Science on Screen


In 2011, the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation received a $150,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand Science on Screen℠ to independent cinemas nationwide. Over the past four years, the two organizations have awarded a total of 48 grants to 32 independent theaters for use in creating and presenting their Science on Screen℠ programming. Indiana University Cinema is one of the 2014-2015 award recipients.

Science on Screen℠ creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Orson Welles: A Centennial Celebration and Symposium

April 29 – May 2, 2015

Presented by The Media School at Indiana University, IU Libraries, and Indiana University Cinema.

May 6, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor, writer, producer and director Orson Welles. There will be numerous celebrations of this date at cinemas and institutions worldwide. Indiana University will host one of the most significant collections of scholars, writers, filmmakers and archivists who have been key figures in in the scholarship surrounding Welles’ work.

This 4-day symposium will include keynote addresses, academic sessions, paper presentations, a major exhibit of Welles materials, evening special presentations featuring introductions and discussions with guest scholars, filmmakers and archivists, tours of IU’s facilities and collections, and social events.

Call for Papers – Here

Confirmed guests include:

  • Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Joseph McBride
  • James Naremore
  • Paolo Cherchi Usai
  • Patrick McGilligan
  • Marguerite Rippy

Indiana University libraries, centers and institutes are home to over 80,000 items in 8mm, 16mm or 35mm film prints and hundreds of thousands of film-related press materials, posters, memorabilia and correspondence.

Included are the Orson Welles Collection in the Lilly Library, which will be the focus of the Library’s spring exhibit. The materials in this collection number about 20,000 items and pertain to Welles’ activities on radio, stage, and film as well as to his personal and political life.

Complementing the main Welles Collection are the papers of George Fanto, Welles’s cameraman on It’s All True and Othello, and L. Arnold Weissberger, Welles’ personal attorney. Over a dozen collections at the Lilly Library contain materials pertaining to Orson Welles, as well as individually catalogued screenplays and press kits of films directed by or starring Welles.

Partnering IU departments and units for the symposium include the IU Libraries, The Media School, Film and Media Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, Indiana University Cinema, Media Preservation Initiative Task Force and Lilly Library.

Conference and screening schedule is forthcoming.



Naked Acts

Bridgett M. Davis’ 1996 film Naked Acts is the first feature written, directed, produced, and self-distributed by an African American woman. Davis and her creative partner, visual artist Renée Cox, will be present for a two-day workshop organized around the expressly Black feminist themes of the film and of their individual work in other media. This program was developed by the Black Film Center/Archive and is made possible by a grant from the College of Arts & Humanitites Insitutute, and support from the College of Arts and Sciences; the Kinsey Institute; the Departments of American Studies, Gender Studies, English, and African American & African Diaspora Studies; the Creative Writing Program; and IU Cinema.

Naked Acts (1996) Directed by Bridgett M. Davis
Monday, September 29 – 7:00 p.m. –IU Cinema
Director Bridgett M. Davis and actress/artist Renée Cox are scheduled to be present.

Artist Talk with Renée Cox
Tuesday, September 30 – 10:30 AM – Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Dogwood Room

Jorgensen Guest Lecture with Bridgett M. Davis and Renée Cox
Tuesday, September 30 – 3:00 p.m. – IU Cinema

Into the Go-Slow Reading/ Book Signing with Bridgett M. Davis
Tuesday, September 30 – 7PM – Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th Street)

The Legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
In declaring that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” the Brown decision became a pivotal
event in the ongoing struggle for racial desegregation and civil rights in the United States. To mark this anniversary,
this series showcases two documentaries that chronicle the immediate and enduring impact of the Brown decision
on American society. The series is sponsored by the IU Maurer School of Law, the Center for Law, Society
& Culture, the Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society, the Maurer student chapters of the American
Constitution Society and the Black Law Student Association, and IU Cinema. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Julian Bond is scheduled to be present at the October 16th screening of Eyes on the Prize.

