Second season of The Film Lounge to feature 10 films by Iowa artists

Posted: August 18, 2017

Ten independent short films by Iowa artists have been selected for the second season of The Film Lounge, a collaborative TV series that premiered on Iowa Public Television earlier this year to high praise from filmmakers and fans.

The Film Lounge is produced by Iowa Public Television in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, both divisions of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and with generous support from the Gilchrist Foundation.

The Film Lounge highlights experimental and art films by Iowans, celebrates filmmaking as an art form and recognizes the contributions of filmmaking to the economic and cultural vitality of Iowa. The films are two to 20 minutes in various genres, including animation, art, documentary, experimental, music video and narrative.

Iowa Public Television will air the films during two, one-hour episodes in February. More information about the air dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

The list of Iowa filmmakers and movies selected for the second season of The Film Lounge follows:

(Community); (Filmmakers); (Film Title, Year); (Description)

Cedar Falls; Aaron Van Maanen and Holden Feagler; Through, 2017; An anachronic narrative film that follows a person wrestling with inner demons and isolation.

Decorah; Thomas C. Johnson; Marieke, 2017; A documentary about the life and craft of acclaimed Dutch Gouda cheesemaker Marieke Penterman from Thorp, WI.

Des Moines; Nella Thomas and William Locker; 1871, 2016; A music video that puts a contemporary twist on an old Western tune.

Des Moines; Benjamin Gardner; Hallucination Dream Sequence, 2017; An experimental animation based on the phenomena that occur during sleep, dreams, and falling asleep.

Des Moines; Jack Meggers; ‘On My Mind’ by The Maytags, 2017; A music video that explores love’s ability to alter one’s perception of reality.

Dubuque; Ruth Mataya Garcia; Lily, 2016; A poem-based film that follows the darker desires of the human soul.

Fairfield; Graham Cooper; Atmanus, 2017; A narrative film about growing up and the consequences faced when given the freedom to choose your own path.

Iowa City; Kaitlyn Busbee and Elizabeth June Bergman; Introspect, 2015; An improvisational dance film that explores the notion of "the gaze" in Western society.

Iowa City; P. Sam Kessie; Transplanted, 2017; An experimental film that explores immigrant displacement through the lens of an alien arriving in foreign space.

Winfield; Kathy Buxton and Steve Jennings; ‘Roll Up' by Fitz and the Tantrums, 2016; A music video about removing self-imposed barriers to social interaction and embracing who you are.

For more information about selected films, contact Jeff Morgan at 515.281.3858.