Enjoy a showcase of short films created by Iowa filmmakers when the sixth season of “The Film Lounge” makes its television premiere on Iowa PBS. The first of two hour-long episodes will air at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, followed by the second episode at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. Each episode will also stream in real time on Facebook, where viewers can interact with contributing filmmakers and other film fans using the hashtag #TheFilmLounge.
“The Film Lounge” is produced by Iowa PBS in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa. Here is the lineup for Episode 601 on Jan. 31:
- “Frozen Out” by Tyler Hill and Hao Zhou of Iowa City brings together scenes from rural Iowa and rural China to explore anxiety, dislocation and self-exile. In October, it won a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- “Doubt” by Godfreed Ebong of Cedar Rapids uses the experience of a mixed martial arts fighter to create a narrative about triumph over adversity.
- “Lo/ve” by Tempest Montgomery of Iowa City uses abstraction, color and clay to study the conflict of emotion and discover the sources of true joy and fulfillment.
- Spotlight Feature: Peek behind the scenes at a short film project by Beau Batterson that was filmed entirely in a Cedar Rapids basement with the use of green screens. It's all about creativity on a shoestring budget.
- “Ghost Creek” by Benjamin Handler of Iowa City reflects on the anxiety, hope and understanding achieved when a city loses the art, culture and community that makes it unique.
- “Birdsong” by Paul Huenemann of Cedar Rapids is an animated contemplation about what it would be like to retire.
For more information about “The Film Lounge,” including guidelines to submit films for the following season, please visit the thefilmlounge.org.