Filmscene

Special Event

Film provides a unique avenue for audience engagement around topical issues. It's also a whole lot of fun to go to the movies. With that in mind, FilmScene cultivates dozens of unique special events throughout the year to engage with Iowa City audiences.

Upcoming Screenings

CATS

2019 / UK + / Tom Hooper

Sat, Feb 229:00pmSun, Feb 2311:00am

A tribe of cats must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heviside Layer and come back to new life. Drink specials aplenty!

MOSQUITA Y MARI

2012 / USA / Aurora Guerrero

Thu, Feb 275:30pm

After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOVIE?

2016 / UK + / Paul Anton Smith

Sat, Feb 2912:30pm3:00pm

Celebrate an extra day in the year with an extra movie that is made up entirely of movies. Presented FREE at 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Stop in and catch this film comprised of over 1,000 scenes from movies at the movies.

DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS, US

1991 / UK + / Julie Dash

Wed, Mar 46:00pm

Tracie Morris, Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, performs live with Julie Dash’s groundbreaking film, Daughters of the Dust, looking at the film as an African-American “historical” film, in hindsight as well as her own “interpretive” reflections on the film in the 31 years since she served on the film crew.

LUNAFEST OPENING NIGHT

2020 / /

Thu, Mar 55:30pm

Join us for a fun evening of entertaining and thought-provoking independent films while supporting Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa!

LUNAFEST ENCORE

2020 / Various / Various

Fri, Mar 66:00pmSat, Mar 72:00pmSun, Mar 82:00pm

Can’t make it to LUNAFEST Opening Night? Catch an encore of these entertaining and thought-provoking independent films, and support Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa!

MY COUSIN VINNY

1992 / USA / Jonathan Lynn

Wed, Mar 117:30pm

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins – an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners – comes in to defend them. Presented FREE for students by the UI Student Legal Services.

CHANGE THE SUBJECT

2019 / USA / Sawyer Broadley +

Tue, Mar 242:00pm

Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students who, from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented people. Presented FREE by the UI Libraries!

THE 13TH

2016 / USA / Ava DuVernay

Wed, Apr 86:00pm

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Presented FREE by the University of Iowa’s 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Planning Committee.

SUFFRAGETTE

2015 / UK + / Sarah Gavron

Wed, Apr 156:00pm

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end. Presented FREE by the University of Iowa’s 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Planning Committee.

IRON JAWED ANGELS

2004 / USA / Katja von Garnier

Fri, May 16:00pm

Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Presented FREE by Johnson County Bar Association’s Law Day Committee in celebration of Law Day 2020.

RED CEDAR CHAMBER MUSIC: BRINTON REPRISE

0 / / Various

Sun, May 103:00pm

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Red Cedar’s core ensemble returns with a (nearly) all new program featuring chamber music paired with magic lantern slides and early films inspired by the Brinton Collection of early entertainment materials.

Previous Screenings

BLUE CARPET BASH

1976 / /

Hollywood’s biggest night is earlier than ever this year – don’t miss it! FilmScene invites you to our annual big screen celebration of the year in film, once again entirely free of charge!

CORPUS CHRISTI

2019 / Poland / Jan Komasa

A reformed criminal is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release, so he dresses as a priest and ministers a small town parish.

MICHAEL MOORE WITH WHERE TO INVADE NEXT

2016 / USA / Michael Moore

Filmmaker Michael Moore joins us in person for a screening and dialogue of his acclaimed film visits various examining how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues.

COLOR OUT OF SPACE

2020 / Portugal + / Richard Stanley (The Island of Dr. Moreau - uncredited)

After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story.