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Ghouls and Goblins Take Over 'The Film Lounge' on IPTV Oct. 29

Oct 10, 2017

DES MOINES - Movies about a mysterious charm bracelet, an alien abduction and a haunted house are just a few of the special selections featured in "The Film Lounge - Halloween Style" TV show that will air this month on Iowa Public Television.

The Halloween show is a special episode of "The Film Lounge," a collaborative TV series that premiered on Iowa Public Television earlier this year to high praise from filmmakers and fans. It 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.

"As we were gathering film submissions earlier this year, one thing became clear: Iowans like to make horror films," said Liz Gilman, executive producer of Produce Iowa, the state office that supports media production in Iowa. "So we decided to launch an episode devoted only to short films that frighten and intrigue and have a little fun with the incredible work being done by Iowa filmmakers."

The hour-long Halloween episode will be hosted by "Inspector" Ian Miller, the driving force behind the ​​theatrical​ program "The Nitch," and was supported by the Slaughterhouse ​haunted attraction ​a​t the Barnum Factory ​in Des Moines​.

Following is ​the list of short films to be featured in "The Film Lounge - Halloween Style" that will air at 10 p.m. Oct. 29 on IPTV.1.

(Film Title)​ (Year)​

Steve Couch
"I'm a Madman" (2009)
An animated, musical homage to monster movies.

Bruce Walters
"Faces of Halloween" (2017)
A poetic reminder of the mysteries behind the masks of the season.

Des Moines
Juan Acuna Esparza
"I am Trying to Remember" (2017)
A look at one man's attempt to recall an abduction -- of the alien variety.

Des Moines
Justin Norman and Shrieking Tree
"The Eye" (2017)
A bizarre look at the last days of sunlight. "The Eye" is part of the Evil Grin Gift Box web series of more than 40 dark comedy shorts.

Des Moines
Michael Berg
"Ghost of a Chance" (2016)
A ghost story about the perils of performing seances in abandoned houses.

Des Moines
Patrick Tape Fleming
"Dracula's Casket" by Poison Control Center (2011)
A timeless black and white music video filled with caskets and levitation.

Des Moines
Serena Illuminati and Annalibera
"Honesty" (2017)
A haunting and ethereal music video ponders whether we are free spirits or floating ghosts.

Iowa City
P. Sam Kessie
"The Last Summer" (2013)
A cautionary tale of friendship and a mysterious charm bracelet.

Beau Batterson and Adam Orton
"BOO!" (2011)
A trio of troublesome trick-or-treaters visits a haunted funeral home one spooky Halloween night.

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