Des Moines Film Society

The Olympic Games Documented on Film: 1938-1986

There are few, if any, events on the worldwide stage that can match the excitement, scope and grandeur of the Olympics. My earliest Olympic memories are from 1968, when the Winter Games were held in Grenoble and the Summer Games were in Mexico City. Both festivals (held in the era when both games were contested in the same year) were broadcast by the ABC Television Network. They were the first Olympics to be televised in...

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Radio Interview with Michael Libbie

Ben here - Yesterday I had the chance to chat about DMFS with Michael Libbie on his show, Insight on Business: The News Hour. If you missed it live, you can stream it here. We talked a bit about Lost Films Poster Art Show and some of our other events here in Des Moines, as well as filmmaking in Iowa in general.   Excuse my attire...

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Lost Films Poster Show coming to Art Week

During Art Week, you will have two more chances to catch the Lost Films Poster Art Show and get your hands on one of these limited-edition poster prints.   Tuesday, June 21, 6-9pm: We will be in our own offices, 304 15th St., Suite 201, as part of the Fitch Building Summer Open Studios.   Friday-Saturday, June 24-25: We will be on display as part of the Art Terrarium skywalk pop-up at Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 555 Walnut St.   What...

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Summer Series coming to Fleur Cinema

The Fleur Cinema is kicking off a three-headed monster of a Summer Series tonight with a special screening of the so-bad-it's-good classic, The Room.   The summer series is divided into three series, with three films in each series: So Bad it's Rad, Summer Lovin' and Noir Nights. Tickets are available to individual films, in a three-film pass or as an overall series pass.   The Opening Night screening of The Room will also feature a grilled cheese stand,...

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End of Fall World Premiere Tonight

Ames/Des Moines native Nicolaas Bertelsen was here a few months ago for a special screening of Yosemite, one of the films he has produced along with James Franco. Tonight, he returns to present the World Premiere of another film he produced, End of Fall.   The film is the first release from Go Man Go!, the production company Bertelsen co-founded with the film's writer/director, Wisconsin native Joselito Seldera. It is a rural thriller which follows a widower's...

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13th Wild Rose Film Festival set to launch

Film festivals are often labors of love which tend to come-and-go, but this year marks the 13th edition of the Wild Rose Film Festival in Des Moines.   Festival Director and Co-Founder Kimberly Busbee says the Wild Rose has grown each year, along the way gaining a reputation as a very filmmaker-friendly event. One way the Wild Rose has done that is by presenting awards in a variety of categories, including such technical areas as makeup and...

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Chimes at Midnight

Like Falstaff, Orson Welles burst onto the cinematic scene seemingly fully formed. 1941’s Citizen Kane, frequently thought of as the greatest film ever made, has everything we think of as Wellesian--brilliant audio, dramatic filmmaking, emotional heft underpinned by an element of tongue-in-cheek camp. Welles, who was 26 when the film was made, had been a dramatic force since at least his teens and gives an utterly convincing performance in which is character spans decades. When...

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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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