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Nighttime films at Memorial Stadium among IU Cinema fall events

Aug 18, 2021
Students watch a movie on a large screen while seated on a football field
Memorial Stadium will serve as the venue for the IU Cinema Under the Stars film series this fall.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

IU Cinema has an idea that really scores: showing five films at Memorial Stadium – home of the Hoosiers football team – as part of its fall semester programming.

The IU Cinema Under the Stars series allows viewers a unique cinematic setting and will feature films for movie lovers of all ages, including:

“Watching a film on the field or in the stands at Memorial Stadium is a movie-going experience we hope many will not soon forget,” IU Cinema Interim Director Brittany D. Friesner said. “We are ecstatic to be able to engage our campus and community in these truly special programs this fall.”

The screening of the 1996 live-action “101 Dalmatians” ties in with the “Art of Character” exhibit of actress Glenn Close’s costume collection from her films. The costumes, which Close donated to the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design’s Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, are on display at the Eskenazi Museum of Art through Nov. 15. IU Cinema’s partnership with the Sage Fashion Collection also includes a Nov. 2 screening of another well-known Close film: “Dangerous Liaisons.”

The Sept. 16 screening of “Wall-E” kicks off the latest series in the cinema’s longstanding partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester. The current theme is resilience. Additional films include the documentaries “Gather” and “Je m’appelle humain (Call Me Human)” as virtual screenings Sept. 14 and Dec. 2, respectively, and the feature film “Dark Waters,” which screens Oct. 26 at IU Cinema and is scheduled to include a visit by Rob Bilott, the lawyer portrayed in the film by actor Mark Ruffalo.

A woman wearing traditional heritage attire has her eyes closed
“Vai” is one of two films IU Cinema will show that explore the resilience of traditional societies and environments.Photo by Marina Alofagia McCartney

The rest of the fall lineup includes multiple film series and events presented by IU Cinema and additional campus partners:

“We are thrilled to be lighting up our big screen once again and partnering with a wide range of campus partners in welcoming audiences back to the cinema, while continuing to offer virtual events to make our programming accessible beyond campus as well,” Friesner said.

Sunday Matinee Classics: A Century of Tierney,” originally scheduled for fall 2020, commemorates the 100th birthday of actress Gene Tierney. The series features five films from her career: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” “Night and the City,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Leave Her to Heaven” and “Laura.” The Nov. 14 screening of “Leave Her to Heaven” is presented in partnership with the City Lights Film Series, curated by IU graduate students from the title list in the David S. Bradley Film Collection, held by the Lilly Library.

In December, IU Cinema will debut the inaugural program of the Jon Vickers Pics series, created in honor of the founding IU Cinema director who retired in September 2020. The first screening will be “Irma Vep” on Dec. 9. Vickers will be present for the film introduction.

An upcoming book on the cinema’s history, “Indiana University Cinema: The New Model,” is scheduled to be released Sept. 7 by IU Press. The book, written by Friesner and Vickers, features 17 exclusive filmmaker interviews, as well as a foreword by philanthropist and IU alumna Jane Jorgensen and an afterword from actor and IU alumnus Jonathan Banks. A book release event will be announced later in the semester.

For additional information on these IU Cinema programs and more, visit the IU Cinema website.

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