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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:

Sat, Feb. 25 @ 2:30pm at The Carbondale Public Library

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. She doesn’t foster false hopes or dreams of unlikely riches. Her philosophy embodies empathy and realism, and given Black Rock’s rising graduation rate, it seems to be working. Her students' lives run the gamut of tragedy: unwanted pregnancies, abuse, homelessness; and unlike other teenagers, they view their high school education as a critical second chance. Most have been deprived of parental love and support, but the attention they receive at Black Rock motivates them to earn their diplomas and begin responsible lives.

The Bad Kids is a day-to-day portrait of Viland’s work and the journeys of several of her students towards graduation and an uncertain future. It is not a story of triumph against all odds — because this isn’t the reality of these students' lives or expectations — but a story of taking achievable steps toward pride and security. Learn more about the film.

Tina Carpenter, Program Director, The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale.

Have you heard about
Communities in Schools?

Communities in Schools is a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve success in life. Learn more about the organization at communitiesinschools.org.


Coming in 2017:

National Bird | Sat, Apr. 29 @ 2:30pm
National Bird follows whistle-blowers 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.

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.


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.