Indiana University Cinema

  • 1213 E. 7th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 856-2463

The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class venue and curatorial program dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of motion pictures in their traditional and modern forms, advancing Indiana University’s longstanding commitment to excellence, research, and public engagement in the arts by providing educational, entertaining, and enriching cinematic experiences. Located in the heart of the IU Bloomington campus, the nearly 300-seat Cinema has screenings almost daily. Since opening in January 2011, the Cinema has hosted many influential and groundbreaking filmmakers through its Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series, including Werner Herzog, Albert Maysles, and Claire Denis, as well as acting luminaries Meryl Streep Kevin Kline, and Glenn Close.  

IU CINEMA: "Lucky"

  • October 19, 2017
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With this screening, we celebrate the life and artistic legacy of actor Harry Dean Stanton, who died on September 15, 2017. Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Bubba Ho-Tep"

  • October 20, 2017
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Elvis Presley isn’t dead; he just fell into a coma. After years of being unconscious in an East Texas nursing home, an elderly Elvis (Bruce Campbell) awakens and discovers he and the other residents of The Shady Rest Retirement Home are in danger, being feasted upon by a re-animated, malevolent,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Con Air"

  • October 20, 2017
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20th Anniversary Screening. It is hard to believe movie-going audiences were given the double gift of Face/Off and Con Air all within a week’s time in the summer of 1997. Hot off the heels of The Rock and an Oscar®-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas, Cage delivered a back-to-back... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Face/Off"

  • October 20, 2017
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20th Anniversary Screening. It is hard to believe movie-going audiences were given the double gift of Face/Off and Con Air all within a week’s time in the summer of 1997. Hot off the heels of The Rock and an Oscar®-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas, Cage delivered a back-to-back... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "A Man for All Seasons"

  • October 21, 2017
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A Man for all Seasons dramatizes the final years of Thomas More, between 1529–35, as he defies Henry VIII’s attempt to have him approve the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and take the Oath of Supremacy, making the king the “Supreme Head of the Church of England.” Based on... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Land Between"

  • October 21, 2017
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The Land Between is a documentary set in the Spanish-run enclave city of Melilla in northern Morocco—a potential gateway to Europe for African migrants and the largest migrant detention center on the continent. The film contrasts the institutional power of the European Union and its increasingly... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Loving"

  • October 22, 2017
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This period film, inspired by a landmark Supreme Court case, focuses on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in segregated, 1950s Virginia, a state where miscegenation laws were still in place. Quietness hallmarks the storytelling, mirroring the silence of the Southern... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Shaman's Apprentice"

  • October 23, 2017
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The Shaman’s Apprentice presents a vivid account of Mark Plotkin’s adventures in ethnobotany in Amazonia and is known as one of the most stunning rainforest films ever made. This film takes us “through the emerald door” into the realm of shamans and reveals the richness of the medicinal lore... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry"

  • October 24, 2017
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Look and See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. The first documentary about Berry, undoubtedly one of America’s most... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Carcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)"

  • October 27, 2017
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Director Guillermo Escalón is scheduled to be present. Chained and tortured, dozens of youths from America and prominent Guatemalan families were held captive in the depths of the Guatemalan jungle in the 1970s and 1980s. With the complicity of the military high command that governed... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Modern Jungle"

  • October 27, 2017
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Director Charles Fairbanks is scheduled to be present. The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Exodus: Our Journey to Europe"

  • October 28, 2017
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Composed of footage shot largely by refugees themselves on camera phones distributed by the director over the course of a full year, the film offers migrants a rare opportunity to speak in their own voices and to exercise an unusual degree of control over their representation on screen. By... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Top Hat"

  • October 28, 2017
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When Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) meets Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) in London, he ends up following her around the city trying to win her love. As in many of their other films together, the pair find themselves joined in song and dance despite the drama that ensues. This film is a wonderful... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Baraka"

  • October 29, 2017
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Baraka is a unique, beautiful, genre-breaking film that stimulates reflection on cultural and spiritual diversity, as well as fragility and resilience in the natural world. It conveys the beauty of human diversity and the dangers of environmental destruction in images and music, without dialogue.... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Le Circle Rouge"

  • October 29, 2017
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Police Captain Mattei is assigned to pick-up a dangerous criminal named Vogel and bring him back to Paris by night train. Vogel escapes and a manhunt across the region begins. In the meantime, another criminal (Alain Delon) is freed early from prison by a guard, who then offers him a ‘job.’ The... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Luther"

  • October 30, 2017
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Luther tells the story of a courageous monk who risked prison, death, and eternal damnation to defy a powerful church. This classic rendition of the story of Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation, stars Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), who portrays Luther as a romantic hero,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Le Doulos"

  • November 2, 2017
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With survival being their only guiding principle, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le doulos exposes the brutal and subtle underworld of his enigmatic, backstabbing criminals. Maurice (Serge Reggiani) is fresh out of prison and looking to pay a debt with an easy heist. However, nothing is easy and when the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: The Addiction"

