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.

DECISION TO LEAVE

2022 / South Korea / Park Chan-wook

A detective investigating a man’s death in the mountains meets the dead man’s mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing.

NOPE

2022 / United States / Jordan Peele

Wed, Feb 87:00pm

Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

2022 / USA / Dean Fleischer-Camp

Wed, Feb 89:00pmFri, Feb 101:20pm

Marcel is a one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother and their pet lint. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them, Marcel is engulfed in instant fame and unprecedented danger.

NURSE 3D

2013 / United States / Douglas Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame)

Wed, Feb 810:00pm

We celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday night at the grindhouse with a trashy 3D treat.

TÁR

2022 / USA / Todd Field

Thu, Feb 93:00pmSat, Feb 1112:30pm

The life of renowned musician and composer Lydia Tár as she records the symphony that will take her formidable career to new heights.

THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

2022 / Ireland + / Martin McDonagh

Fri, Feb 101:30pm9:30pmSat, Feb 114:30pmSun, Feb 127:00pmTue, Feb 143:30pm

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

AFTERSUN

2022 / United Kingdom + / Charlotte Wells

Fri, Feb 104:00pmSat, Feb 111:30pm9:30pmMon, Feb 136:30pmThu, Feb 163:30pm

At a vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures the time she spends with her loving and idealistic father. Twenty years later, Sophie reminisces about their last holiday together as she tries to come to terms with the man she didn’t always know.

RRR

2022 / India / S. S. Rajamouli

Fri, Feb 108:00pmSun, Feb 1212:30pmWed, Feb 156:30pm

Back on the big screen where it belongs for a limited #encoRRRe, RRR is an exhilarating, action-packed spectacular mythologizing two real-life freedom fighters who helped lead India’s fight for independence from the British Raj.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

2022 / USA + / Joseph Kosinski

Sat, Feb 116:30pmSun, Feb 123:30pmMon, Feb 133:30pmWed, Feb 153:30pm6:45pm

After thirty years, Maverick is called back to teach a new batch of the best of the best his old tricks for a deadly mission.

TWILIGHT

2008 / USA / Catherine Hardwicke

Sat, Feb 1110:00pmMon, Feb 137:00pm

When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest, she falls in love with Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

1993 / USA / Nora Ephron

Tue, Feb 147:00pm

A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

WINNIE-THE-POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY

2023 / United Kingdom / Rhys Frake-Waterfield (The Killing Tree)

Wed, Feb 1510:00pm

We’ll be friends forever, won’t we…?

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

2019 / France / Céline Sciamma

Thu, Feb 167:00pm

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

COME WITH ME MY LOVE

1976 / United States / Doris Wishman

Fri, Feb 1710:00pm

A man finds his wife cheating on him with his best friend; he kills both of them and then himself. Fifty years later, his ghost haunts the same apartment building.

RATATOUILLE

2007 / USA / Brad Bird +

Sat, Feb 1811:00amSun, Feb 1911:00amThu, Feb 233:30pm

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous Paris restaurant.

THUNDER ROAD

2018 / USA / Jim Cummings

Sat, Feb 1810:00pm

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

VALLEY GIRL

1983 / United States / Martha Coolidge (Real Genius)

Wed, Feb 2210:00pm

Julie’s cool, Randy’s hot. She’s from the Valley, he’s like… so not!

TAMPOPO

1985 / Japan / Juzo Itami

Sat, Feb 2510:00pm

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship between love and food.

BLACK IS… BLACK AIN’T

1994 / USA / Marlon Riggs

Mon, Feb 277:00pm

A film about black experiences with a “backdrop of Creole cooking.”

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

2020 / USA + / Eliza Hittman

Tue, Feb 287:00pm

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

DILLINGER

1973 / United States / John Milius (Conan the Barbarian)

Wed, Mar 110:00pm

Late Shift at the Grindhouse joins The Bijou Film Board in celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of favorites from the year 1973. John Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era’s Public Enemy Number One. Presented on 16mm film!

MEAN STREETS

1973 / USA / Martin Scorsese

Thu, Mar 27:00pm

A small-time hood tries to keep the peace between his friend, Johnny and his creditors.