Dean James Wimbush, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and Dean of the University Graduate School, will be introducing Julian Bond at the screening of Eyes on the Prize.

Julian Bond
Beginning with his pivotal role in the civil rights movement, Julian Bond—an expert on
diversity in the law—has always been on the cutting edge of social change and leadership.
As an eyewitness of watershed moments of the civil rights movement, the first
black U.S. vice presidential nominee and former chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond
delivers powerful speeches on the centuries-long struggle of African Americans for
equality, diversity in the shaping of laws, and civil rights moving into the future, as well
as keynotes on African American’s impact on music, national affairs, and leadership.

The Social Computer

Computing technologies have become
pervasive in contemporary society.
Critical reflection on the relationship
between society and technology, with
an eye towards the social meaning and
consequences of emerging computer
technologies, is therefore as necessary
as it is timely.

This series reflects on
the social aspects of computerization,
including the role of computing technology
in social and organizational change,
the personal and societal uses and effects
of information and communication
technologies, and the influence of social
values and practices on the organization
and design of information technologies.

The film series is supported by IU’s Rob
Kling Center for Social Informatics,
School of Informatics and Computing,
Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science
Center, and IU Cinema. Screenings are
free, but ticketed.

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline has seamlessly transitioned
between the worlds of theatre and film
and has earned equal distinction in both.
He has been the recipient of numerous
awards, including an Academy Award® for
his iconic role in A Fish Called Wanda and
two Tony® awards. He was also the first
American actor to receive the Sir John
Gielgud Golden Quill Award, was honored
with the Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime
Achievement, and in 2004 was inducted
into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Along with
being a Juilliard graduate, Kline is an
alumnus of Indiana University.

Tickets for available beginning Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00am.

Porous Borders: Documentary Films of Natalia Almada

From the transnational dimensions of narco-corridos to
the material expression of symbolic power in the form of
extravagant mausoleums, Natalia Almada offers unique
and intimate portrayals of cultural phenomena stemming
from the Mexican drug trade. Departing from the
experience of common people, these films shed light on
the complex interrelations between violence, immigration,
the economy, and cultural production.

As well as
receiving the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing
Award, Almada has received the MacArthur, Guggenheim,
USA Artists, Alpert and MacDowell fellowships.
She graduated with a masters in fine arts in photography
from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently
lives in Mexico City. Natalia Almada is scheduled to be
present at all events.

Screenings are free, but ticketed.
Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese,
College Arts and Humanities Institute, Latino Studies Program,
Department of Communication and Culture, Department of
American Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies, Film and Media Studies, and IU Cinema.

Forgotten Histories: Recent Documentaries by Gloria Rolando

The spirit of collaboration and the desire to uncover hidden stories mark Afro-Cuban director Gloria Rolando’s approach to filmmaking. Rolando’s documentaries are unequivocally Cuban and are also inextricably linked to the country’s African diasporic roots. As a founding member of the film collective Imágenes del Caribe, Rolando’s practice exemplifies the independent filmmaking spirit: “None of my projects has had a budget: they begin with a borrowed camera, or a little money to rent equipment, but always with a clear idea of the story I want to tell.” The series is sponsored by La Casa, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Cultural Studies Program, CUBAmistad, Film and Media Studies, Departments of Gender Studies, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and IU Cinema. Gloria Rolando is scheduled to be present at all events. Screenings are free, but ticketed.


Josephine Decker

Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker just premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014. Along with directing, she says that she is fortunate to be collaborating with artists she admires. She has recently starred in Brigitta Wagner’s Rosehill, Stephen Cone’s Black Box, Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent and Art History, Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard’s Autoerotic, and Onur Tukel’s Richard’s Wedding. Josephine raises awareness about environmental issues through her performance art.

Richard Brody of The New Yorker stated that, “The most original independent filmmaker to surface in the past few years is
Josephine Decker.” Josephine Decker is scheduled to be present at all events.