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Over 30 Films and Events at the 2023 Refocus Film Festival

September 27, 2023
2nd annual fest in downtown Iowa City October 12-15 The 2nd edition of the Refocus Film Festival will feature over 30 films and special events, including a visit from famed filmmaker Werner Herzog, during the four day festival, October 12-15 in downtown Iowa City. The festival features 17 new feature films, five short films, six […]
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Werner Herzog to be celebrated at Closing Night of Refocus Film Festival

September 1, 2023
Director to receive FilmScene Cinema Savant awardFestival also teases festival slate with initial announcement Legendary film director Werner Herzog will receive FilmScene’s Cinema Savant award and appear in conversation at the Closing Night event of FilmScene’s 2nd Annual Refocus Film Festival on October 15, 2023 at 7:30pm at The Englert Theatre.  Herzog will discuss his […]
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John Irving at Refocus Film Festival

June 16, 2023
Refocus Film Festival is thrilled to make our first festival announcement for the 2023 edition. Acclaimed author John Irving will join us for a Saturday Showcase screening of The Cider House Rules, for which Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay by adapting his own novel of the same name. John Irving is […]
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An Array of Adaptations Await

September 6, 2022
FilmScene is thrilled to announce eight highlights from the inaugural Refocus Film Festival. These selections represent a diverse array of storytelling, adapted from, informed by, and in conversation with other works of art. All eight films will screen for the first time in Iowa, the Midwest, or the United States. Films include documentaries on famed […]
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FilmScene Announces Inaugural Refocus Film Festival

May 18, 2022
October festival will celebrate the role of literature in film Iowa City, Iowa — FilmScene, Iowa City’s Nonprofit Cinema, proudly announces Refocus Film Festival, a new film festival scripted specifically for the City of Literature. The inaugural year of the festival will be held October 6-9, 2022. “Cinema builds community, and what better way to […]
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