Creating a FilmScene


For those looking to take a break from the schoolwork, look no further than Iowa City’s only downtown theater, FilmScene.

Andy Brodie and Andrew Sherburne founded the full-time cinema in 2011. Though the theater itself has remained at a cozy 85-seats, the community support of the nonprofit organization has grown immensely.

FilmScene, however, is not your ordinary cinema featuring solely mainstream films.

The theater is dedicated to showcasing the best in American independent and international filmmaking.

FilmScene also has special showcase nights for cult films, such as showings of Ghostbusters or The Big Lebowski, where workers even made specialty drinks.

Classic films, documentaries, and even a few pre-screenings are also showed at the cinema.

During the inception of the theater, FilmScene partnered with the on-campus student-run organization Bijou Film Board in this effort of educating and entertaining the Iowa City community with film. FilmScene hosts Bijou events like the monthly Open Screen Night, where young filmmakers get the opportunity to share their creations.

But the university link doesn’t stop at Bijou.

The cinema also parented with the University of Iowa’s WorldCanvass. The two organizations produce a UI television and radio discussion series. In addition, a scholarship to study abroad was created through the partnership this past spring in which students had to attend free screenings of international films throughout the semester.

Though FilmScene’s primary goal is to promote film as an art form, it is also recognized as an enjoyable movie-going experience.

With showings nearly every night of the week, students have the opportunity to get away from the daily stresses of schoolwork and relax in FilmScene’s lobby. The lobby not only offers movie must-haves like popcorn and candy, but they also offer a variety of local foods, wines, and beers.

Above all, FilmScene offers a supportive community for those wishing to break into the field of filmmaking, or those simply hoping to enjoy a classic art form.

As a student at the UI, you get a ticket discount. A ticket with a valid University ID is $6.50. Adult evening tickets are $9.

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