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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!

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

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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

Last Chance

DEERSKIN

2020 / Quentin Dupieux / France / Greenwich

In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, from director Dupieux (Rubber) Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.

$9.99 | 50% to FilmScene

BALLOON

2020 / Michael Herbig / Germany / Distrib

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families--who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day

$10.00 | 50% to FilmScene

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

2020 / Justin Pemberton / New Zealand / Kino Lorber

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty, this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

TBD | 50% to FilmScene

SPACESHIP EARTH

2020 / Matt Wolf / USA / Neon

Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world.

$3.99 | 50% to FilmScene

LIBERTE

2020 / Albert Serra / France, Portugal, Spain, Germany / Cinema Guild

Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen, to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship. As director Albert Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.

$12.00 | 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.

MIAMI CONNECTION

1987 / Grandmaster Y.K. Kim / USA

Wednesday, May 27, 10pm

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”... and the entire Miami Connection!!!

NEBRASKA

2013 / Alexander Payne / USA

Thursday, May 28, 7pm

Join FilmScene and the Iowa City Public Library every other week on Thursday at 7pm for virtual discussions of art house film favorites offered on Kanopy! Watch the film and then join us on Zoom for a moderated conversation!

Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.

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.

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.

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!