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 WISHMASTER

1997 / USA / Robert Kurtzman (The Rage)

Wed, Oct 2310:00pm

Magically powerful. Supernaturally evil. Follow the Wishmaster’s blood curdling quest to devour souls and plunge the world into eternal damnation.

MY BROTHER’S WEDDING

1983 / USA / Charles Burnett

Thu, Oct 246:00pm

A man has conflicts with his upwardly mobile brother and well-to-do fiance and is reluctantly to be the best man at their wedding. Presented as part of FilmScene’s Charles Burnett Retrospective. Burnett will be honored with our Cinema Savant award on November 2.

GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR

2019 / USA / Travis Stevens

Fri, Oct 2510:00pmSat, Oct 2610:00pm

Special FilmScream 2019 encore! Don Koch tries to renovate a rundown house for his growing family, only to learn that the house has other plans.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

1945 / US / Rene Clair

Sat, Oct 2610:00pm

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary, and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They workd together to determine who the killer is… Could it be one of them? Presented as part of the Bijou After Hours program. FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $7.00 for the public.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA – SPEEDY

1928 / USA / Ted Wilde

Sun, Oct 277:00pm

FilmScene and The Englert Theatre present another memorable evening with the silent film scoring musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra! The spectacular cinema symphony returns to the Englert Stage with Harold Lloyd’s 1928 physical comedy gem SPEEDY.

IWP CINEMATHEQUE

0 / Various / Various

Sun, Oct 277:00pmSun, Nov 37:00pm

Join us select Sundays at FilmScene on the Ped Mall for a series of surprises, presented by the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency participants.

BEETLEJUICE

1988 / USA / Tim Burton

Sun, Oct 278:00pm

“I myself am strange and unusual.” The spirits of a deceased couple hire a malicious spirit to drive out the unbearable family that has moved into their home.

THE IRONMEN SCRIPT READING

2019

Mon, Oct 285:00pm

Join FilmScene for an intimate evening kicking off the pre-production of the highly anticipated, home grown feature film, The Ironmen!

FILMSCENE 101: FACT OR FICTION

2019 / Various

Mon, Oct 286:00pm

This 4-week course introduces our new Adult Education series, and will challenge the conventional differences between fiction and documentary by exploring the grey area between them.

CHICAGOLAND SHORTS VOLUME 5

2019 / US

Tue, Oct 296:00pm

An anthology of short films that showcase Chicago’s new wave of independant cinema. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Forum series. FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $7.00 for the public.

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH

1982 / USA / Tommy Lee Wallace (It miniseries)

Wed, Oct 3010:00pm

Every parent’s nightmare comes to life in this suspenseful film about a maniacal plot to possess millions of children as they innocently set out for a hight of tricks and treats on Halloween. One more day to Halloween…Silver Shamrock…It’s almost time kids…the clock is ticking…

KILLER OF SHEEP

1978 / USA / Charles Burnett

Thu, Oct 316:00pm

Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emptions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support. Presented as part of FilmScene’s Charles Burnett Retrospective. Burnett will be honored with our Cinema Savant award on November 2.

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

1988 / Japan / Hayao Miyazaki

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

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

LYNCH: A HISTORY

2019 / USA / David Shields

Sat, Nov 21:00pm

A kaleidoscopic look at NFL star Marshawn Lynch and his use of silence as a form of protest. Screening followed by Q&A with director David Shields. Presented as part of Witching Hour 2019. FREE for Witching Hour pass holders; $10 for general public tickets.

CINEMA SAVANT: CHARLES BURNETT

1986

Sat, Nov 27:00pm

Join FilmScene for an evening celebrating the career of pioneering writer-director-producer, Charles Burnett.

A BIGGER SPLASH

1973 / UK / Jack Hazan

Mon, Nov 46:00pm

When David Hockney’s beautiful lover breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. An artist, he suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, awash in depression and loneliness.

RABBIT A LA BERLIN

2009 / Poland + / Bartosz Konopka

Wed, Nov 68:00pm

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, join FilmScene and the University of Iowa’s German Department for this Academy Award-nominated short film with discussion to follow.

JUNGLE TRAP

1990 / USA / James Bryan (Lady Street Fighter)

Wed, Nov 610:00pm

Murderous ghost warriors…diabolical elderly bellboys…alcoholic airplane pilots…This rampaging slab of shot-on-video anti-sanity was directed by exploitation demigod James Bryan in 1990, but remained unedited, unscored and unseen by human eyes…until now!

TRACIE MORRIS – A HISTORY OF AMERICAN VIOLENCE: BLACK CRONENBERG

2019 / USA / Tracie Morris +

Thu, Nov 78:00pm

Tracie Morris, Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, performs live with the David Cronenberg film, A History of Violence, reinterpreting the film’s premise and performances in African-American characterizations.

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN

1969 / USA / Bill Melendez

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

Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals.

CITIZEN K WITH ALEX GIBNEY

2019 / UK + / Alex Gibney

Sun, Nov 104:00pm

Join the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and FilmScene for a free screening of Citizen K and post-screening dialogue with Academy Award-winning writer/director Alex Gibney.

FARGO

1996 / USA / Joel Coen +

Sun, Nov 108:00pm

An annual tradition, we close our Rooftop series with the Coen Brothers comic-crime classic. Bottomless hot chocolate and coffee with your ticket? You betcha!

