Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features films seen on PBS's Independent Lens, draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most - from newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more.


I Am Not Your Negro

Join us Sun, November 19 @ 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library
for a free hour-long screening of the Independent Lens film,
I Am Not Your Negro, written and directed by Raoul Peck.
Stick around after the screening for a discussion.


In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called ͚Remember This House.͛The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin͛s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin͛s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material.I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Learn more.


To Be Announced.



Tell Them We Are Rising
Sun, Feb. 11 at 2:30pm

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. Stanley Nelson's film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. Learn more.

Sun, Mar. 25 at 2:30pm

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Learn more.

Photo: Dolores Huerta press conference -1975.
Credit: Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs Wayne State University.


Chasing Trane
by John Scheinfeld

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld, Chasing Trane is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day. Chasing Trane features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of this film), along with hundreds of rare photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. Learn more about the screening. Get details about the film.

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