  • November 2, 2017
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In this allegory about drug addition, a philosophy graduate student in New York (Lily Taylor) is bitten by a vampire and turns into one herself. Filled with philosophical and theological references, the film intellectually deals with a character trying to come to terms with her new lifestyle and... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Never Too Young to Die"

  • November 3, 2017
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Never Too Young To Die is a genre-bending film that may be the best worst thing you’ve never seen. Reluctant high-school gymnast cum sci-fi secret agent Lance Stargrove (22-year-old John Stamos) must avenge his father, killed by the problematically “hermaphroditic” warlord Velvet Von Ragnar (Gene... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Scar of Shame" with live music

  • November 4, 2017
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The film will be presented with a live, world-premiere performance of a new orchestral score by Renèe Baker. A gifted pianist (Harry Henderson) falls in love with a common woman (Lucia Lynn Moses) and saves her from a life of poverty. However, he is reluctant to let her meet his... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"

  • November 5, 2017
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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour), and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Stand By Me"

  • November 5, 2017
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In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends—sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell)—are in search of a missing teenager’s body. Wanting to be heroes in each other’s and their hometown’s eyes,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa"

  • November 6, 2017
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Soft Vengeance follows South African lawyer, writer, art lover, and freedom fighter Albie Sachs, who challenged racial apartheid and later returned as one of the principal architects of South Africa’s non-racial and non-sexist post-apartheid Constitution. As a young man, Sachs defended those... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Black"

  • November 7, 2017
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Black investigates water pollution in Taiwan and its consequences for both the environment and poor communities who rely on contaminated crops. It asks, why have factories been allowed to sprout amidst green fields? How can a country address the issue of food security when it turns a blind eye to... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Simple-Minded Murderer"

  • November 9, 2017
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Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, Good Will Hunting) stars in this rarely screened coming-of-age film, set in Sweden in the late 1930s. In defense of his newly won independence, Sven (Skarsgård) takes on the town tyrant (portrayed by director Hans Alfredson). In Skarsgård’s own words: “… the very point of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Bob le Flambeur"

  • November 10, 2017
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Silver-haired ex-gangster Bob Montagné (Roger Duchesne) moves from poker to craps to the track and back before one last heist, the Deauville casino. Filled with wry humor, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Bob le Flambeur blends the American gangster toughness of the noir films of the 1950s with a sense of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: 'Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life"

  • November 10, 2017
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Timothy and Stephen Quay are considered to be among the most visionary artists/directors in the world, alongside Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, and Julie Taymor. Their feature debut is an exquisitely realized anti-fairytale with a surreal sense of humor. Jakob (Mark Rylance) enrolls at... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "American Alley"

  • November 11, 2017
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American Alley traces the lives of Korean and immigrant women who provide sexual services to U.S. military personnel stationed near the camptown area called “American Alley” in South Korea. The film depicts the changing landscape of camptown life and sexualized labor as women from Russia and the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Polina"

  • November 11, 2017
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Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski, Polina is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Herb & Dorothy"

  • November 12, 2017
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Collector Dorothy Vogel is scheduled to be present. Considered one of the best documentaries about art and artists, this award-winning film tells the incredible story of a New York City postal clerk and a librarian who built one of the country’s most important collections of... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Polina"

  • November 12, 2017
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Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski, Polina is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Tumbledown" film

  • November 13, 2017
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Producer Kristin Hahn is scheduled to be present. In Tumbledown, produced by Kristin Hahn, pop-culture scholar Andrew (Jason Sudeikis) comes to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the protective widow of an acclaimed folk singer. Still grieving, Hannah is forced to confront a... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Dee Rees Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Program" lecture

  • November 16, 2017
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An alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Lab, Dee Rees is a writer/director whose feature film Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Pariah was honored with Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition Excellence in... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Mudbound"

  • November 16, 2017
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Director Dee Rees is scheduled to be present. Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Pariah"

  • November 16, 2017
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Director Dee Rees is scheduled to be present. Alike is a 17-year-old African American woman who lives with her family in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry and is a good high-school student. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian.... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Bessie"

  • November 17, 2017
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Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, during her transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. The screenplay is based on a story by Horton Foote... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Night Song"

  • November 18, 2017
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Cathy Mallory (Merle Oberon), a San Francisco socialite, slowly falls in love with a blind composer and pianist named Dan Evans (Dana Andrews). Dan rejects the affection, assuming it comes from pity. After speaking to Dan’s best friend (Hoagy Carmichael), Cathy devises a plan she thinks will get... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Unknown Girl"

  • November 18, 2017
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While working late, Jenny, a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It is only later she learns the person ringing was an unidentified African woman who was found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought she is to blame,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Unknown Girl"

