Sunday, April 10, 2022


1:30 - 3:30 pm

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Films are, by their nature, immersive experiences. For this brief series, Curator (and film buff) Laura Burkhalter invited participating artist Matthew Willie Garcia and Dina Smith, a film scholar and associate professor of English at Drake University, to select movies that explore immersion through genre, aesthetics, and methods of worldbuilding.

The Lighthouse, 2019
Rated R / 109 minutes
Post-film commentary by Laura Burkhalter, Curatorial Manager

Two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Rich in historic detail and filmed to resemble 19th-century photography, this surreal cinematic experience also has roots in the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and H.P. Lovecraft.


Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312 United States

Levitt Auditorium