FilmScene on the Ped Mall and at The Chauncey both open!
FilmScene’s two downtown Iowa City locations are back in business. Tickets for new films are available in our coming soon calendar and we encourage guests to read up on our health and safety protocols. See you at the movies!
Film. Wine. Truth. Vino Vérité presented by Bread Garden Market and Little Village is a series featuring talented new voices and established masters of vérité filmmaking in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films.
Vino Vérité is back with a stunning acid-trip meditation on class and consumption in contemporary China. A true vérité feat from first-time feature filmmaker Jessica Kingdon, Ascension unfolds through keenly-observed vignettes, freed from narrative certainty, that together represent a climb up China’s social ladder and a descent into hedonistic consumerism.
Our first Vino Vérité of 2020 challenges our conceptions of observational documentary. The Ross Brothers fabricate an elegy to a Vegas dive bar from real world pieces populated by actual characters—eliciting authentic experience from creative construct.
Our fourth season continues with a high-stakes thrill ride through Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, where the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.
Our fourth season continues with our first selection filmed in Africa. Director Mo Scarpelli’s creative exploration of a 10-year-old boy-“a young lion”-coming of age in a quickly changing Ethiopia.
The first selection of our fourth season comes directly from its world premiere at SXSW to Iowa City. Director Rebecca Stern’s feature debut is a heartening and humorous look at the Technicolor world of championship creative dog grooming that casts new (rainbow-colored) light on our definitions of art.
The sixth selection of our third season is cinema poetry, a rich visual and sonorous ode to an agrarian lifestyle that is so close to us here in Iowa City, but is becoming increasingly distant – a vision from Belgium that is a beautiful reminder of our own local heritage.