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.

Previous Screenings


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.


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!


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!


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!


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.