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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

PARTICLE FEVER

2013 / USA / Mark Levinson

Mon, Mar 236:00pm

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the very first time, physicist are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time – or perhaps their greatest failure. Presented as part of Science on Screen at FilmScene.

FANTASTIC FUNGI

2019 / USA / Louie Schwartzberg

Thu, Mar 266:00pm

A descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. Presented as part of Science on Screen at FilmScene.

BURDEN OF GENIUS

2017 / USA / Tjardus Greidanus

Fri, Apr 36:00pmSat, Apr 42:00pm

In 1967, Dr. Thomas Starzl stunned the world with the first successful liver transplantation. His breakthrough provoked controversy. Critics accused him of recklessness, even murder. Others declared it the beginning of a revolution.

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

1987 / USA / Kyle Duane Kazimour

Sat, Apr 251:00pmSun, Apr 261:00pm

Somewhere Only We Know follows the Janice and Richard Horak and their decision to put their land under protection by a conservation easement, to keep the land undeveloped to the end of time.

MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

2019 / USA / Irene Taylor Brodsky

Tue, May 57:00pm

A deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata. Presented as part of Science on Screen at FilmScene.

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

2019 / USA / Midge Costin

Tue, May 267:00pm

An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery. Presented as part of Science on Screen at FilmScene.

Previous Screenings

THE FLY

1986 / USA + / David Cronenberg

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. Presented as part of Science on Screen at FilmScene.

GRAVITY

2013 / UK + / Alfonso Cuaron

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!

SCIENCE FAIR

2018 / USA / Cristina Costantini +

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!

FAR FROM THE TREE

2018 / USA / Jamila Ephron +

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!

CONTAGION

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.