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Announcing the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series

February 9, 2017

Ever watched a documentary on the big screen and found yourself ruminating about the issues it uncovered? If you want to watch movies that matter, then join TPT at our Indie Lens Pop-Up series, where you can attend free screenings of Independent Lens documentaries, coupled with post-film discussions guided by experts on the important issues portrayed in each film.

In other words, these screenings are the perfect opportunity to make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. 

On February 23, we’re hosting a screening and panel discussion of The Bad Kids, a film about teens attending an alternative high school in California. This coming-of-age story revolves around the extraordinary educators and talented students who are combatting the crippling effects of poverty. RSVP now.

This event is only the beginning. Mark your calendars and check back for more info about additional events. 

Indie Lens Pop Up: The Bad Kids
Every student at Black Rock Continuation High School has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. But tireless Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who were deemed lost causes by the system. Powerful and inspiring, The Bad Kids follows Viland and her staff over a year as they coach at-risk teens with compassion, respect, and a seemingly endless supply of patience. Watch the trailer.
Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Indie Lens Pop-Up: Newtown
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, the deadliest school shooting in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.
Thursday, March 30 – RSVP TODAY
Indie Lens Pop-Up: National Bird
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: The secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. Plagued by guilt over the killing of faceless people in foreign countries and suffering from PTSD, the veterans decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.
Tuesday, April 25 – CHECK BACK FOR RSVP INFO
Indie Lens Pop-Up: Real Boy
Real Boy is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.

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