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Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to view and discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. For more information about Independent Lens, click here.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is proud to serve as a producing partner for the 2016-2017 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening series. See below for upcoming screenings with our community partners. Interested in hosting a screening? Contact Kristen Penczek at kpenczek@mpt.org.

 


2016-2017 Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening Schedule


Meet the Patels

Meet the Patels
By Geeta V. Patel & Ravi Patel

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:00 am
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 

Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents' wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one's life — love. 

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The Bad Kids

The Bad Kids
By Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:00 am
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Baltimore County Public Library Reisterstown Branch
21 Cockeys Mill Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD  21117 
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Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It's their last chance. This coming-of-age story shows how extraordinary educators and talented students combat the crippling effects of poverty. 

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Newtown

 

Newtown
By Kim A. Snyder

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Baltimore County Public Library Reisterstown Branch
21 Cockeys Mill Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Newtown uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant 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.

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National Bird

National Bird
By Sonia Kennebeck

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library
269 Hillsmere Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00 am
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 

National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, 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 through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries. 

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Real Boy

Real Boy
By Shaleece Haas

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Baltimore County Public Library Reisterstown Branch
21 Cockeys Mill Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 am
Mountain Road Community Library
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122 

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.

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By Geeta V. Patel & Ravi Patel


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