Des Moines Film Society

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” Reviewed: Reframing the Cinematic Superhero

“People are more than just one thing.”   When a displaced and grieving man by the name of Jimmie Fails admits this simple truth, it feels like a moment of genuine epiphany that, sadly, will never seep into his city’s collective consciousness. In that moment, Fails is, in a way, set free because he is no longer defining himself by a single story or a single purpose. But at the same time, he knows that his own...

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“Toy Story 4” Reviewed: Embracing a Toy’s Impermanence

When “Toy Story 4” (Pixar/Disney) was first announced back in November of 2014, the response from fans could best be described as cautious curiosity, rather than full-blown anticipation.    And for good reason.    After all, the creative team at Pixar had already closed the book on their most beloved film franchise, with the heartrending climax of “Toy Story 3” (2010) bringing every man, woman and child in the world to tears. Did there really need to be a...

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Becoming American and the Immigrant Experience

We are proud to partner with the Franklin Avenue Library to present two film series: Becoming American and The Immigrant Experience Film Festival.   Becoming American is a six-week program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history. Kevin Gannon, Ph.D., a professor of History at Grand View University, will serve as the series' scholar/moderator.   Films will screen Mondays at 6pm, beginning Feb....

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Shoplifters: Special Advance Screening

Buy Tickets Now   Join us for a special Advanced Screening of Shoplifters, winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, before it opens in New York and Los Angeles.   After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making...

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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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