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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: The artists behind FilmScene’s promotional trailers

When you sit down for a show at FilmScene, you see more than local commercials and dancing concession stand treats before the movie. FilmScene Marketing Manager Stacia Rain and Projection and Programming Assistant Dominick Shults combine their artistic skills to create specialized trailers, programs, stickers and more for the nonprofit’s film series — including, and […]

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‘The Assistant’: A snapshot of our current conversation around sexual misconduct (the image isn’t pretty)

Kitty Green’s The Assistant is currently playing at FilmScene on the Ped Mall for the next two weeks. Papercuts are not the only wounds that sear in Green’s masterful and mesmerizing feature film The Assistant (2020). Some hurts are untraceable, undetectable on the surface of one’s skin. While the industrial revolution altered the domestic sphere’s […]

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‘Cats’ is back out of the bag as FilmScene hosts four special screenings

“You will believe,” promised the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s Cats, the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, itself adapted from T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. There was something ominous, perhaps even mildly threatening about this tagline. What will we believe? That the strangest Broadway hit of all time would make a good movie? […]

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The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts challenge viewers to face the many forms of grief

Perhaps more than any of the other 23 categories, the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts come with the promise of fresh, risk-taking perspectives. The medium of animation is truly limitless, and for being so constrained within the mainstream, there is something liberating to view the artistic shorts explore, push and reinvent themselves for the betterment of their own narratives. […]

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Oscar Documentary Shorts urge audiences to embrace hope

This year’s slate for Best Documentary Shorts provides insight into the world’s desperate need for justice and the hope it drags behind it. Is that too bleak? Too cynical? Would you prefer hope to be leading rather than limp and full of grass stains? So do the five films nominated this year. They urge us to embrace hope of any kind, even if it’s reactionary. […]

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