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.

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.

THE EYE OPENER

2019

Sun, Dec 84:00pm

New space, new format, but all the things you love about our annual fundraising celebration!

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.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD

1988 / USA / John Carl Buechler (Troll)

Fri, Dec 1310:00pm

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him. Souvenir Jason mask with your ticket!

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.

BIJOU OPEN SCREEN + DANCE PARTY

2020 / Various

Sat, Dec 147:00pm

Bijou’s bi-annual invitation to student and community filmmakers to share their work on the big screen – followed by a DJ Dance Party at FilmScene’s Screening Room on the Ped Mall. Free for all attendees!

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 185:00pm

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.

WORKING MAN

2019 / USA / Robert Jury

Sat, Jan 114:00pm

When a factory closes in a small Rust Belt town, one older worker continues going to his former job every day, despite the shutdown. Presented as part of our Filmmaker Spotlight series – with director and writer Robert Jury!

FIRST IN THE NATION FILM FESTIVAL

2019

Mon, Jan 1312:00pm

Progress Iowa is proud to announce the First In The Nation Film Festival! Official selections will be presented at FilmScene on Monday, January 13. Submissions deadline: Friday, December 20.

END OF THE CENTURY

2019 / Argentina / Lucio Castro

Thu, Jan 236:00pm

Two men meet in Barcelona and after spending a day together realize they have already met twenty years ago.

PRESENT LAUGHTER

2019 / UK / Matthew Warchus

Sun, Jan 262:00pm

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noel Coward’s provocative comedy about star actor Garry Essendine’s colorful life as it spirals out of control.

KIKI

2016 / Sweden + / Sara Jordeno

Thu, Feb 136:00pm

A group of LGBTQ youth of color unite to form a safe gathering space within the Kiki culture of New York City.

ALL MY SONS

2019 / UK / Jeremy Herrin

Sun, Feb 162:00pm

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe (Bill Pullman) and Kate Keller (Sally Field) are a success story. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter in Arthur Miller’s blistering All My Sons.

LAST CHANCE TANGO

2019 / USA / Sonja Strathearn

Mon, Feb 176:00pm

Daniel meets the twin of his deceased wife and tries to win her heart by learning tango together. Presented as part of our Filmmaker Spotlight series – with director Sonja Strathearn in person!

HOLY TRINITY

2019 / USA / Molly Hewitt

Thu, Mar 196:00pm

After an incident huffing her drug of choice, sex-positive, Dominatrix Trinity finds herself with a newfound gift for speaking to the dead.

HAMLET

2019 / UK / Robin Lough

Sun, Mar 292:00pm

Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet (Benedict Cumberbatch) rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

THE AUDIENCE

2019 / UK / Stephen Daldry

Sun, Apr 192:00pm

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience. Through these private conversations, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

CHANGING THE GAME

2019 / USA / Michael Barnett

Thu, Apr 236:00pm

Transgender high school athletes from across the country compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.