SPEED RACER

2008 / USA + / Lana & Lily Wachowski

Sat, Mar 410:00pm

Young driver Speed Racer aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

THE STING

1973 / USA / George Roy Hill

Tue, Mar 77:00pm

Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan.

STEELYARD BLUES

1973 / United States / Alan Myerson (Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach)

Wed, Mar 810:00pm

Late Shift at the Grindhouse joins The Bijou Film Board in celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of favorites from the year 1973.
A nimble, nose-thumbing comedy from the writer and producers of The Sting.
Presented on 16mm film!

FANTASTIC PLANET

1973 / France + / René Laloux

Thu, Mar 97:00pm

On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

BLUE CARPET BASH

2023 / USA / Glenn Weiss

Sun, Mar 125:30pm

A FilmScene tradition returns! No matter who you’re cheering for on Hollywood’s biggest night, there’s only one place to watch the ceremony – at FilmScene with a community of cinema lovers. And it’s free!

LEGO ANIMATION CAMP 2023

2023 / Iowa City / FilmScene Animation Team

Mon, Mar 138:30am

Tell your own animated stories with FilmScene! At Lego Animation Camp, Lego creations come to life! Join us for our one week, spring break, Lego-themed animation camp. Students will work with their peers to brainstorm, build and create stories told in bricks.

BADLANDS

1973 / USA / Terrence Malick

Tue, Mar 147:00pm

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town, and her older greaser boyfriend, embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota Badlands.

THE SECRET OF KELLS

2009 / Ireland + / Tomm Moore +

Sat, Mar 1811:00amSun, Mar 1911:00amThu, Mar 233:30pm

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book.

GIRLHOOD

2014 / France / Celine Sciamma

Wed, Mar 227:00pm

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER

1999 / USA / Jamie Babbit

Fri, Mar 2410:00pm

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

ERASERHEAD

1977 / USA / David Lynch

Sat, Mar 2510:00pm

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

THE ROOM

2003 / USA / Tommy Wiseau

Sat, Apr 110:00pm

An electrifying black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, footballs, and spoons.

THE LAND BEFORE TIME

1988 / USA + / Don Bluth

Sat, Apr 1511:00amSun, Apr 1611:00amThu, Apr 203:30pm

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

GHOST IN THE SHELL

1995 / Japan / Mamoru Oshii

Tue, Apr 187:00pm

In 2029, a cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

1953 / USA / Howard Hawks

Sat, Apr 2210:00pm

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man.

BLUE

1993 / United Kingdom / Derek Jarman

Tue, Apr 257:00pm

Filmmaker Derek Jarman narrates a reflection of his losing battle with AIDS against the backdrop of a blue screen.

AFTER HOURS

1985 / USA / Martin Scorsese

Sat, Apr 2910:00pm

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho he met that evening at a coffee shop.

ANIMATION CAMP 2023

2023 / Iowa City / FilmScene Animation Team

Mon, Jun 128:30amMon, Jun 198:30amMon, Jun 268:30amMon, Jul 108:30amMon, Jul 178:30amMon, Jul 248:30am

Tell your own animated stories with FilmScene! At Animation Camp, campers imagine and create their own animations, totally from scratch. Each day, campers learn the key principles of animation and explore the styles of 2D paper, 3D object, Pixilation, Claymation, and replacement animation and then apply these lessons by making their own videos!

ADVANCED ANIMATION CAMP 2023

2023 / Iowa City / FilmScene Animation Team

Mon, Jul 318:30amMon, Aug 78:30am

Take your stop motion skills to the next level in our advanced class! Campers who have taken our general Animation Camp twice previously are invited to work on honing acquired skills, learn more challenging techniques, and apply knowledge to longer and more story-driven projects. Both content and grading criteria will be more challenging than the standard course and students will be working alongside and collaborating with fellow veteran animators.

MINIATURE CONSTRUCTION CAMP 2023

2023 / Iowa City / FilmScene Animation Team

Mon, Aug 148:30am

In this week-long camp, campers will learn the history of miniature making, study design, and create their own miniature set pieces, including buildings, terrain, and more! Curriculum includes 3D printing.