4 p.m. Feb. 6: Virtual Watch Party on OVEE (iowapbs.org/events)
11 p.m. Feb 6: Statewide premiere on Iowa PBS
11 p.m. Feb. 7: Encore broadcast on Iowa PBS
4 p.m. Feb. 13: Virtual Watch Party on OVEE (iowapbs.org/events)
11 p.m. Feb 13: Statewide premiere on Iowa PBS
11 p.m. Feb. 14: Encore broadcast on Iowa PBS
Celebrate the work of Iowa filmmakers and explore the art of filmmaking with brand-new episodes of "The Film Lounge," which is produced by Iowa PBS in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa. In addition to the broadcasts, "The Film Lounge" will be available to stream on iowapbs.org, YouTube TV and the PBS Video app.
The new season features the following seven short films and several special segments, including the winner of the 2020 Film Lounge Student Challenge.
— “Enjoy Your Evening” from Justin Norman of Des Moines is a comedy about the awkward experience of small talk with a person you feel obligated to endure, regardless of how grating they become.
— “salt & sea” from Jack Sarcone of West Des Moines is a lyrical film about the solitary life of Gerald, one of the last living lighthouse keepers in Ireland.
— “Ultra” from Bruce James Bales of Des Moines is a high-energy documentary that follows Caleb Smith's journey as he skates his way down the California Coastal Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
— “Hook” from William Locker and Stefan Hansen, both of Des Moines, is a music video shot entirely with a 360-degree camera to create a vibrant party for the eyes.
— “Welcome to a Better You” from Jacob Withers of Des Moines is a comedy about a man who comes to believe that the clone his wife ordered to help around the house is there to replace him.
— “The Call” from Lucius Pham of Des Moines is a music video that juxtaposes hip-hop artist Teller Bank$’s current state of opulence with flashbacks to past times of poverty.
— “One Stolen Moment” from the Dubuque filmmakers Ben Burkholder, Ben Friedman, Pat Hunt and Michael Runde is a documentary that focuses on four Loras College athletes whose competition schedules — and athletic careers — were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.