  • November 19, 2017
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While working late, Jenny, a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It is only later she learns the person ringing was an unidentified African woman who was found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought she is to blame,... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Timberjack"

  • November 19, 2017
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Tim Chipman (Sterling Hayden) returns to Montana from college to discover that his father has been killed. Chipman’s father was a lumberman with his own logging company and there are debts to pay. Though the property and logs have substantial value, another logger controls the railroad and does... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Sunflower Occupation

  • November 27, 2017
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Jointly directed by nine members of the Taipei Documentary Filmmakers Union, Sunflower Occupation is a 10-part omnibus that recounts the genesis, process, and aftermath of the student-led Sunflower Movement of 2014. The film captures the challenges of democratic protest and citizen action during... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Dear Mandela"

  • December 2, 2017
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Dear Mandela follows the journeys of three friends from the rundown shacks of Durban’s slums to the highest court in South Africa. In response to the government’s campaign to “eradicate the slums” by evicting shack dwellers, these three friends refuse to be moved—even when facing eviction at... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc"

  • December 3, 2017
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Silent film with live guitar accompaniment by Jason Fickel. In La passion de Jean d’Arc, Dreyer draws on historical records to depict the vulnerability and strength of the cross-dressing warrior-mystic who led the French to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Swamp Thing"

  • December 3, 2017
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Producer and IU Alumnus Michael Uslan is scheduled to be present. 35th Anniversary Screening. Deep in the Louisiana swamps, botanist Alex Holland (Ray Wise) and his sister, Linda, are in development of a top-secret, government bioengineering project. Just as the sibling... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Bonnie and Clyde"

  • December 4, 2017
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50th Anniversary Screening. Depression-era drifters Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) embark on a life of crime—craving adventure and each other. Moviegoers in 1967 were unprepared for the cascading violence that would follow, and when audiences learned the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Last Year at Marienbad"

  • December 4, 2017
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In Alain Resnais’ film, we know for certain that a man and woman meet at a château and disagree on whether they met in Marienbad the year before. What happens afterward within this surrealistic dream world however remains mysterious. As space and time become slippery entities, the film invites... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Dirty Dancing"

  • December 7, 2017
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30th Anniversary Screening. It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman would rather be saving the world than practicing her foxtrot with her parents and older sister at Kellerman’s Catskills resort. She’s aching to grow up and make a difference in the world. Stuck... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Army of Shadows"

  • December 8, 2017
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In Melville’s most personal film, Philippe (Lino Ventura), aided by Resistance compatriots—including maîtresse of disguise, Mathilde (Simone Signoret)—goes underground in the face of the German Occupation, but the price of heroism can be truly horrific. Now considered a masterpiece, the film was... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The American Astronaut"

  • December 8, 2017
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Though not released in the ’90s, the film was workshopped at Sundance in 1998, and frankly, we couldn’t resist. Cory McAbee’s lo-fi, sci-fi, western, noir, musical is a treat for the eyes and ears, full of cinematic tributes. Interplanetary trader Samuel Curtis is on a mission—to deliver the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Sound Of Music Quote-Along"

  • December 9, 2017
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Join us for the third annual The Sound of Music Quote-Along and don’t miss the chance to recite your favorite lines and tunes from this cherished family classic. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family singers, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical stars Julie Andrews as Maria, a young... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Square"

  • December 9, 2017
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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a surreal, satirical drama set in a contemporary art museum where an installation meant to promote altruism—providing a symbolic space where only good things can happen—sets off an existential crisis engulfing the museum’s... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse/Fat Feet/Tappy Toes"

  • December 10, 2017
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Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse (1985) Directed by Thomas L. Neff Fat Feet/Tappy Toes (1966/1969) Directed by Red Grooms Although best known for his paintings, prints, and large sculptural constructions, Pop artist Red Grooms was also an influential experimental filmmaker during the... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "The Square"

  • December 10, 2017
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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a surreal, satirical drama set in a contemporary art museum where an installation meant to promote altruism—providing a symbolic space where only good things can happen—sets off an existential crisis engulfing the museum’s... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Crimson Film Festival"

  • December 11, 2017
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The 2017 program of short films will be announced in December. Crimson Film Festival is the largest showcase of undergraduate film content at Indiana University. It gives young filmmakers the rare chance to see their work projected on a big screen with a THX-certified sound system.... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Fall 2017 Student Films Showcase"

  • December 12, 2017
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Final program and screening order will be posted on www.cinema.indiana.edu closer to the program date. Films in this program are curated from projects in courses across Indiana University–Bloomington. (HD Presentation) Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Monterey Pop"

  • December 13, 2017
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New 4K Restoration. On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward. Capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock ‘n’ roll, Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi... Learn more

IU CINEMA: "Monterey Pop"

  • December 14, 2017
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New 4K Restoration. On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward. Capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock ‘n’ roll, Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi... Learn more