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 discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

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Real Boy

 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Movie starts at 4 p.m., discussion follows
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library, 5148 Market St.
 
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.

Meet the Patels

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Movie starts at 5:30 p.m., discussion follows
Skyline Hills Branch Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Road
 
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.

Bad Kids

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Movie starts at 2 p.m., discussion follows
Skyline Hills Branch Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Road
 
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 combatting the crippling effects of poverty.

 


Newtown

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Movie starts at 2 p.m., discussion follows
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library, 5148 Market St.
 
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.

 


National Bird

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Movie starts at 2 p.m., discussion follows
Skyline Hills Branch Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Road
 
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.