ABOUT THE PROJECT: Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries 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.
Check back frequently for an updated list of screening dates.

Upcoming Film Screening:

National Bird
Sat, Apr. 29 @ 2:30pm at The Carbondale Public Library

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home. Learn more about this program at and at

ATTENTION: National Bird is a film about the impact of war. It includes scenes that could be upsetting for some of your audience members, especially those who have experienced trauma, including veterans and refugees.

To be announced.

Support Resources for
National Bird

Amnesty International,
Action for a Progressive Future
Council on American-Islamic Relations

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Coming in 2017:

Real Boy | Sat, Jun. 17 @ 2:30pm
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.


The Bad Kids | February 2017

On any day at Black Rock High, "Pomp and Circumstance" might echo in the hallway, and a new graduate will march through a column of cheering kids whose pride and camaraderie are more than palpable. A diploma here is a momentous achievement. Principal Vonda Viland runs Black Rock Continuation High like a one-room schoolhouse. She knows the names and lives of each of her students and coaches them tirelessly through every stage of their journey. Tina Carpenter, Program Director, The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale lead the discussion for this event. Learn more about this film.

Best of Enemies | November 2016

Best of Enemies explores the legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. Their belligerent disputes defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle. Members of the award-winning SIU Debate Team, Arielle Stephenson and Zach Moss, made connections between the historic debates depicted in the film and our local experiences during this election season. Learn more about the film.

Autism in Love by Matt Fuller | November 2015

Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship — communication and social interaction. Filmed in a highly personal style, Matt Fuller’s Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. Learn more about the film.

In Football We Trust
by Tony Vainukka & Erika Cohn | January 2016

In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future. Discussion moderators for the local screening were Bryan Lee, Football Coach at Carbondale Community High School, and Kathy Renfro, Director of the Carbondale Park District.  Learn more about the film.

black panthersThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson | February 2016

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again. Learn more about the film.

Peace Officer by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber |  April 2016

The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who's been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah's first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings. Learn more about this film.

Questions about Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings at the Carbondale Public Library may be directed to (618) 457-0345.
Call (618) 453-5595 for questions about the programs, outreach activities or resources associated with the film.