Middle Coast Fest

Who says that premier features and shorts have to gravitate to the coasts? Middle Coast Film Festival believes that while water connects places, the opportunity of the Midwest connects people. That connection is what drives the films we all know, love and appreciate. Come out 7/26 and 7/27 for four feature films, a series of juried shorts, networking and workshops. See how the Midwest is redefining what it means to be coastal and enjoy this festival of films.

For more festival information visit here.

Blaxploitation Horror of the 1970s

Following the surprise box-office success of American International Pictures’ Blacula in 1972, AIP and other independent studios began producing more horror titles for the Blaxploitation market, from black-cast remakes of Hollywood horror classics to more original genre-bending narratives. While drawing sharp criticism in conservative African American circles for crossing the boundaries of what was deemed respectable, Blaxploitation horror films often turned the over-the-top conventions of horror into critiques of the genre’s white-supremacist subtext of the “monstrous Other.” All films will be screened on 35mm.

The series is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Gender Studies, and the IU Cinema.

Made at IU

From student films to faculty research programs, there is more media production at Indiana University than meets the eye. Each year, numerous programs are presented in the IU Cinema that showcase the work being done across the Bloomington and regional campuses. Current and past programs are listed below.

Alumni Filmmakers

Indiana University alumni often return to the Bloomington campus to share their work with students and the community. Pictured above are Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love) and Hannah Fidell (A Teacher), who returned in 2013 to share their films.

The Master – Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

Indiana University Cinema pays tribute to the work and legacy of Philip Seymour Hoffman with a 24-hour, 12-film retrospective of his work. Films will be screened back-to-back without intermission. Tickets are not required and audience members are welcome to enter and leave. Seating capacity is 260 and doors will open at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 18.

You can see the full IU press release here.

Thanks to a generous gift from Jim and Roberta Sherman, IU Cinema is able to offer this tribute to audiences free of charge. We hope that you join us to honor the work of a master filmmaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman. All films will be screened from 35mm, DCP or HD content. The program includes:

Tuesday, February 18 4:00 PM Jack Goes Boating
Tuesday, February 18 5:40 PM The Savages
Tuesday, February 18 7:40 PM The Master
Tuesday, February 18 10:10 PM Mission Impossible III
Wednesday, February 19 12:20 AM Almost Famous
Wednesday, February 19 2:25 AM A Late Quartet
Wednesday, February 19 4:15 AM Doubt
Wednesday, February 19 6:15 AM Synecdoche, New York
Wednesday, February 19 8:20 AM Magnolia
Wednesday, February 19 11:35 AM Boogie Nights
Wednesday, February 19 2:15 PM Capote
Wednesday, February 19 4:15 PM Owning Mahowny

All start times are estimates.

In addition to this 24-hour tribute, UB Films will be screening Magnolia and Capote as part of their film series. Screenings will be in the Whittenberger Auditorium and are scheduled as follows:

Magnolia (1999)
Thursday, February 20 at 8:00 PM
Friday, February 21 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 PM

Capote (2005)
Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 PM
Friday, February 21 at 11:00 PM
Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 PM

For more information on these screenings, please visit here.


Contemporary Caribbean Film

Inspired by the reflections of scholars Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy on the roots and routes of black identity, this series is a glimpse
into the vibrancy of contemporary Caribbean filmmaking. These films deal with the legacies of migration to and from the region,
as well as the tug of close familial and distant ancestral links. Representing the Caribbean’s linguistic and cultural diversity,
Roots/Routes especially emphasizes woman-directed and women-centered films as integral to a truly dynamic Caribbean cinema
culture. Sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Minority Languages and
Cultures Program, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Nzingha Kendall. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Remembering Rwanda

April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of the genocide in Rwanda, during which nearly
a million people were slaughtered in the span of 100 days. Today, as the U.S. and other leading powers
continue to debate the political and financial role that they should play in the world, the lessons from the
Rwandan genocide seem to have been forgotten. This three-film series offers up cinematic views of the
tragedy, the difficulties of national reconciliation, and the next generation’s hope for a brighter future.

This series is sponsored by Global Village Living-Learning Center, Books & Beyond Project, School of Global
and International Studies, Department of Political Science, African Studies Program, School of Education,
and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Jeffrey Holdeman. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

2014 Latino Film Festival and Conference

Numbering more than 53 million, U.S. Latinos are transforming communities in which they settle, work, and
raise families. While their national backgrounds and personal histories vary widely, their lives are deeply interconnected
by attachments that span the Americas. Latino lives are at once quintessentially “American” and yet
increasingly transnational—linked to Latin America by history and memory, money and politics, migration, and
the shared dream of a better life. This second Latino Film Festival and Conference showcases the “Transnational
Lives” that define Latina/o experiences in the United States mainland and beyond. Multiple scholars and
filmmakers will be present, including Edward James Olmos and Chon Noriega (UCLA). All films are in English
and/or Spanish languages with English subtitles.

You can view the entire conference schedule here.

Event sponsors include Latino Studies Program, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA), College of Arts and Sciences’ Ostrom Grants Program, College
Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI), La Casa – IU Latino Cultural Center, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of American Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Communication & Culture, Department of History, and IU Cinema. All screenings are free, but ticketed.

South Asian Gangster Films

All films are unreleased in the U.S.

These films are not the standard Bollywood fare of
song and dance routines, simplistic love stories,
and happy endings. They represent a new breed
of Indian filmmaking that has captured critical
attention from both Western and Indian media by
dispensing with most Bollywood conventions in
favor of well-developed characters and storylines.
What really makes these films stand out is not just
their stylistic quality, but their serious engagement
with a myriad of social issues relevant to contemporary
India and its modernity.

Through the lens of
criminal gangs, they examine issues such as caste
prejudice, political corruption, police complicity
in criminal activity, the rural-urban divide, the
breakdown of traditional family structures, and the
inherent violence of Indian life, including against
women. Special thanks to Michael Dodson.
Tickets to all screenings are $3.

Series poster can be found here.

WWI: 100 Years Removed

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this multi-semester film series explores
the conditions leading up to war, the harsh realities of wartime, and its effects on people and nations around
the world. These cinematic reflections offer a chance to revisit the way war and violence were imagined in an
earlier age and also remind us how men and women throughout the globe remain burdened by this problem
today. Each film will be introduced by a faculty expert. This film series is presented by the School of Global
and International Studies and IU Cinema. All screenings are free, but ticketed.