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Kasey Dunifer: The Oscars 2022 — Picks, Predicts & Snubs

Like a nerdier March Madness, the Oscars also provide their fair share of upsets, shoe-ins, and predictions from fans. Below are my picks (who I think should win), predicts (who I think will win), and snubs (who should have been nominated) for ten categories at this year's Oscars.   1. BEST PICTURE To continue the analogy, I look at this year’s Best Picture nominees a little like this: 1-seeds: “The Power of the Dog,” “Belfast,” and “West Side...

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Kasey Dunifer: The Power of the Dog

THE POWER OF THE DOG - Review/Analysis   After more than a decade’s long break from feature filmmaking, Jane Campion returns in full force with her unconventional Western, “The Power of the Dog,” an adaptation of the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage. A master of period pieces (her most notable being the 1993 film, “The Piano”), Campion reminds us of the eloquent heartbreak of her craft, this time in 1925’s rural Montana.   The film...

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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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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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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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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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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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