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Des Moines Art Center hosts MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival for seventh year

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith
Tel: 515.271.0343
Email: bbsmith@desmoinesartcenter.org

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Des Moines Art Center brings MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival to local audiences for seventh year  

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 2017) – The Des Moines Art Center is honored to once again host the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival—the world’s first global film festival—on three dates: Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 pm; Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 pm; and Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 pm. Each screening shows the same 10 films, and runs 1 hour 51 minutes. This program is FREE and will be held in Levitt Auditorium. The films are not rated, but are intended for adult audiences. Reservations are being taken for each of the three dates to ensure all interested viewers have a chance to see the films and cast their votes.*

Established in New York City in 1997, The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival received 1,615 entries from 75 countries this year. Ten entries have been selected as finalists in the annual Festival, and will be packaged and distributed on DVD to participating theaters. All of the finalists are Oscar-qualified, making them eligible for an Academy Award nomination. Audiences from around the world unite not only to view the films, but to vote on the films as well as the actors. (Attendees at the 10/1, 10/5, and 10/8 screenings will all have the opportunity to vote.) MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will announce the winner on Monday, October 9 and the Art Center will also post the results at desmoinesartcenter.org. 

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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