Science on Screen

FilmScene, Iowa City’s nonprofit cinema, is a proud partner of Science on Screen®. An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Science on Screen® supports recipients efforts to present films that—directly or indirectly—are connected to science.

Upcoming Screenings


2018 / USA / Jamila Ephron +

Wed, Mar 207:00pm

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways. Co-director Jamila Ephron in attendance!


2018 / USA / Cristina Costantini +

Sat, Apr 132:00pm

Nine high school students from disparate concerns of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named “Best in Fair.” See the film and then meet local student science fair stars and learn about their projects at FilmScene’s Lobby Science Fair! FREE!


2013 / UK + / Alfonso Cuaron

Sun, Apr 213:00pm

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them stranded in space. Film preceeded by a “physics roast” hosted by the University of Iowa’s Society of Physics Students!


2019 / USA / John Chester

Fri, Apr 266:00pm

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

Previous Screenings


2011 / USA + / Steven Soderbergh

Heathcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to a find a cure.


2016 / USA / Theodore Melfi

Free soul food dinner and film with NASA astronaut Jeanette J Epps! Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American methematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.


1985 / USA / Martha Coolidge

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.


2014 / Australia / Jennifer Kent

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.


1982 / USA / Steven Spielberg

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. Join tie-dyed lab coat scientists and UI Physics and Astronomy Professor Cornelia Lang after the film as they talk space, life on other planets and, you know, little green men. Interactive and fun for all ages!