Author:Ben Godar

Talking DMFS with IMPA

A few months back, DMFS co-founder Ben Godar spoke about the organization with representatives of the Iowa Motion Picture Association outside their Golden Globes event at Fleur Cinema.   If you're new to DMFS or would like to hear more on what the organization is all about, this interview covers the basics. Thanks, IMPA....

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What does the Des Moines film scene need?

Our mission is to grow the Des Moines film scene, so we need YOU to tell us what the state of that scene is. What do you like? What could be improved? What kind of things have you seen in other places that you'd like to see in Des Moines?   Please take just a few moments to complete this survey and share your thoughts with us. The information will help guide DMFS as we strive to...

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And the winner (of our Oscar Pool) is…

Congratulations to Jessica Taylor Erwin, winner of our first-ever Des Moines Film Society Oscar Pool. Jessica correctly picked 18 of the 24 categories from last night's Academy Awards, and is the winner of a pair of tickets to both the Fleur Cinema and Varsity Theater. Among the picks that put Jessica's ballot over the top, she was one of the few to correctly pick Spotlight as the Best Picture winner, and also correctly guessed one of...

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Open Screen Filmmakers Announced

We were thrilled at the outpouring of submissions we received for our first Open Screen Night, both in terms of quantity and quality. The program will feature a diverse blend of drama and comedy, animation, documentary and more.   The program will include:   Emily Harmon Growing up Black in Iowa Wes Worthing Safe Place Patrick Gannon Black Spade / Nobody's Fool Alex Holland Bird for Thought Dan Welk Gloom Balloon / You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Disaster Bruce James Bales Night Shine Greg Best Teen Cop 3: The Ninja...

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2016 DMFS Oscar Pool

Think you know who will win at the 2016 Academy Awards? Compete in the Des Moines Film Society Oscar Pool and you can win fabulous prizes.   What will those fabulous prizes be? Why, free movie tickets of course. The winner will receive two free passes to Fleur Cinema and two free passes to Varsity Theater.   Simply (and clearly) mark your ballot, predicting the winner in each category. The entrant who selects the most correct winners will be...

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Iowa Filmmaker Nicolaas Bertelsen on working with James Franco and Yosemite

When Ames native and former Des Moines-based filmmaker Nicolaas Bertelsen presents Yosemite, a film he produced, Thursday night at Fleur Cinema, it will bring him full circle on a journey that began eight years ago when he left Iowa to further his filmmaking career in Los Angeles. "I didn't just go off to California to chase a dream and go broke," he said. "I mean, I did all those things, but I did this too." Bertelsen -...

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One day left to RSVP for The Great Alone documentary

The Great Alone is a documentary which follows a three-time Iditarod sled-dog racing champion, Lance Mackey, as he battles to complete the race and earn a fourth title. The film is premiering Feb. 9 at theaters across the country, including (potentially) at Southridge 12. However, each screening needs at least 31 reservations in order for the film to screen, and as of right now, the Southridge screening has only 23. If you'd like to see the...

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DesMoinesFilm.org 2.0 is here – your resource for film in Des Moines

After much hard work, we are proud to re-launch a greatly expanded version of our website, desmoinesfilm.org.   Among the new features are a Calendar, which will feature the best film special programming in Des Moines, whether presented by us or the other great theaters and art organizations in town. We want to be your indispensable spot for what's going on in the Des Moines film scene.   We are also launching a dedicated blog, which will feature the...

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