What: The original short film showcase featuring Minnesota work by local, indie filmmakers. Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 West Lake St. Minneapolis. When: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Admission: FREE (suggested donation: $5)! During Covid-19 we’re presenting Cinema Lounge via monthly Facebook Live events (still on the second Wednesday of the month). Visit the FilmNorth Cinema Lounge Facebook page for information on the current month’s screening.

Looking for a nice, free venue at which to screen your work? Or you simply want to see great locally-made independent film? Cinema Lounge provides local filmmakers with a cool, intimate space to screen their latest work and film enthusiasts a spot to come and see the best indie shorts coming out of Minnesota today. All while enjoying beer, wine, and great food.

The Lounge. Short films. Indie filmmakers. In regular, non-pandemic times, Cinema Lounge is held at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater. Our programmer Valérie Déus curates a lineup of 4-5 locally made shorts (20 minutes or less) per screening. We mix it up with anything and everything: narratives, docs, music videos, animation, and experimental. After each film is screened, you meet the mind(s) behind the film, as host Merit Thursday conducts a short Q+A session with the filmmakers. With our current online edition of Cinema Lounge, you still get to experience live filmmaker interviews with our host between films, ask questions, and post comments.

The Mission: You + Clounge = Sweet Cinematic Bliss. Cinema Lounge provides a venue for filmmakers who normally wouldn’t have a place to screen their work, whether it’s due to a shoestring budget or edgy, alternative content preventing them from finding a home at the local megaplex. Plus, involving the audience with the Q+A allows the filmmakers to get genuine feedback from discerning viewers. Finally, it’s a hangout for filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and anyone to network and meet like-minded folks, possibly forming contacts for future projects.

Interested in showing your work at Cinema Lounge? Here is the submission form!

Valérie Déus (Programmer) Valérie Déus is a poet and film curator. Her work has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Midway, Aforementioned Productions, the St. Paul Almanac, and most recently in The BeZine. Her chapbook, Skull-Filled Sun, is available on Amazon. When she’s not writing, she hosts Project 35, a local low-fi radio show featuring music from all over the diaspora and poetry. She curates FilmNorth’s Cinema Lounge and is the Shorts Programmer for the Provincetown International Film Festival. Photo credit: Eric Mueller

Merit Thursday (Host) is a filmmaker, arts organizer, and avid hobbyist. They are an award-winning experimental filmmaker in the Twin Cities, and was awarded the Audience Award from Altered Esthetics. Merit founded, curates, and hosts a film screening series called Video Variant, which exclusively supports the work of LGBTQIA+ filmmakers in the Twin Cities and metro area. They teach media to a variety of age groups and in a variety of contexts, and are a current COMPAS teaching artist. They are an insatiable biker, baker, and dog lover. Photo credit: Eric Mueller