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The Dennos Museum Center presents films during the year sourced from the Smithsonian Channel, WCMU, and Indie Lens Pop-Up. Most films are free of charge, but do require registration. Films are generally screened with captions. Milliken Auditorium features a T-coil loop for those with hearing impairments. Additional arrangements for a sign language interpreter can be made by contacting Liz Celeste at eceleste@nmc.edu or by calling 231-995-1029.

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summer 2024 films

One Person, One Vote? Free Screening

Wednesday, June 19th | 3:00 PM

GET TICKETS | SOLD OUT

An absolute must-see for anyone who can vote for president in the United States, this eye-opening exposé of the origins and contentious history of the Electoral College gives context to current events recalling the often forgotten role of slavery in its creation. Throughout American history, the Electoral College has dramatically impacted American politics and society, particularly with respect to vote erasure of the minority party vote.

This film is free to attend, but please register in advance. Limit of 34 tickets.

Then, join NMC and Northern Michigan E3 for a block-party style celebration and educational programs at 5:00 PM on NMC’s main campus.

Zero Gravity Screening

Thursday, June 27th | 4:00 PM

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Zero Gravity intimately follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Seen primarily through the wondrous eyes of three young innovators and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament -- the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

After the film, join us for an afterglow at our film sponsor The Little Fleet. Enjoy a beverage of your choice for $1 off when you show your movie ticket, and chat about the film with your fellow movie-goers. 

The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.  

Eat Flowers Screening

Thursday, July 25th | 4:00 PM

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Eat Flowers is a short film inspired by British artist Cig Harvey’s, Blue Violet, a book of photographs and writing that explores themes of isolation, beauty, and loss.

Told through a series of poetic vignettes, Eat Flowers brings us into the dreamy worlds that Cig creates for her best friend Mary who is being treated for Leukemia.

These artistic gifts create a portal for us to experience magic in unexpected places: a dahlia compost heap, a field of yellow weeds, a disco ball. Cig’s vibrant, passionate work breaks open a world we didn't know we were missing.

Eat Flowers tells an urgent story about living, all through the language of flowers.

After the film, join us for an afterglow at our film sponsor The Little Fleet. Enjoy a beverage of your choice for $1 off when you show your movie ticket, and chat about the film with your fellow movie-goers. 

The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.  

Street Heroines Screening

Thursday, August 29th | 4:00 PM

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STREET HEROINES is an award-winning feature-length documentary celebrating the courage and creativity of women who despite their lack of recognition have been an integral part of the graffiti and street art movement since the beginning. With authentic vérité storytelling woven between an interview-driven narrative, STREET HEROINES juxtaposes the personal experiences of three emerging Latina artists from New York City, Mexico City, and São Paulo as they navigate a male-dominated subculture to establish artistic identities within chaotic urban landscapes.

Toofly, born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY, is determined to use her art to help others and embarks on a journey that leads her back to Ecuador after establishing a unique friendship with the first female of graffiti, Lady Pink. Fusca, a talented painter who moved to Mexico City inspired by its embrace of muralism, becomes dismayed by the machinations behind the urban art scene and is forced to reanalyze her passion. In the concrete jungle of São Paulo, Brazil Magrela expresses her feelings on the complexities of being a woman through vibrant colors and radical imagery painted across city walls only to one day be confronted by the very authorities that make her feel unwanted in the public space. Combined with historical anecdotes from pioneering artists including Lady Pink, Swoon, Lady Aiko, Nina Pandolfo and iconic graffiti photographer Martha Cooper, among others, Street Heroines is the first-of-its-kind documentary to capture the collective outcry of female street artists.

After the film, join us for an afterglow at our film sponsor The Little Fleet. Enjoy a beverage of your choice for $1 off when you show your movie ticket, and chat about the film with your fellow movie-goers. 

The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people. 


PAST FILMS

The Tuba Thieves Signature ImageThe Tuba Thieves free sCREENING

Thursday, May 23rd — 4:00 PM

What is the role of sound and what does it mean to listen? Hard of hearing filmmaker Alison O’Daniel uses a series of tuba thefts in Los Angeles high schools as a jumping-off point to explore these questions. Through several d/Deaf people telling stories in a unique game of telephone, the central mystery of The Tuba Thieves isn’t about theft of instruments; it’s about the nature of sound itself.

Dennos will provide space and time for community dialogue after the film for those who wish to stay.

This free film screening is part of our Indie Lens Pop-Up Series, featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

about indie lens pop-up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a community series that brings people together for film screenings and conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most. Learn more at pbs.org/indielenspopup

Young Hemingway fishingYoung Hemingway: The Path to Paris screening

Tuesday, May 21st — 4:00PM 

The Young Hemingway: The Path to Paris project was launched to coincide with the 2012 biennial conference of the International Hemingway Society, meeting for the first time in Petoskey. The conference sessions held in the historic summer community of Bay View focused on young Hemingway’s early observations and writings – as does the documentary.

The documentary was produced by Contemporary Learning Systems (CLS), a Michigan-based non-profit company. Its production partner, Starbright Media Corporation (SMC), based in Petoskey, Michigan, contributed all overhead costs to the project. Dr. George Colburn, a historian, and SMC’s executive producer, wrote and directed the production of Young Hemingway.  Dr. George Colburn passed in December of 2022. The film will be introduced by Christopher Struble -content producer for the film and President of the Michigan Hemingway Society. This film is the definitive summary of the influence Michigan had on young Ernest Hemingway during his 23 formative summers spent on Walloon Lake. 

