IU Cinema Under the Stars

IU Cinema is teaming up with campus and community partners to present some of your favorite films in an outdoor setting. Join us as we make new friends, dodge zombies, wander through dreamlike worlds, and attempt to avoid setting off World War III. Prices and locations vary. Please read each film description for details.

IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Film Preservation Series

The IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Film Preservation Series showcases filmmakers, archivists, and artists who are working at the forefront of media restoration. Besides the screening at IU Cinema, to impact the research and teaching missions of the University, IU Libraries creates opportunities for the speaker to interact with a class and present a lecture while at IU. This series is presented by IU Libraries Moving Image Archive and IU Cinema.


Join us for a fun-filled weekend celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg film that redefined adventure cinema. Raiders of the Lost Ark blends action thrills with old-fashioned Hollywood wit and remains a beloved classic of filmgoers of all ages. Upon its release, Raiders was a cinema experience so engaging and inspiring that two friends—Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala—dedicated their childhoods to remaking a shot-for-shot tribute to the film. Don’t miss this chance to see their faithful cinematic homage, The Adaptation, on the big screen and discover the true, decades-spanning tale of their adventurous remake in the new documentary, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Italian Film Festival/Conference: Franco Maresco

Due to unforeseen circumstances, filmmaker Franco Maresco is unable to attend screenings of his films at Indiana University Cinema this April, as previously scheduled. Though we are disappointed that he will not be in attendance, we are excited to still be able to share his work with our audiences. Producer Rean Mazzone, from Ila Palma–Dream Film, will still be present for question-and-answer sessions after each screening.

The Seventh Annual Film Symposium on New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema with filmmaker Franco Maresco and Producer Rean Mazzone is presented by Indiana University’s Department of French and Italian. Support comes from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of French and Italian, Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund, Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture, College Arts and Humanities Institute, IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel, and IU Cinema. All films are Italian language with English subtitles. Special thanks to Rean Mazzone and Ila Palma–Dream Film for supplying all films.


Italian filmmaker Franco Maresco is perhaps best known for creating films with cinematographer Daniele Ciprì, with whom Maresco began working in 1986. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the duo became known and appreciated for their works for Italian national television. In 1995, Maresco made his first film with Ciprì, Lo zio di Brooklyn (The Uncle from Brooklyn), followed by Totò che vise due volte (Totò Who Lived Twice), which became true cinematic events for their new style of filmmaking and for opening a window to a world apart, a world neglected and forgotten, a world that can be understood only as a response to the idea of “post”—post-modern, post-atomic, post-historical, but also meta-historical. Maresco’s cinema shows the baseness, the imperfection, the incompleteness of humanity and its degradation. His vision creates a new aesthetic of ugliness, which, like a phoenix, rises from the ashes of a burned civilization. Maresco proposes an alternative vision to the imaginary future created by technology by showing a world consumed and burned-out. His films are set in an environment surrounded by ruins, rubbles of the post industrial age. He shows humanity that has lost the ideals of the Renaissance man.

Human Connectedness in a Time of Need

College life is difficult to navigate, especially during challenging times. But through human connections, peers and important people can help individuals deal with the rollercoaster of emotions often felt during this time of life. Inside Out and Paper Towns are excellent examples of the importance of network connections in dealing with depression and other negative emotions. This film series exposes the importance of network connections as a way of eliminating stigma of mental health. This series is sponsored by IU Bring Change 2 Mind, Union Board, Culture of Change, and IU Cinema.

Midwest Independence: Kris Swanberg

Kris Swanberg began her film career at Southern Illinois University, where she studied documentary film production. Using naturalistic techniques and often working with non-actors, Swanberg went on to focus her career in narrative film. Her first feature, It Was Great, But I Was Ready To Come Home played in competition at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009, followed by her next feature, Empire Builder (2012) and short film Baby Mary (2014). Unexpected, starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holm, premiered in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is Swanberg’s third feature. Swanberg lives and works in Chicago.

Prismatic Music: The Short Films of Joseph Bernard (1978–85)

Visual artist Joseph Bernard was born in Port Chester, N.Y., later educated at Harford Art School and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. For 35 years, Professor Emeritus Bernard taught fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Abstract “collage” sensibilities are evident in his paintings, films, and photographs. Contemporary poetry and music remain as influences. His work is informed by travels to Provincetown, Southern California, Austin, and other locales. His films have been exhibited at Toronto’s Funnel Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago Filmmakers, San Francisco Cinematheque, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. This series is sponsored by The Media School, Underground Film Series, and IU Cinema.

Small Island Big Stories: Irish Film Festival

Small Island Big Stories Irish Film Festival is a glimpse into contemporary cinematic Irishness. The Irish experience is far too broad to be captured within a few hours of screen time, but this selection of films shows some of the things that the Irish are known for: mythology, powerful storytelling, and portraying the human condition simultaneously as challenging and uplifting. These films are an invitation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about Irish cinema.

This series is sponsored by Indiana Celtic Community, Irish American Community at Indiana University, The Runcible Spoon, Institute for European Studies, the departments of Anthropology and Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and IU Cinema.

Managing Differentness Through the Filmic Lens of Indian-American Experience

These films bring together candid stories of diasporic experiences of South Asians living in the U.S. while also managing some form of additional “differentness” that makes them self-conscious in thought-provoking ways. Each film surprises the viewer with how easily its treatment of seemingly overwhelming and stigmatizing personal challenges speaks to broader realities of our human condition. Neither film has previously screened at either IU Cinema or in Bloomington.

This series is sponsored by the Dhar India Studies Program, the departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology, the Cinema and Media Studies program, the Asian Cultural Center, and IU Cinema.

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl tells the story of Danish artists Lili Elbe, the first transgender individual to have sex reassignment surgery, and her wife, Gerda Wegener. Einar Wegener’s transformation to Lili Elbe begins when Gerda asks her husband to model for a painting, dressed as a woman. This leads to Lili’s realization of who is she and who she needs to be. Set in Danish society of the 1920s, the film subtly portrays the changes in Lili, and in Gerda, as they navigate a new reality.

The film’s producer, Gail Mutrux, first visited IU in 2003 in preparation for the final script and the filming of Kinsey. Gail consulted often over the next 10 years with Kinsey Institute faculty on transgender and historical sexology as the script for The Danish Girl evolved, often referencing the Kinsey Institute library’s transgender archives.

David Ebershoff’s debut novel, The Danish Girl, won the Lambda Literary Award, and the film adaptation stars Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne and is directed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom Hooper. His most recent novel is the bestseller The 19th Wife, which was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. His books have been translated into 25 languages to critical acclaim. Ebershoff has appeared twice on Out Magazine’s annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University and for many years was an editor at Random House. Originally from California, he lives in New York City.

This screening is sponsored by the Kinsey Institute, School of Public Health–Bloomington, College Arts & Humanities Institute, The Media School, GLBT Student Support Services, the departments of Sociology and Gender Studies, and IU Cinema. Producer Gail Mutrux and Author David Ebershoff are scheduled to be present.