News & Events

  • IC DOCS April 26-28, 2018
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018 to Sat, Apr 28, 2018

    FilmScene & E105 AJB

    THE 15TH Annual ICDOCS will take place April 26-28, 2018

    Mission Statement:
    The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) is an annual event run by students at the University of Iowa. Our mission is to engage local audiences with the exhibition of recent short films that explore the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking. We seek innovative new works of 30 minutes or less that both complicate and expand upon conventional approaches to nonfiction and documentary.

  • Romance Tropical
    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    E105 AJB

    This colloquium event features a talk by Cinematic Arts graduate student Dalina Perdomo on the first Puerto Rican sound film. Romance Tropical (1934), directed by Juan Viguié Cajas, disappeared after its 1934 release, but was rediscovered in the UCLA collection in late 2016, and screened for the first time in over 80 years in late 2017.

  • Beck and Woods artist talk and q&a
    Tue, Apr 10, 2018

    The artist talk and Q&A with Scott Beck and Brian Woods, hosted by The Department of Cinematic Arts and "Exploring Careers in Cinema" in partnership with Film Scene was a great success. The event has been featured in The Daily Iowan in an article by Paul Elwell.

    The beginnings of the duo’s career took place in a middle-school lunchroom in Bettendorf. Woods approached Beck’s lunch table, and they bonded over Wood’s interest in making short films with his Star Wars action figures.

  • Chris Harris IowaOne article image
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018

    In an article by Emily Nelson, Cinematic Arts' own Christopher Harris, head of film and video production, talks about his work in experimental film:

    “If I’m uncomfortable watching something I’ve made, it’s because there’s something true to it, that it speaks to an uncomfortable truth,” Harris says. “I don’t want to make work that reaffirms a sense of complacency and comfort. It’s easy to become complacent and comfortable. That’s a place I never want to be, in my life or in my work as a filmmaker.”

  • Congratulations to the Michael D. Harmeyer scholarship winners Zoey Luke and Aaron Longoria
    Tue, Apr 03, 2018

    The Department of Cinematic Arts offers a warm congratulations to the winners of The Michael D. Harmeyer Scholarship.


    Zoey Luke's essay, "The Heroic Cinematographer: A Crisis of Representation" is a thoroughly researched, careful and skillful explication of war and the challenges it poses to representation. Historically informed and theoretically charged, it demonstrates a clear and sensitive understanding of critical debates. Zoey's essay represents a standard of writing well above what one might expect to see in an undergraduate classroom. 

  • black and white still from "still/here"
    Fri, Apr 06, 2018

    E105 AJB

    The Cinematic Arts Colloquium presents a screening of Christopher Harris’ film, still/here (2001) followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Friday April 6th (3:30-5:00PM, E105 AJB). still/here offers a powerfully evocative glimpse into the blighted north side of Saint Louis. Harris’ award-winning films read African American history through the poetics of experimental cinema. This presentation is free and open to the public.

  • (L-R) Bryan Woods and Scott Beck
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018

    C107 PBB

    The Department of Cinematic Arts and "Exploring Careers in Cinema" in partnership with Film Scene present an artist talk and Q&A with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, University of Iowa Alumni and Screenwriters of A Quiet Place (in theaters April 6). 

    Cinematic Arts Associate Professor Christopher Harris will be moderating the talk, which will be held in room C107 of the Pappajohn Business Building. 

  • (book cover) Critical Mass: Social Documentary in France from the Silent Era to the New Wave
    Thu, Mar 22, 2018

    The department of Cinematic Arts would like to announce a forthcoming book by Professor Steven Ungar. The book, Critical Mass: Social Documentary in France from the Silent Era to the New Wave is set for publication in September of 2018. 


  • Screen captures from video essays to be presented. Top left, photo of Ronald Reagan, top right, comic books, bottom left, woman
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018

    E105 AJB

    The Department of Cinematic Arts and the Cinematic Arts Colloquium present

    The Video Essay

    A presentation by Corey Creekmur, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts, and Hannah Bonner, Eli Boonin-Vail, and Thomas Jackson, Cinematic Arts graduate students.

    Friday March 23rd, 3:30-5:00PM, E105 AJB

  • Sat, Mar 10, 2018 to Sun, Mar 11, 2018

    Congratulations to Carley and Carl whose work is screening at the Onion City Film Festival in Chicago on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday March 11th respectively!

    Full festival schedule here:


    Dyke In Sight (Carleen Maur, 2018, 4 min, US)
    A Dyke-femme’s love letter to regional landscapes, language boundaries and f***ing.