Since its inception almost two decades ago under the guidance of Professor Dudley Andrew and with the support of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Cinema and Culture (ICC) at the University of Iowa has consistently promoted international film culture in an interdisciplinary context to the university and local communities.
Through regular film series (including each semester's Proseminar in Cinema and Culture offered through the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature), prominent guest speakers, and special events, the ICC has exposed students, faculty, and local communities to Greek, Indian, Yugoslav, French Canadian, and Taiwanese cinemas, among many others. Recently, for example, the ICC has programmed semester-long series of recent Iranian cinema, Asian film noir, and Icelandic cinema for large and appreciative audiences often encountering these examples of international cinema for the first time.
The ICC also regularly supports guest speakers, ranging from rising experimental and documentary filmmakers to Hollywood professionals, along with many of the world's most prominent film scholars and critics.
Finally, the ICC regularly supports annual student-run events that highlight world cinema, including THAW (the lively local festival of experimental film and video), the Crossing Borders convocation, KOLORS: the Korean Film Festival, and WAVES: the Asian American film festival. Although the ICC maintains close ties to the film studies and production programs in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, it seeks to serve the entire University and therefore encourages collaboration with a broad range of departments and programs.
Recent and ongoing collaborations with International Programs, the International Writing Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and the School of Music, among others, extend the appreciation and enjoyment of cinema beyond the boundaries of any single unit or audience on campus. The ICC also involves the local community, and offers its programs and resources to all interested participants, in almost all cases without charge.