June 23 - 25, 2017 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Interrobang Film Festival

The Interrobang Film Festival combines a traditional film production festival with a public screening. Films will be screened at various times throughout the three days of the Des Moines Arts Festival® on June 23-25, 2017 in downtown Des Moines.


Interrobang Events

VHS NIGHT sponsored by Media Crypt and Lunchmeat VHS

Join us on the second Monday of each month at The Lift in downtown Des Moines for Interrobang's VHS NIGHT. Each month we screen double features of strange and rare films on the VHS format.

Admission is free and everything starts at 9PM.

2016 Film Screenings

Ace The Gas Station Cowboy - RT 8:29

A vignette on music, love and awareness.

Lunchmeat VHS presents America's Deadliest Home Video

The story unfolds as footage shot by Dougie, who goes on a road trip after discovering his wife cheating on him. He unintentionally tapes a criminal gang led by Clint disposing of evidence. The gang kidnaps Dougie and forces him to document their exploits.

Auction Insider: The John Zimmer Collection - RT 25:54

A documentary that follows Illinois collector John Zimmer, who after 60+ years of collecting, auctions off his barn full of rare antiques including a pristine Ford Model T and rare motorcycles, one being a extraordinary 1914 Sears motorcycle.

Autumn Leaves - RT 3:59

“Autumn Leaves” is about little girl who is going to school and something happens.

Axiom - RT 47:00

Yohann Kelly was born with a handicap and a mysterious symbol on his retina. He lives in a strange city and is searching for a meaning to life, trying to understand these anomalies. His life begins to unravel when mankind discovers an extraterrestrial form of life that looks exactly like the symbol in his eye...

Beverley - RT 24:50

Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape - 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for.

Blind Guy - RT 5:40

A vignette on life, love and blind perception.

The Call - RT 21:30

How far are we willing to go to help a stranger in need? Brynn's comfortable night at home is interrupted when a mysterious man in need shows up at her door. Human nature is tested as she navigates her struggle between Good Samaritan and cautious citizen.

The Champion - RT 17:40

A former Iraqi boxing champion, Estaifan Shilaita, overcomes tremendous hardships as he builds a special bond with his family and taxi cab customers in Chicago.

Dog Days - RT 19:05

A portrait of adolescence, brotherhood and a moment of discovery. Stephen and Isaac are bored to death on a hot summer day when their dog mysteriously disappears.

The Fake - RT 7:30

A tight-fisted empty-nester sets out to get a fake ID in order to snag the senior discount.

The First Smile After - RT 1:40

By their innocent world, children save us from our sad miserable world and this film has a quick look at a love message that is the savior.

Fish - RT 3:50

An old couple are living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The lady wants to change the fish tank’s water but it slips out of her hand and falls on the ground. They've ran out of water so there’s no water for the fish. But with the help of the man they find water for it.

My Brother - RT 22:22

MY BROTHER tells the story of a young Spanish, Alberto, who have fled as far as possible from her conservative family. He lives in Berlin with her partner and works as an illustrator of comics. But an unexpected event forces him to return to his suffocating Castilian village and confront not only their own origins but lies who created to survive

In The Dark - RT 1:21:06

Skeptical grad student, Veronica Carpenter (Lynn Justinger), interviews renowned paranormal specialist, Dr. Lois Kearne (Fiona Horrigan), for her thesis on the benefits of her supernatural research in regards to modern psychology and joins her on a field study trip to a Brooklyn family home supposedly “besieged by evil spirits.”

The Life and Death of An Unhappy Man - RT 1:35:00

A man disillusioned with his failing marriage and dead end career abruptly decides to visit his past to figure out where it all went wrong.

loveil - RT 27:00

This is the visual expression of loveil, an album by anna gebhardt of music project Annalibera. She filmed loveil in Iowa and Nebraska from August-November 2015 on an old Sony handicam. With no way to conveniently move the analog footage to editing software, she played the handicam footage (and a few selections from a 1993 tape in her family's home video archive) on a TV and filmed that with a canon rebel. Combining actual footage of her family's 1993 memories (and their farmhouse, now on the brink of collapsing) with a barrage of striking imagery, the 27 minute film contemplates, among other things, identity by association.

Remember - RT 29:36

A man dealing with the loss of his wife finds solace in conversation and silence with a homeless man.

Remittance  - RT 1:27:00

Remittance is the second narrative feature from the writer/director team, Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman. Based upon an original script by Daly and Fendelman, Remittance is a realistic portrayal of low-wage migrant workers in Singapore shot at real locations with a cast including actual domestic workers.

River - RT 10:07

River presents a unique perspective on the exquisite beauty that is present in infinite abundance when one focuses attention on the intimate motions of river water and its animated reflections and refractions of sunlight and sky. Image sequences of the river and the interplay of river motion and the changing patterns of light on the water are merged into a playful choreography with the music score. What culminates is to marvel at the natural splendor of distinctively subtle but profound impressions of a river.

Road To The Well - RT 1:47:58

Three old friends are reunited after two of them become involved in a seemingly random murder and journey up to the Northern California Sierra in order to bury the body.

Rough Cut - RT 29:00

Laarbi, an old projectionist works in a movie theater that is isolated in the countryside and is on its way to definite closure. Salman discovers, while arranging the affairs of his grandfather, old pieces of film. This is the trigger that gives him an idea that will transform the future of this movie theater…

Slinky - RT 14:10

Six months ago, an unexpected event distance Noelia her best friend, Eva. Now Noelia roams the corridors of a hospital, trying to draw strength to apologize to his friend, must overcome the panic that has always had to express their feelings, or risk losing forever Eve...

Sustainable - RT 1:35:40

Sustainable is a documentary film that weaves together expert analysis of America’s food system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. In a region dominated by commodity crops, Marty Travis has managed to maintain a farming model that is both economically viable and environmentally safe. 

Tongue Stabs Cheek - RT 12:21

Blame! Revenge! Suicide! Cake! Things started pink and purpled out from there for young Chair-Dragger, who has the end of his rope tied to the heavens and a stool beneath both feet for the kicking. But his big fix for the Big Fix is interrupted by a silver-tongued stranger who has other designs.

Wrong Did - RT 28:36

Wrong Did is about my own obsession with my body.

Interrobang Film Schedule