The Indie Lens Pop-Up! series presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Indie Lens Pop-Up! creates real and lasting change — both at home and around the world.
Indie Lens Pop-Up! celebrates more than 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Indie Lens Pop-Up! presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens.
Events are free and open to the public.
Screening will now be held at:
Mesa Public Library- Main Branch
64 E 1st St
The Bad Kids
By Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton
At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give understated students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids."
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 2PM
By Sonia Kennebeck
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. veterans. Tortured 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.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 2PM
By Shaleece Haas
Real Boy is the coming of age story of Bennett Wallace Gwizdalski, a charismatic 19-year-old with dreams of musical stardom. The film follows Bennett through the first two years of his gender transition from female to male as he grapples with newfound sobriety, struggles to repair a strained relationship with his mother, and seeks support and mentorship from his musical hero, the well-known transgender folk singer, Joe Stevens. As Bennett grows from a troubled teen to a confident your man, we also see changes in those closest to him. His mentor, Hoe, who supports Bennett when his mother cannot, later relapses into active addiction and shakes the foundation of their mentor-mentee relationship. Bennett's mother, Suzy, works through her shame and confusion to embrace and celebrate her son. And as Bennett matures and his relationships shift, he chronicles his process in his music, writing raw and undeniably catchy songs, which are woven throughout the film. Real Boy is an unexpected story about growing up transgender. Ultimately, this is not a film about a girl becoming a boy. Instead, it's a film about a young person overcoming addiction and finding his voice- as a friend, a son, a musician, and a man.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 2PM