Des Moines Film Society

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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Secret Life of Pets w/ Storyboard Artist Adam Van Wyk

Join the State Historical Museum of Iowa and Des Moines Film Society for a free screening of The Secret Life of Pets, followed by a conversation with Adam Van Wyk, a storyboard artist who worked on the film. Van Wyk will share some of the work he did on the film and describe how an animated film goes from storyboards to a finished motion picture.   This event is FREE for all.   Saturday, March 11, 10:00am State Historical Museum...

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A showcase of one-minute films, inspired by Wes Anderson

We're honored to be hosting The Life Yelpquatic - a party celebrating the work of Wes Anderson - along with our friends at Yelp! Des Moines. The party will be a fundraiser for Des Moines Film Society.   As part of that party, we are calling all filmmakers and asking you to produce a one-minute film (maximum) in the style of Wes Anderson. We will be showcasing the films during the party, and plan to offer some...

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Join the Home Cinema Club

Today we are proud to launch the Home Cinema Club, a unique opportunity for you to discover great movies, watch them at home, then meet-up with other film lovers to discuss over drinks.   Here's how it will work:   Each month, we'll pick a movie that we think is worth watching and discussing. The movies will be available on Netflix, though in many cases they will also be available at your local library, a great video store like...

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You built DMFS; We need you again

We came to you last year at this time and asked you to make a donation to help us grow the film scene in Des Moines. You came through and we delivered.   We promised: A membership program with exclusive benefits We delivered: A membership program with discounts to all DMFS events We promised: Special screenings with visiting filmmakers We delivered: Exclusive premiere screenings and filmmaker Q&As with Sundance Winner Birth of a Nation and Brent Roske's Courting Des Moines We...

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There’s More to Kurosawa Than Samurai Films

Recently, thanks to Turner Classic Movies (and my DVR), along with an assist from the Des Moines Public Library, I was able to view several films by Akira Kurosawa for the first time. Not only is Kurosawa in the group of Japanese directors known as The Big Three (along with Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujirô Ozu) he is, without question, in the international pantheon of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Known primarily for his talent...

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