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.

BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK

2019 / USA / Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound)

Wed, Jun 1910:00pm

A novice park ranger faces her darkest fears on a remote mountain trail.

SHAZAM!

2019 / USA / David F. Sandberg

Thu, Jun 2010:00amSat, Jun 2210:00amSun, Jun 2310:00am

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting one word – SHAZAM – this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.

GREASE

1978 / USA / Randal Kleiser

Sat, Jun 228:00pm

The Iowa City Downtown District Block Party returns! Find FilmScene and our outdoor movie screen on Linn Street for this FREE presentation of this musical classic. BYOC (bring your own chair), film begins at sundown!

THE TERMINATOR

1984 / USA / James Cameron

Sun, Jun 238:00pm

“Come with me if you want to live.” A seemingly indestructible android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

FILMSCENE SUMMER CAMP

2019 / Kaitlyn Busbee +

Mon, 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!

PIT STOP

1968 / USA / Jack Hill (Switchblade Sisters)

Wed, Jun 2610:00pm

Raw guts for glory! Flesh against steel! Crash-o-rama!

WONDER PARK

2019 / Spain + / Josh Appelbaum +

Thu, Jun 2710:00amSat, Jun 2910:00amSun, Jun 3010:00am

Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

BASQUIAT

1996 / USA / Julian Schnabel

Sun, Jun 305:00pm

The brief life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a world-renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity. Free screening presented by The ArtiFactory!

THE BIKES OF WRATH

2018 / Australia / Cameron Ford +

Mon, Jul 19:00pm

2600 kilometers, $420 dollars, 30 days, 5 bikes, 3 cameras, 2 guitars – the Bikes of Wrath is a story of adventure, physical struggle, human interaction, cultural commentary and the American Dream. Join FilmScene and World of Bikes for this FREE screening at Big Grove Brewery!

PIRANHA

1978 / USA / Joe Dante (The Howling)

Wed, Jul 310:00pm

Man has meddled with mother nature and the result is not only deadly…it’s voracious!

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

2018 / USA / Genndy Tartakovsky

Thu, Jul 410:00amSat, Jul 610:00amSun, Jul 710:00am

Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.

LA LA LAND

2016 / USA / Damien Chazelle

Sun, Jul 78:00pm

“I’m always gonna love you.” While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

2019 / USA / Mike Mitchell

Thu, Jul 1110:00amSat, Jul 1310:00amSun, Jul 1410:00am

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens of Bricksburg are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wreaking everything faster than they can rebuild!

SMALL ISLAND

2019 / UK / Helen Edmundson

Sun, Jul 142:00pm

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic theatre adaptation, a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through WWII to 1948.

ANBESSA

2019 / Ethiopia + / Mo Scarpelli

Sun, Jul 147:00pm

Our fourth season continues with our first selection filmed in Africa. Director Mo Scarpelli’s creative exploration of a 10-year-old boy-“a young lion”-coming of age in a quickly changing Ethiopia.

THE HAPPY PRINCE

2018 / UK + / Rupert Everett

Mon, Jul 156:00pm

His body ailing, Oscar Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.

MODEST HEROES

2018 / Japan / Yoshiyuki Momose +

Thu, Jul 1810:00amSat, Jul 2010:00amSun, Jul 2110:00am

An anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.

THE MATRIX

1999 / US / Lana Wachowski +

Sun, Jul 218:00pm

“Woah.” A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

MISSING LINK

2019 / Canada + / Chris Butler

Thu, Jul 2510:00amSat, Jul 2710:00amSun, Jul 2810:00am

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

FIGHT CLUB

1999 / USA / David Fincher

Sun, Aug 48:00pm

“The first rule of Fight Club is…” An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

FRANKENSTEIN

2019

Sun, Aug 112:00pm

The thrilling, international sensation returns, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, directed by Danny Boyle.

A KID LIKE JAKE

2018 / USA / Silas Howard

Mon, Aug 126:00pm

Loving parents of a four-year-old must come to terms with their child being transgender.

JURASSIC PARK

1993 / USA / Steven Spielberg

Sun, Aug 188:00pm

“Must go faster…!” During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

1985 / USA / Robert Zemeckis

Sun, Sep 18:00pm

“Great Scott!” Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

2018 / USA / Madeleine Olnek

Mon, Sep 96:00pm

The poet Emily Dickinson’s persona, popularized since her death, has been that of a reclusive spinster – a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. In this humorous drama, Molly Shannon captures the vivacious, irreverent side of Emily Dickinson that was covered up for years – most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II

1989 / USA / Robert Zemeckis

Sun, Sep 158:00pm

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985…without interfering with his first trip.

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III

1990 / USA / Robert Zemeckis

Sun, Sep 298:00pm

“I’m back…I’m back *from* the future!” Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen, unless Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

THE WOLFMAN

1941 / USA / George Waggner

Sun, Oct 138:00pm

“It isn’t a wolf…it’s a werewolf!” A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

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.

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!