FilmScene will be hosting its first new release film, Robert Redford’s All is Lost, as part of its grand opening celebration this weekend. The debut comes after a week of sneak preview events, including a ribbon cutting ceremony and several early screenings of the Palme d’Or-winning film Blue is the Warmest Color — all of which sold out.
“We’ve been ramping up,” FilmScene co-founder Andrew Sherburne said. “We’ve been adding things with each successive screening and just getting a feel for how things run there.” Draft beer is now on tap, the ticketing system is up and running, and Sherburne feels confident about the pivotal weeks ahead. The theater will begin daily, full-time operation on December 6, he says.
“We’re lucky that people have been so interested in what we’re doing,” Sherburne said. “Each little celebration is another step up the ladder, and we’re getting to the top now where we can start programming new release films daily, from here on out.”
Sherburne says the sellouts from last week indicate one thing in particular: people are hungry for new release films in downtown Iowa City. In addition to its collaborative partnership with the University of Iowa’s Bijou Cinema, FilmScene recently raised over $90,000 in support of the theater through an Indiegogo campaign.
“It’s exciting. It’s a thrill, not just for us but hopefully for everybody in the community, that for the first time in almost seven years there are new release theatrical films showing in downtown Iowa City,” Sherburne said.
FilmScene’s grand opening weekend begins this Thursday, November 28 at 3 p.m. with a screening of All is Lost, directed by J.C. Chandor. Screenings will continue throughout the day and carry on through the weekend. Ticket information and showtimes are available via FilmScene’s schedule page.
Film synopsis and trailer:
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in this open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements. Written and directed by J.C.Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.