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New Iowa Film Museum Exhibit Opens June 27

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Hollywood in the Heartland, a new museum exhibit dedicated to films shot in Iowa, will open this month at the State Historical Museum. State officials announced the exhibit explores our legacy with the silver screen from the late 1800s to today's movies and filmmaking, as well as opera houses and theaters.

The exhibit includes the Academy Award won by Iowa native, Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress in "The Last Picture Show" (1971).
Other artifacts to be on display include:
·         Donna Reed's Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in "From Here to Eternity" (1953)
·         A 1933 copy of Phil Stong's "State Fair" and a ticket from the 1945 World Premiere of "State Fair" in Des Moines.
·         A uniform from "The Music Man" in 1962
·         Props from "Cold Turkey" in 1971
·         A replica 1919 Chicago White Sox uniform from the "Field of Dreams" in 1989
·         A bicycle used by Meryl Streep in "The Bridges of Madison County" in 1995
Personalities included in the exhibit will be novelist Oscar Micheaux, the Blank and Fridley families, and actors from across the state. Featured actors and actresses will include Leachman, Reed, John Wayne and Ashton Kutcher, among  others.
Here is the schedule of opening weekend programs:
Friday, June 27
"Hollywood Backstories with Tom Arnold" presented by Produce Iowa
10 a.m.  - FREE
Join Iowan Tom Arnold at the State Historical Museum as he kicks off opening day of the new exhibition, Hollywood in the Heartland. Tom will talk about his rise from Ottumwa to Hollywood and everything in between. And as a writer, producer, actor and comedian, he has a lot of stories to tell. Tom has been in over 120 film and television projects including True Lies, Nine Months, and Mike Myers' documentary released this month, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. In addition to hosting CMT's top-rated My Big Redneck franchise, Tom has also been on a comedy stand-up tour throughout the US over the past year, and we are excited to welcome him back to Des Moines.
Exhibit Tour with Museum Staff
1 and 3 p.m. - FREE
Experience "Hollywood in the Heartland" with a free guided tour from State Historical Museum staff.
Music Man Matinee - FREE
1 p.m. - Doors open
1:15 p.m. - Discussion
1:30 p.m. - Movie
Attend a short preview discussion and a screening of "The Music Man" (2 hrs, 55 min). Question and Answer session to follow movie.
Saturday, June 28
Exhibit Tour with Museum Staff
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - FREE
Experience "Hollywood in the Heartland" with a free guided tour from State Historical Museum staff.
Iowa's Opera Houses and Movie Theatres
11 a.m. - FREE
Iowa has the full range of historic entertainment venues from opera houses located in small towns across the state to the grand movie palaces in our largest cities. This presentation from Historian Ralph Christian and Architectural Historian Paula Mohr of the State Historic Preservation Office will tell the fascinating story of how and where Iowans enjoyed various forms of entertainment from early settlement to the multiplexes of today.  
Children's Activities
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - FREE
Make flipbooks, storyboards, and movie posters and decorating stars.
Adam Van Wyk
2 p.m. - FREE
Adam Van Wyk will talk about animated films. Van Wyk worked on "Despicable Me," "Despicable Me 2" and "Ice Age," among others, and is a Des Moines-based voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Iowa Stars Trivia Game
3:30 p.m. - FREE
Find the Iowa stars in the new exhibit and answer questions.
Sunday, June 29
Exhibit Tour with Museum Staff
1 p.m. - FREE
Experience "Hollywood in the Heartland" with a free guided tour from State Historical Museum staff.
19th Century Projected Entertainment (Humanities Iowa)
2:30-4 p.m. - FREE
Join Michael Zahs as he shows some of the world's oldest films known to exist. The films were originally shown by Frank and Indiana Brinton in small town opera houses or at Chautauqua gatherings. Some of their magic lantern slides and early movie presentations will be part of Zahs discussion. See story from USA Today
All events are at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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