Des Moines Film Society

Saving Brinton: Des Moines Premiere

Des Moines Film Society is proud to co-host the Des Moines premiere of Saving Brinton, a documentary about Iowa film history produced by Iowa filmmakers.   Saving Brinton is the story of Michael Zahs, an eccentric Iowa collector who uncovers five hours of film from the early 1900s that once belonged to Frank Brinton, one of America's most successful barnstorming moving picture exhibitors.   Produced by Iowa City filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard and Andrew Sherburne, the film premiered...

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The Shining: Book vs. Movie

Buy Tickets   It’s a novel from the master of horror and a film from the greatest filmmaker of his generation, and now you can read and see The Shining, complete with a reception in a historic (and perhaps haunted) hotel.   Des Moines Film Society and the Des Moines Public Library Foundation Next Chapter are proud to present The Shining, Book vs. Movie.   After reading the novel, attendees invited to a screening Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on the big screen...

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World War I: Great Films About The Great War

April 2017 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I (or The First World War). In much of Europe it was originally referred to as The Great War, a tag that was also common in America. Here in The States, as early as 1918, it was frequently referred to as The World War. And there were more names: “The War to End War,” as well as the “War to Make...

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Lost Films Poster Art Show returns

We are very excited to announce our Lost Films Poster Art Show is back for a 2nd year!   If you missed last year's event, we asked local designers to create movie posters for real films which were never completed, some abandoned during production, some written but never filmed, others little more than ideas...

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Home Cinema Club – Casting JonBenet

It's one of the most talked-about documentaries of the year, it's premiering on Netflix and it's our May Home Cinema Club pick: Casting JonBenet.   A few of us saw the film at this year's True/False Film Festival and haven't been able to stop talking about it. The film consists of a dozen or so actors auditioning for roles in a movie version of the JonBenet Ramsey story. But as these actors move beyond just reading the script...

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Open Screen Night – May 22

May 22 Kum & Go Theater at Des Moines Social Club Doors 6pm / Show 7pm FREE   Filmmakers and film lovers: We are proud to announce another installment of Open Screen Night, in partnership with Des Moines Social Club.   Have you ever been to an open mic? This is the same idea, only with video as opposed to live performances. Open Screen is a forum for any filmmaker to share their work with a live audience. Submit your own work...

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Home Cinema Club – Beaver Trilogy Part IV

For this month’s Home Cinema Club we have our first foray in to documentary film (though not Sundance alums) with The Beaver Trilogy Part IV. Director Ben Bresser’s examination of the underground classic Beaver Trilogy gives the audience a glimpse into the relationship between filmmaker and subject, just not in the direction you’d expect. Check out the trailer:   Come share your thoughts on the film or your ill-advised drag karaoke performances on Tuesday, April 25th starting at...

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Home Cinema Club – I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Welcome to Home Cinema Club Part 2: Electric Boogaloo! For our second installment we’ll be watching the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. Don’t worry, the movie isn’t nearly as long as the title. The directorial debut of actor Macon Blair follows Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) as she dabbles in the fine art of revenge against thieves, thugs and your average neighborhood basket of deplorables. And, hey, Elijah Wood...

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Late night documentaries coming to SCI Iowa

The Blank IMAX Dome at the Science Center of Iowa is an under-appreciated gem in the local film scene: One of the last remaining dome style IMAX screens showing documentaries on actual celluloid.   Starting this week, they will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays...

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More Birdman perks: A farm-to-table dinner and Noce after-party

We've got two more exclusive opportunities for you to really enjoy a night out with Birdman Live with Antonio Sanchez - a farm-to-table dinner and an after-party at jazz club Noce.   Hoyt Sherman Place has partnered with The Wallace Centers of Iowa to offer a farm-to-table dinner before the show, prepared by Chef Katie Porter. A limited number of seats are available for the dinner, which will include a pre-fixed seasonal menu and begin at 5pm....

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