ITVS Indie Lens Pop-Up is back!
February marks the launch of the new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the neighborhood screening series presented by ITVS and WHUT that brings people together for community-driven conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series.
Indie Lens Pop-Up brings viewers, leaders, and organizations together for conversations sparked through sneak previews of documentaries, strengthening the bond between local communities and the Independent Lens television series broadcast on WHUT. Over the past decade, over 6,150 Indie Lens Pop-Up events have brought more than 356,000 participants together to discuss issues that impact local communities. The screening series broke all attendance records last season with Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers, which drew 13,000 attendees to over 100 events. This marks the 10th year of the film series at Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place for food, arts, culture and politics.
“Independent Lens is thrilled to partner with WHUT and the DC series partners to present Indie Lens Pop-Up in Washington, DC,” said Duong-Chi Do, Director of Engagement & Impact at ITVS. “Our partners are at the heart of the program, and their impactful community work helps to serve our mission of bringing untold stories that have the power to engender positive social change to diverse and underserved audiences.”
The new season kicks off Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm with The Bad Kids a film by Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton, at Busboys and Poets at 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Film followed by a discussion on “Self Care for the Caring Teacher”. There’s no admission for Indie Lens Pop-Up but Reservations are requested.
About: The Bad Kids: 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 extraordinary educators and talented students combat the crippling effects of poverty.