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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

FANTASTIC FUNGI

2019 / USA / Louie Schwartzberg

Wed, Nov 1112:00am

A descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their powers to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

CODED BIAS

2020 / USA + / Shalini Kantayya

Wed, Nov 1812:00am

An exploration of the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovert of racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.

Previous Screenings

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

2019 / USA / Midge Costin

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.

METROPOLIS

1927 / Germany / Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece is one of the most celebrated movies in cinema history! Stick around after the film for a virtual conversation with the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library!

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!