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Watch: Screenwriter and producer David Kajganich on adapting novels, cannibalism and Iowa City’s new film festival

For the first time in four years, screenwriter and Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum David Kajganich is back in Iowa City for the FilmScene premiere of his genre-bending, spine-tingling new work. Bones and All is the third adapted screenplay Kajganich has […]

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FilmScene’s Refocus Festival announces slate of features, from a VR documentary to a ‘secret’ animated film

As the start date for single ticket purchases quickly approaches, FilmScene has announced the lineup of films for its inaugural Refocus Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6-9 across Iowa City. (Ticket sales begin Sept. 16; passes are on sale now […]

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FilmScene’s long-awaited ReFocus Film Festival is ‘tailormade for a City of Literature’

Iowa City’s literary history casts a long shadow. It’s the first UNESCO City of Literature in the country, home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. But next month, Iowa City will enter the film festival world with FilmScene’s long-awaited ReFocus Film […]

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In a tight-knit community, art is ritual

A few years ago, the Englert Theatre and FilmScene initiated a campaign to make Iowa City “the Greatest Small City for the Arts.” And that title is justified. Not only do our local arts organizations bring us incredible performances, but […]

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‘Hockeyland’, a new documentary from the makers of ‘Saving Brinton’, hits theaters this month

It’s been 17 years since Minnesota-born filmmakers Tommy Haines, JT Haines and Andrew Sherburne founded their independent production company, Northland Films, with a focus on nonfiction storytelling. In that time, they’ve produced, directed and released six film projects — all […]

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The Stanley Museum of Art’s homecoming

In 2019, the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It also had been nearly 11 years without a home. The floods of 2008, which wreaked havoc across Iowa, hit Cedar Rapids and Iowa City […]

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T.C. Boyle discusses and reads from his work; his writings have never been timelier

T.C. Boyle returns to Iowa City this week for a pair of events presented by the University of Iowa Center for Advancement and the UI Lecture Committee. First, tonight, May 4, those orgs join with FilmScene for a screening of […]

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Watch: Interview with Sara Terry, director of ‘A Decent Home’

The new documentary A Decent Home tells the story of mobile home park residents, including those in North Liberty’s Golfview, as they try to preserve their communities and their homes after the parks are bought by private equity funds and […]

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Grab the VCR — Everything is Terrible returns to Iowa City on March 12 with a family-friendly show

Remember the Before Times of 2018? It was a nearly mask-less era, when friends, acquaintances and strangers alike came together to watch performances from out-of-towners or locals. It was during this time that Everything is Terrible, the California-based art collective, […]

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Celebrate Black History Month in the CRANDIC

Happy February, readers! It’s time to begin celebrating Black History Month in the CRANDIC. Throughout the month, you’ll find numerous events to take part in as we celebrate Black culture and the achievements and legacies of Black Americans.  Editor’s Pick: […]

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