The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

marqueetown screening

Sunday, April 14th — 4:00PM | Doors — 3:30 PM
Followed by a Cast & Crew Q&A

No one fights to preserve a multiplex, but some people will risk everything to save a marquee. Through booms and busts, Delft Theatres Inc. - and its innovative gem, The Nordic - endured in Marquette Michigan for almost 100 years, even as the world changed endlessly around them. Local kid Bernie Rosendahl’s modern crusade to restore the historic arthouse to its former glory leads filmmakers to discover a hidden cinema empire in the Upper Peninsula. Portraying the fascinating history of motion pictures through one iconic screen - and featuring dozens of Michigan locations and characters - Marqueetown is a true story of chasing your dreams, redefining failure and success, and reembracing the enduring magic of cinema.

Matter of Mind Signature ImageMatter of mind free sCREENING

Thursday, April 11th — 4:00 PM

Three people—a political cartoonist, a mother turned boxing coach, and an optician—navigate their lives with resourcefulness and determination in the face of a degenerative illness, Parkinson’s disease.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Torrey Davenport PT, DPT to the film screening where she will lead a community discussion following the film. Torrey is a lifelong Michigander and works for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation as Northern Michigan Program Manager. Additionally, she is a certified PWR! Moves physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers and has a grandfather with Parkinson’s Disease.

This free film screening is part of our Indie Lens Pop-Up Series, featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens. Please register in advance. Limit of 60 people, please limit groups to four people.

Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt in Jumanji (1995). Photo by Columbia/Tristar - © 1995 TriStar PicturesJumanji (1995) screening

Friday, March 29th — 1:00PM 
Rated PG | Run Time: 1h 44m

Join us in Milliken Auditorium for a spring break screening of Jumanji (1995). 

Please register in advance. Tickets are pay what you wish, limit of 300. This event is general admission. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Should you need a wheelchair-accessible seat, please contact us in advance at dmc@nmc.edu or call 231-995-1055.

After the screening, visit the exhibition Young at Art and find a drawing from the Caldecott-winning book that inspired the film.

ABOUT THE FILM

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Breaking The News Signature ImagebREAKING the news free sCREENING

Thursday, March 14th — 4:00 PM

Who decides which stories get told? A scrappy group of women and LGBTQ+ journalists buck the white male-dominated status quo, banding together to launch The 19th*, a digital news startup aiming to combat misinformation. A story of an America in flux, and the voices often left out of the narrative, the documentary Breaking the News shows change doesn’t come easy.

Dennos will provide space and time for community dialogue after the film for those who wish to stay.

This free film screening is part of our Indie Lens Pop-Up Series, featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

Raising Liberty Square Signature ImageRazing Liberty Square Free Screening

Thursday, January 18th — 4:00 PM

Liberty City, Miami, is home to one of the oldest segregated public housing projects in the U.S. Now with rising sea levels, the neighborhood’s higher ground has become something else: real estate gold. Wealthy property owners push inland to higher ground, creating a speculators’ market in the historically Black neighborhood previously ignored by developers and policy-makers alike.

Dennos will provide space and time for community dialogue after the film for those who wish to stay.

This free film screening is part of our Indie Lens Pop-Up Series, featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

Women of the Victoria Islamic center pray in a temporary building after an arson destroys their mosque.A Town Called Victoria free screening

Thursday, December 7th — 4:00 PM

When the local mosque is burned to the ground in an apparent hate crime, the town of Victoria must overcome its age-old political, racial, and economic divides to find a collective way forward. A Town Called Victoria is a Reel South and Independent Lens co-production.

Dennos will provide space and time for community dialogue after the film for those who wish to stay.

This film is free. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

 

Norval MorrisseauTHERE ARE NO FAKES

Saturday, November 18th — 2:00 PM
Tickets: $0 - $5

A painting, thought to be the work of the iconic Indigenous artist, Norval Morriseau, leads the rock star who buys it into the tragic and brutal world of an art forgery ring in Canada’s far north.

A virtual Q&A with the director, Jamie Kastner will follow the screening.

 

 

The American Buffalo free SCREENING

Monday, October 9th — 4:00PM 

The American Buffalo is the biography of an improbable, shaggy beast that has found itself at the center of many of the country’s most mythic and heartbreaking tales. This event is a 30 minute preview of the PBS series and will feature remarks from Indigenous chef Sam Anglin, followed by a reception with food.

ABOUT SAMUEL ANGLIN

Chef Sam Anglin, of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, artfully combines indigenous traditions with contemporary tastes. He has previously served as the Head Banquet Chef at the world-class Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, and led the kitchen at Andahwod Continuing Care Community and Elder Services on his reservation for over a decade. Sam has traveled across Turtle Island to exchange food knowledge at Intertribal Food Summits alongside other indigenous culinary visionaries. Whether hunting, fishing, foraging, or crafting a heartfelt meal, his commitment extends beyond the professional kitchen. He believes in nurturing connections through food and cooks for traditional ceremonies, pow-wows, and private cooking demonstrations, helping to spread the healing message of reconnecting with ancestral foods.

hockney: seeing beauty free screening

Tuesday, September 26th — 6:00 PM

Kick off Up North Pride Week with a personal look inside the life and creative mind of one of the 20th century’s greatest British artists: David Hockney. The film looks back at his formative years in the British pop art scene and his experiences as a gay man.

This film is free. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people, please limit groups to four people.

 

 

aerial America: Michigan

Sunday, July 16th
1:00 & 4:00 PM

Register Online | Free Admission

Take flight over Michigan, a Midwestern powerhouse, where one man's assembly lines brought the automobile to America and another man's "Hit Factory" brought the Motown sound to the world. Named after the Native American term for "big lake," Michigan is defined not only by the Great Lakes that shape it, but how its residents shaped America. We examine its diverse history and its visionaries who built empires, started unions, and helped win a World War, while witnessing its diverse beauty from thousands of feet in the air.