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.

SPIDER BABY

1967 / US / Jack Hill (Switchblade Sisters)

Wed, Oct 1710:00pm

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly.

CARRIE

1976 / USA / Brian De Palma

Sat, Oct 2011:00pm

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. 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.

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD

2018 / USA / Matt Tyrnauer

Sun, Oct 215:00pm

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

RUSHMORE

1998 / USA / Wes Anderson

Mon, Oct 226:00pm

Dinner & A Movie presented by FilmScene and Graduate Hotel, with food inspired by this Wes Anderson classic!

THELMA

2017 / Norway

Tue, Oct 236:00pm

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Horizon Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

GINGER SNAPS

2000 / USA / John Fawcett

Wed, Oct 2410:00pm

The calendar calls for a Full Moon, and we celebrate with a special Late Shift rooftop show of a feminist werewolf classic!

PAYWALL: THE BUSINESS OF SCHOLARSHIP

2018 / US + / Jason Schmitt

Thu, Oct 2512:00pm

Free screening presented by University of Iowa Libraries! This documentary dives into the need for open access to research and science.

CORALINE

2009 / USA / Henry Selick

Sat, Oct 2710:00amSun, Oct 2810:00amThu, Nov 13:30pm

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA – VARIETE

1925 / Germany / E.A. Dupont

Sat, Oct 277:00pm

FilmScene and The Englert Theatre present another memorable evening with the silent film scoring musical ensemble Alloy Orchestra! The spectacular cinematic symphony returns to the Englert stage with E.A. Dupont’s recently restored 1925 German masterpiece VARIETE.

ATOMIC BLONDE

2017 / USA / David Leitch

Sat, Oct 2711:00pm

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. 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.

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

2018 / Canada / Astra Taylor

Sun, Oct 285:00pm

This urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

THE LOST BOYS

1987 / USA / Joel Schumacher

Sun, Oct 288:00pm

“What’s that smell?” “Vampires, my friend, vampires.” After moving to a small town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

CHAVELA

2017 / Mexico + / Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

Tue, Oct 306:00pm

The life of pioneering singer Chavela Vargas, from her birth in Costa Rica in 1919 to her death in Mexico in 2012. Presented as part of the Bijou Film Board’s Film Forum Series – FREE for UI students (present student ID at the box office) and $6.50 for the general public.

HALLOWEEN

1978 / US / John Carpenter (Escape From New York)

Wed, Oct 3110:00pm

Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again…and again…and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween.

PETER RABBIT

2018 / Australia + / Will Gluck

Sat, Nov 310:00amSun, Nov 410:00amThu, Nov 83:30pm

Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit.

DARK MONEY

2018 / USA / Kimberly Reed

Sun, Nov 45:00pm

This political thriller examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

BREWMASTER

2018 / USA / Douglas Tirola

Mon, Nov 55:30pm

Essential viewing for beer fanatics! The story of craft beer as told through a young lawyer who dreams of opening his own brewery and a beer educator trying to pass the Master Cicerone exam. Ticket includes tastings from Big Grove Brewery, Iowa Brewing Co. and more, and FilmScene will be tapping our Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout!

THE NEON DEAD

2017 / US / Torey Haas (Dead by Midnight)

Wed, Nov 710:00pm

An 80s-style horror/comedy with sword fights, stop motion monsters and video game-inspired boss battles.

THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES

2017 / France / Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert

Sat, Nov 1010:00amSun, Nov 1110:00amThu, Nov 153:30pm

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals: a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

FARGO

1996 / USA + / Joel Coen +

Sun, Nov 118:00pm

An annual tradition, we close the Rooftop Series with a special screening of the Coen Bros. comic-crime classic. Bottomless hot chocolate and coffee with your ticket? You betcha!

TRANSAMERICA

2005 / USA / Duncan Tucker

Mon, Nov 127:00pm

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!

MANIAC w/OBSIDIAN

1980 / US / William Lustig

Wed, Nov 1410:00pm

There is no explicit sex in this picture, however there are scenes of violence that are considered horrifying.

FREE BIRDS

2013 / USA / Jimmy Hayward

Sat, Nov 1710:00amSun, Nov 1810:00amThu, Nov 223:30pm

Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

1947 / US / George Seaton

Sat, Nov 2410:00amSun, Nov 2510:00amThu, Nov 293:30pm

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he’s the real thing.

BPM

2017 / France / Robin Campillo

Mon, Dec 37:00pm

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride!

ELF

2003 / USA / Jon Favreau

Sat, Dec 810:00amThu, 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.

THE GRINCH

2018 / USA / Yarrow Cheney +

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

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

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.

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.