210:00amSun, Dec 2310:00amThu, Dec 273:30pm

In Frank Capra’s definitive holiday classic, an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

NEW YEAR’S EVIL

1980 / USA / Emmett Alston (Demonwarp)

Wed, Dec 2610:00pm

Don’t dare make New Year’s resolutions…unless you plan to live!

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

2005 / France / Luc Jacquet

Sat, Dec 2910:00amSun, Dec 3010:00amThu, Jan 33:30pm

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

THE ARTIST – A PARISIAN NEW YEAR

2011 / France + / Michael Hazanavicius

Mon, Dec 315:00pm

Our annual countdown to the New Year on Paris time includes a champagne toast and French pastries! Join us for this Best Picture Academy Award winner, about an egomaniacal film star who develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood’s silent era,

THE SUCKLING aka SEWAGE BABY

1990 / USA / Francis Teri

Wed, Jan 210:00pm

He’ll always be…Mommy’s little mutant.

LIYANA

2018 / Swaziland + / Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp

Sat, Jan 510:00amSun, Jan 610:00amThu, Jan 103:30pm

Five Swazi orphaned children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest.

THE THING

1982 / USA / John Carpenter

Wed, Jan 910:00pm

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

ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

2018 / Various / Various

Sat, Jan 1210:00amSun, Jan 1310:00amThu, Jan 173:30pm

The Animation Show of Shows presents 15 new thought-provoking, poignant and very funny animated short films from around the world.

EARLY MAN

2018 / USA + / Nick Park

Sat, Jan 1910:00amSun, Jan 2010:00amThu, Jan 243:30pm

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

BMX BANDITS

1982 / Australia / Brian Trenchard-Smith

Sat, Jan 2610:00amSun, Jan 2710:00amThu, Jan 313:30pm

Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie talkies.

MIRAI

2018 / Japan / Mamoru Hosoda

Sat, Feb 210:00amSun, Feb 310:00amThu, Feb 73:30pm

A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future.

SMALLFOOT

2018 / USA / Karey Kirkpatrick +

Sat, Feb 910:00amSun, Feb 1010:00amThu, Feb 143:30pm

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist.

DISNEY’S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

2018 / USA / Marc Forster

Sat, Feb 1610:00amSun, Feb 1710:00amThu, 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.

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.