Lobby and living room collide in FilmCastPodScene, connecting film lovers in celebration of the communal experience of filmgoing, even while we’re socially distant. Recorded by FilmScene, in Iowa City, Iowa, each twice-monthly episode features conversations, critiques and clips of titles featured in FilmScene’s Virtual Screening Room plus visits from special guests, interviews with filmmakers, and viewing suggestions inspired by what we're watching.
On the eve of FilmScene's long awaited reopening, Nathan and Rebecca welcome the FilmScene leadership team — Andrew Sherburne (co-Founder and Executive Director); Emily Salmonson (Operations Director) and Ross Meyer (Facilities Director) — to reflect on the last 400+ days, consider what they're most looking forward to upon reopening (spoiler alert: it's the audience) and what it means to have gotten through it all together.
In Episode 15, Nathan and Rebecca welcome special guests to explore the great outdoors and talk about the programming, partners and planning behind FilmScene in the Park, and we take a look at this year's Academy Award nominees, the unique format of the planned ceremony, and how the star-studded evening impacts the industry as a whole.
In Episode 14, Nathan and Rebecca preview FilmScene's fourth year of Science on Screen, and welcome director Jessie Barr to learn about how she brought new perspective to the coming of age genre and tackled themes of grief, sex and creativity in her feature debut "Sophie Jones".
In Episode 13, Nathan and Rebecca turn up some of their favorite film scores, considering how music highlights, expands, complicates and deepens what we see on screen. From the haunting strings composed by Mica Levi for "Under The Skin" to the energy and life of A. R. Rahman's score for "Slumdog Millionaire", how does what we hear impact how we feel?
In episode twelve, Nathan and Rebecca sit down with "Lapsis" director Noah Hutton to talk about the "parallel present" of his new film "Lapsis", the literary inspirations for his indie sci-fi story, and the challenges of making a film in the woods, with kids, and with robots.
In episode eleven of FilmScene's popular podcast, Rebecca and Nathan welcome Sundance Film Festival filmmakers Peter Nicks ("Homeroom") and Karen Cinorre ("Mayday") to talk about premiering their films at the start of 2021, what's next after the Festival, and their most memorable moviegoing experiences.
In FilmCastPodScene's last episode of 2020, Rebecca and Nathan muse on music and memory in Wong Kar Wai's films, newly restored by Janus Films and currently featured in FilmScene's virtual screening room. Then they welcome a very special guest to share their favorite ho-ho-holiday films!
In episode nine, Rebecca and Nathan welcome Miriam Murray, MD, to consider Tania Cypriano’s intimate documentary BORN TO BE from a local care perspective. They also raise a glass to Mads Mikkelsen's performance in ANOTHER ROUND, the booze-soaked drama that explores if we're all at our best when we're a little bit drunk. Spoiler alert: not really.
In episode eight, Rebecca and Nathan discover the life-altering power of donuts in Alice Gu's THE DONUT KING. They also welcome FilmScene überpatrons Jason Egge, Jamie Ellis, and Tom Carsner to discuss recent films they've enjoyed and recall cherished filmgoing memories from growing up.
In episode seven, Rebecca and Nathan talk about how William Greaves' NATIONTIME (covering the 1972 National Black Political Convention) and the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman are essential watching this election season. They also dive into the sound worlds of Gary Rydstrom, whose career in sound design is featured in MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND. And Hannah Bonner joins the conversation to share insights on New Hollywood, the topic of her virtual FilmScene 101 series.
In episode six, Rebecca and Nathan welcome back Late Shift at the Grindhouse host Ross Meyer to finish sharing his favorite fright flicks. They also savor food and slower living in Wayne Wang's COMING HOME AGAIN, then journey to Italy for Pietro Marcello's lavish, Mediterranean take on Jack London's novel, MARTIN EDEN.
In the fifth episode of FilmCastPodScene, FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and University of Iowa Professor Nathan Platte are joined by director Haroula Rose to discuss her new film "Once Upon a River," an adaptation of the book by Bonnie Jo Campbell. Plus, Ross Meyer, host of Late Shift at the Grindhouse and FilmScene's head projectionist, shares some of his favorite horror films.
In the fourth episode of FilmCastPodScene, FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and University of Iowa Professor Nathan Platte are joined by friends Calvin and Matthew, hosts of KRUI's Bijou Banter, a podcast by the University of Iowa's Bijou Film Board. Our team talks about Claire Denis's study of masculinity, BEAU TRAVAIL, and discusses the challenges facing the cinema industry.
In the third episode of FilmCastPodScene, FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and University of Iowa Professor Nathan Platte are joined by architect Chucho Loria to discuss his love of STALKER, and how the films of Andrei Tarkovsky have a special relationship with space and architecture. Plus, remember dinner parties? Well, you've never seen one quite like Luis Buñuel's THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL.
In the second episode of FilmCastPodScene, FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and University of Iowa Professor Nathan Platte are joined by director Anne Flatté to discuss the film RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT, codirected with Marlon Johnson. Plus, FilmScene cofounder Andrew Sherburne joins in to chat outdoor cinema on FilmStreet and catch up on international cinema from the couch.
In the inaugural episode of FilmCastPodScene, FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and University of Iowa Professor Nathan Platte dive into two new films (Dawn Porter's documentary JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE and Ina Weisse's drama THE AUDITION), share what they're watching during social distancing, and offer complementary viewing to build your at-home movie playlist.
They told us not to start a podcast during the pandemic, but we could only resist for so long. Join FilmScene Programming Director Rebecca Fons and cohost Nathan Platte, professor of film and music as they explore the movies from our home base in Iowa CIty.