TENNESSEE GOTHIC

2019 / USA / Jeff Wedding (A Measure of Sin)

Wed, Nov 1310:00pm

When a dim-witted widower and his teenage son offer a beautiful young woman refuge on their farm, their living situation escalates from hysterical comedy to maddening horror once they discover she’s not who she says she is. Director Jeff Wedding presents his new film in person!

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: BOUND

1996 / USA / Lana Wachowski +

Thu, Nov 148:00pm

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Ceasar. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the Verge.

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

1926 / France / Carl Dreyer

Fri, Nov 157:30pm

The critically acclaimed 1928 silent film by Carl Dreyer is brought to life with a haunting new score performed live, reimagining this classic film a modern urgency. Combining electronic music with sacred chant and strings, composer George Sarah crafts a moving and unforgettable experience.

SNOOPY, COME HOME

1972 / USA / Bill Melendez

Sat, Nov 1610:00amSun, Nov 1710:00amThu, Nov 213:30pm

Snoopy is forced to choose between his former owner Lila, and Charlie Brown.

HEADROOM: EMILY VEY DUKE AND COOPER BATTERSBY

0 / Emily Vey Duke +

Sat, Nov 168:00pm

Presented FREE as part of the Headroom Screening Series, with both filmmakers present for a Q&A following the screening.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

2019 / UK / Nicholas Hytner

Sun, Nov 172:00pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play in Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy.

ONE DAY ANIMATION CAMP

2019 / USA (Iowa City) / Mark Jones

Tue, Nov 198:30amMon, Mar 28:30am

Our popular Summer Camp returns with one day workshops! Summer Camp alumni and new campers encouraged to register!

FIRST LOVE

2019 / Japan / Takashi Miike (Audition)

Wed, Nov 2010:00pmFri, Nov 2210:00pmSat, Nov 2310:00pm

A noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: WANDA

1970 / USA / Barbara Loden

Thu, Nov 218:00pm

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the Verge.

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER

2018 / Japan / Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Sat, Nov 2310:00amSun, Nov 2410:00amThu, Nov 283:30pm

Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.

THANKSKILLING

2009 / USA / Jordan Downey (The Head Hunter)

Wed, Nov 2710:00pm

A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break. Warning! Boobs in the first second!

BABE

1995 / Australia + / Chris Noonan

Sat, Nov 3010:00amSun, Dec 110:00amThu, Dec 53:30pm

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

PRIDE

2014 / UK + / Matthew Warchus

Mon, Dec 26:00pm

UK gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

BEYOND HORROR: THE HISTORY AND SUB-CULTURE OF RED FILMS

2019 / USA / Jessie Seitz (Devotion) and Marcus Koch (American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock)

Wed, Dec 410:00pm

Directors Jessie Seitz and Marcus Koch will be at FilmScene to present their first-of-its-kind documentary on the history of extreme cinema.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: MADELINE’S MADELINE

2018 / USA / Josephine Decker

Thu, Dec 58:00pm

A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the Verge.

HOME ALONE

1990 / USA / Chris Columbus

Sat, Dec 710:00amSun, Dec 810:00amThu, Dec 123:30pm

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: KNIVES AND SKIN

2019 / USA / Jennifer Reeder

Wed, Dec 1110:00pm

A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and parents. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the VergeDirector Jennifer Reeder in person!

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: THE HEADLESS WOMAN

2008 / Argentina + / Lucretia Martel

Thu, Dec 128:00pm

After hitting something with her car, a woman’s life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the Verge.

ELF

2003 / USA / Jon Favreau

Sat, Dec 1410:00amSun, Dec 1510:00amThu, Dec 193:30pm

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

2019 / UK / Richard Bean

Sun, Dec 152:00pm

The Tony Award-winning performance from James Cordon, who plays the permanently revenous Francis Henshall in a production hailed as “the funniest show on the planet.”

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on 35mm

1946 / USA / Frank Capra

Wed, Dec 185:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with this Christmas classic, presented in glorious 35mm! Join FilmScene, carolers, and Mary Owen, daughter of Iowa’s own Donna Reed for a night of holiday spirit, eggnog, Christmas cookies and more!

DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS

1989 / France / Rene Manzor (The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Passion for Life)

Wed, Dec 1810:00pm

Dial Code Santa Claus is the terror version of Home Alone. A 9-year-old kid in his house, tormented by a demented Santa Claus, fights for his survival by setting traps. Christmas will never be the same again.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

1946 / USA / Frank Capra

Sat, Dec 2110:00amSun, Dec 2210:00amThu, Dec 263:30pm

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. Presented in glorious 35mm!

LITTLE WOMEN

2019 / USA / Greta Gerwig

Wed, Dec 2512:00am

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and presented in 35mm.

ABOMINABLE

2019 / China + / Jill Culton +

Sat, Dec 2810:00amSun, Dec 2910:00amThu, Jan 23:30pm

A magical Yeti must return to his family.

MOULIN ROUGE – A PARISIAN NEW YEAR

2001 / Australia + / Baz Luhrmann

Tue, Dec 314:00pm

Trois, deaux, un – bonne annee! Our annual countdown to the New Year on Paris time includes a champagne toast and French pastries! Join us for the bombastic, unabashadly romantic Moulin Rouge – singing along allowed!

CHOPPING MALL

1986 / USA / Jim Wynorski (Deathstalker II)

Wed, Jan 110:00pm

The future has arrived at the Park Plaza Malls where state-of-the-art security robots are installed as the new automated “night watchmen.” When an errant bolt of lightning short circuits the main computer control, these protector robots turn into “killbots”…on the loose and hunting for human lives.