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Sunshine and rainbow dogs: FilmScene hosts a new doc showcasing creative dog grooming

Canine cosmetology isn’t always shallow or abusive. A new documentary combats stereotypes associated with exhibitionist dog owners while focusing on, arguably, their epitome: competitive creative dog groomers. FilmScene will screen ‘Well Groomed’ on Sunday as part of their Vino Vérité series, co-presented by Bread Garden Market and Little Village. […]

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RaMell Ross and Bing Liu, two guests of FilmScene’s Vino Vérité series, will compete for an Oscar Sunday

Most of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films have screened at FilmScene in the past year, including four of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature. The filmmakers behind two of these acclaimed and ambitious docs joined FilmScene audiences months before the Academy Awards lauded their achievements. Bing Liu, director of Minding the Gap, and RaMell Ross, […]

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‘Minding the Gap’ between friendship and fulfillment

Minding the Gap is touted as a coming-of-age film, an exploration of manhood in 21st century America. It is definitely those things. But it’s also something more. Or, rather, it takes something more and adds it to what we as viewers should expect from that genre of film. […]

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Vino Vérité presents a grittier sort of foodie documentary

Fans of chef-focused, “food porn” documentaries like Chef’s Table or Anthony Bourdain’s The Mind of a Chef will enjoy 42 Grams, a somewhat gritty documentary following a Chicago chef’s journey from underground food to a critically acclaimed restaurant. […]

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Award-winning documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ to be screened at FilmScene

In the course of two years, teenager Daje Shelton is placed in an alternative high school, attends the funerals of friends shot in the streets of North St. Louis, falls in love, becomes pregnant, struggles towards her uncertain graduation, watches the Ferguson protests — just four miles away — on television and gives birth to a boy, grappling with the reality that her son may fall into the cycle of violence and incarceration in which black men in Missouri have been trapped for decades. […]

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Interview: Filmmaker David Byars discusses the Patriot movement ahead of Vino Vérité’s screening of ‘No Man’s Land’

This Sunday, July 9, documentarian David Byars is bringing his incendiary new film, No Man’s Land, to FilmScene as part of the Vino Vérité series, presented by FilmScene, ‘Little Village’ and Bread Garden Market. Tickets are $20 for FilmScene members, $25 for the general public. The film begins at 7:15 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres & wine tasting preceding at 6:30 p.m. A wine and dessert reception with the filmmaker begins at 8:45 p.m. […]

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Shh! Can you keep a secret? Vino Vérité offers a secret screening at FilmScene

Vino Vérité: Secret Screening Tropicana FilmScene — Sunday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. I’m not telling you what film is screening on Sunday, Sept. 4 at FilmScene. To be fair, that’s because I don’t know — but even the very few folks who are in the know aren’t spilling the beans. With this film, Vino […]

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Win tickets to another “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You”

Bob and the Trees at FilmScene

Bob and the Trees FilmScene — Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. By now, we’re all fully aware that the nomenclature of the Best Film(s) Not Playing at a Theater Near You series that just wrapped up its 10th year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York doesn’t apply to us here in […]

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Just announced: Vino Vérité film series brings ‘Uncertain’ to Iowa City

Uncertain FilmScene — Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. FilmScene has announced the latest installment of the Vino Vérité film series. Uncertain, a documentary about three men living on the margins in Uncertain, Texas screens at FilmScene on Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The film is the winner of several awards including the Albert Maysles New Documentary […]

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