IU 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 highest standards of presentation of film in both traditional and modern forms. By providing unique and enriching cinematic experiences, the cinema advances Indiana University’s long-standing commitment to excellence, scholarship, and engagement in the arts across campus and community.

Double Exposure 2023 | IU Cinema

Presenting original student work, Double Exposure is an innovative and collaborative program made possible through a partnership which brings together the Indiana University Student Composers Association, The Media School, Jacobs School of Music’s Music Scoring for Visual Media program, Audio... Learn more

Belly of the Beast w/Q&A | Reproductive Justice on Screen

When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside,... Learn more

In Conversation: Stephanie Rothman | Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series

By 1974, Stephanie Rothman had been working in the film industry as a writer, director, and producer for a decade, had seven feature directorial credits to her name, and was the Vice President of Creative Development at an independent studio. Rothman was one of very few women to have a... Learn more

The Student Nurses w/filmmaker | Radical Acts: The Cinema of Stephanie Rothman

Four nursing students finishing their education are faced with professional and personal challenges as they wade through the tumultuous and ever-changing political and social landscape of L.A. on 1970. A masterful blend of individual narratives and varied formal styles and genres, The Student... Learn more

The Velvet Vampire | Radical Acts: The Cinema of Stephanie Rothman

Toeing the line between exploitation and art cinema, The Velvet Vampire deconstructs vampire mythology with a subversive feminist spirit and dreamily poetic visual style. California couple Susan and Lee Ritter are anxious to accept an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu to visit her... Learn more

Close | International Art House Series

Léo and Rémi are two thirteen-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont's second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of... Learn more

Memories of Underdevelopment w/Q&A | Jon Vickers Pics

Left behind by his wife and family in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana and idly reflecting, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this... Learn more

Walkabout | Michael A. McRobbie's Choice

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John) into the Australian Outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh... Learn more

Rafiki & Pumzi | Best of FESPACO

Kena and Ziki live very different lives in Nairobi. Kena works in her father's shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County... Learn more

Drunktown's Finest | Native Women in Cinema

Inspired by a controversial 20/20 segment which branded the predominantly Native Gallup, New Mexico as "Drunk Town, USA," Drunktown's Finest follows a college-bound student, a young father-to-be, and a trans woman who aspires to be a model as they struggle to escape their reservation. Written and... Learn more

Gone with the River | Native Women in Cinema

Gone with the River is the story of an Indigenous woman who lives in her community but learns Spanish, becomes a teacher in the Spanish-speaking world, and encounters rejection by her Indigenous community and husband as a result. Spoken almost entirely in Warao, a Native language of Venezuela,... Learn more

Pure Grit | Native Women in Cinema

Pure Grit is both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing and an intimate love story. Chronicling three years in the life of young horse racer Sharmaine Weed, a Shoshone woman from Wyoming's Wind River reservation, the documentary tells her story of reigning as a riding champion,... Learn more

The Crucible | National Theatre Live

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta, and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by... Learn more

The Last Wave | Michael A. McRobbie's Choice

In Sydney, business lawyer David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is given the pro bono assignment of defending five Aborigines accused of the murder of another tribesman. None of Burton's clients are willing to speak about what happened, even in their own defense, and the medical examiner on the... Learn more

Do It In the Dark! with Harrison Apple | Forever Queer

  • April 19, 2023

Harrison Apple from the Pittsburgh Queer History Project comes to Indiana University to share their work as an after-hours nightclub archivist and oral historian. Following many years of discomfort with the extractive and repetitive demands of archival custodian techniques, Apple created a... Learn more

Caterpillars w/Q&A | Best of FESPACO

Two Aka Pygmies from the Central African Republic sell roasted caterpillars in the city, using the proceeds to improve education in their communities. They know exactly where and when to catch the insects and make a good living from what nature has to offer. However, these skills and knowledge... Learn more

Desrances w/Q&A | Best of FESPACO

It has been more than ten years since Francis left Haiti following the death of his parents, massacred by soldiers of the dictatorial regime in place. Now based in Côte d'Ivoire, in Abidjan, Francis, his wife Aïssey, and their 12-year-old daughter Haïla await the birth of a son, who to Francis'... Learn more

The Tracker | Michael A. McRobbie's Choice

When a white woman is murdered in 1920s Australia, a police officer (Gary Sweet) ventures into the Outback with a small crew in search of the Aboriginal fugitive (Noel Wilton) accused of the crime. In his group are a newcomer to the country (Damon Gameau), an old sage (Grant Page), and an... Learn more

The Card Counter w/producer | Additional Films and Guests

Sleeping in anonymous motels and making a living as a semi-professional poker player in low-rent casinos, William Tell (Oscar Isaac) is a mysterious man running from an even more mysterious past. After meeting a strange young man (Tye Sheridan) bent on a familiar revenge, Tell's past quickly... Learn more

Montage Film Festival 2023 | IU Cinema

The Fourth Annual Montage Film Festival is IU's annual celebration of student-produced films. Submitted films are viewed and judged by IU alumni and awarded for several categories including Best in Show, Best Cinematography, and Best Acting or Performance. Information on the films showing will be... Learn more

Escape the Week Mega Marathon | IU Cinema

Finals got you down? The 9-to-5 stressing you out? Swing by the IU Cinema and take a break from it all! Doors open at 11:30am with films screening back-to-back, starting at 12pm. There will be no intermissions, but we are scheduling a five-minute bathroom break between the start of each film. You... Learn more

Establishing Shot Watch Party | IU Cinema

  • May 2, 2023

Join IU Cinema’s Establishing Shot blog for a delightful conversation about a rich and varied collection of films. You and the bloggers watch the films ahead of time, and then everyone digs into the debates, reviews, trivia—all the good stuff! For the list of movies that will be discussed and how... Learn more