Well, come on in and have a seat. Welcome to the lounge.
"The Film Lounge" is a new TV series that features a sampling of short films by Iowa filmmakers. It's produced by Iowa Public Television in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, the state's media-production office, and its first episode airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. (For you "Masterpiece" fans, that's right after "Victoria.")
Three preview parties are set for the week leading up to the premiere in Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City.
Meantime, let's meet the filmmakers right here in the Inside the Film Lounge blog, starting with P. Sam Kessie of Iowa City. Her film "Body & Form" kicks off the first episode and experiments with choreo-cinema, a mix of dance and film, to study the movement of a disjointed form.
Sam was born in London and raised in Ghana. She's been in the film industry for more than a decade and says her international background has influenced both the content and style of her work – screenplays, short videos, photography – as well as the path that work has taken her.
She's participated in workshops such as the Durban Talent Campus in South Africa, the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and Berlinale Talent in Germany and has exhibited work everywhere from the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania to the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. These days she's working on a master's degree in film and video production at the University of Iowa.