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New Films Available to Stream Online

FilmScene is proud to offer a select group of new release titles, originally scheduled for our big screens, now available to stream at home with a portion of the proceeds to benefit FilmScene. We are extremely grateful to our distribution partners Oscilloscope, Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films for supporting independent art house cinemas through this partnership. Your streaming purchase ensures the show will go on. Thank you!

SHIRLEY

2019 / Josephine Decker / USA / Neon / 107 mins

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

$12.00 | 50% to FilmScene

YOURSELF AND YOURS

2020 / Hong Sangsoo / USA / Cinema Guild / 86 mins

When painter Youngsoo learns that his girlfriend, Minjung, was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself. Yourself and Yours is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything?

$12.00 | 45% to FilmScene

TOMMASO

2019 / Abel Ferrara / Italy, UK, USA, Greece / Kino Lorber / 115 mins

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.

$12.00 | 50% to FilmScene

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DRIVEWAYS

2020 / Andrew Ahn / UK / FilmRise / 83 mins

Director Andrew Ahn's intimate drama revolves around the unlikely friendship formed between a lonely young boy (Lucas Jaye) and his new octogenarian neighbor (Brian Dennehy). As his mother (Hong Chau) looks on, he provides the widowed veteran with a youthful outlook and begins to discover a newfound maturity within himself.

$12.00 | 45% to FilmScene

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

2020 / Caroline Berler / USA / Frameline / 58 mins

Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film.

$10.00 | 50% to FilmScene

LUCKY GRANDMA

2020 / Sasie Sealy / USA / Good Deed / 87 mins

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

$9.99 | 50% to FilmScene

Last Chance

MILITARY WIVES

2020 / Peter Cattaneo / UK / Bleecker Street / 112 mins

Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Cattaneo (The Full Monty) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

$4.99 | 50% to FilmScene

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

2020 / Benjamin Ree / Norway / Neon / 102 mins

Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

$3.99 | 50% to FilmScene

DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY

2020 / Elizabeth Carroll / USA, Mexico / Greenwich / 82 mins

Master chef, teacher and environmental activist Diana Kennedy is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she's a fierce jolt of energy that has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is a charming homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration.

$9.99 | 50% to FilmScene

Community Watch Parties

We already miss seeing your faces at our cinema. But, we can stay connected as a community. Each week, join us at various social media sites for Live Streams with FilmScene! We’ll give you the location and the film, all you need to do is cue up the title and your computer, and join us as we watch together, from afar.

HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS

2013 / Todd Sheets / USA

Wednesday, June 3, 10pm

Jacob Hunt has had some very bad breaks in life. His wife left him, his friends have all abandoned him and his children barely see him. He needs a break to get back on his feet. Jacob is given an amazing gift when he is called to be the overnight security at the old Shadowview Manor. It's been turned into a commercial office and retail building. The tenants hear strange things at night. Some claim to see strange people. Jacob is about to learn that nights around the Shadowview Manor contain many secrets.

WORKING MAN

2020 / Robert Jury / USA / 108 minutes

Thursday, June 4, 7pm
Free screening and live chat with Iowa director Robert Jury!

In the Rust Belt of America another factory is closing. After decades on the job, the reclusive Allery Parkes finds himself out of work. Allery attempts to bide his time. However, despite the best efforts of his wife, a loose-ended existence just doesn't take and he starts sneaking into the closed factory. At first, Allery does this alone, but in time he gains an unexpected ally in a passionate former co-worker who turns on the electricity and turns up the volume in Allery's previously secluded cocoon. Soon, other former employees want in on the action. They all take occupancy and restart production in an effort to pressure their bosses to reopen the facility. For the first time, Allery is the man in charge. However, when truths are revealed, this working man must confront the loss and pain he's been working so hard to avoid.

LEAVE NO TRACE

2018 / Debra Granik / USA

Thursday, June 11, 7pm

Join FilmScene and the Iowa City Public Library for virtual discussions of art house film favorites offered on Kanopy! Next week, watch LEAVE NO TRACE and then join us on Facebook for a live, moderated conversation between FilmScene’s own Tristen Ives and Bijou Programming Director Harry Westergaard.

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Participation is easy:

  1. Create a Kanopy account using your ICPL, Coralville or North Liberty Library card (depending on where you live.) Kanopy is a FREE service provided by those libraries.
  2. RSVP to join us on Zoom or plan to watch the live feed on Facebook. You will receive a link to the Zoom session a few hours before the session begins.
  3. Watch the film, and then join us for the conversation. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, give your feedback and learn more about the production and story behind the film.

For the Kids!

FilmScene is proud to offer a select group of new release titles, originally scheduled for our big screens, now available to stream at home with a portion of the proceeds to benefit FilmScene. We are extremely grateful to our distribution partners Oscilloscope, Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films for supporting independent art house cinemas through this partnership. Your streaming purchase ensures the show will go on. Thank you!

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

2020 / Various / Various

Program One (Ages 3+) / 56 mins, In English, or with no dialogue

The New York International Children’s Film Festival brings you this program filled with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation. If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.

$9.00 | 50% to FilmScene

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

2020 / Various / Various

Program Two (Ages 8+) / 72 mins, In English or with English subtitles

These short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival show that playfulness, big ideas, and feelings small and large are all just fine! With these great films for slightly older kids, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to continue the conversation with your kids long after the screening is done. Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you're curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

$9.00 | 50% to FilmScene

PICTURE SHOW AT HOME

We can't gather in one place, but we CAN watch movies together. Build your own drive-in themed movie watching experience, watch some selected short films, and add some fun enrichment with activities and coloring pages—it's The Picture Show series at home!