Indie Lens Pop-Up

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.


  • Philly D.A. - Virtual (April 28, 2021)

In 2017, Philadelphia had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a longshot campaign to be come District Attorney—and won—he pledged to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. With unprecedented access to Krasner’s office, Philly D.A. explores over the course of eight episodes the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of one man attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.


  • Coded Bias - Virtual (March 31, 2021)

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial - recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence(AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.


  • Mr. SOUL! - Virtual (February 24, 2021)

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to provide expanded images of Black Americans on television and recognize the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful TV shows in U.S. history. With participants’ recollections and archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. Panelists include Dr. Tani Sanchez, of University of Arizona, Dr. Jacqueline Trimble of Alabama State and Cornelius Moore of California Newsreel.


  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement- Virtual (February 4, 2021)

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the professional fate of American women. Parton was singing the autobiographical tale of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.


  • Eating Up Easter  –  Venue: Virtual (June 2, 2020)

More than just a picture postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that rakes in money, but brings about a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on the island. Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu gives voice to his fellow islanders, who struggle to balance their strong cultural heritage with modern-day challenges.


  • Always in Season  –  Venue: Burton Barr Library (February 4, 2020) 

In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, Always in Season examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today.


  • Charm City  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (April 18, 2019)

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future. In partnership with PBS Independent Lens.


  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (April 4, 2019)

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers was beamed daily into homes across America where he and his cast of puppets and friends spoke simply and directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. There wasn't anything like Mr. Rogers on TV before and there hasn’t been since. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on Rogers’ radical legacy of love and kindness. We welcome you to take this as an opportunity to spread kindness by bringing a men's sweater or pair of shoes to this screening as a donation to our homeless outreach efforts.


  • The Providers  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (March 28, 2019)Service Saturday Details

The Providers follows three healthcare providers working at El Centro, a small group of safety-net clinics in northern New Mexico. Amidst personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. In partnership with PBS Independent Lens.


  • RUMBLE  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (January 23, 2019)

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light a profound and missing chapeter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Roberston, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, RUMBLE shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.


  • Dawnland  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (November 1, 2018)

In partnership with PBS, Dawnland is about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.


  • Wendell Berry’s Kentucky  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (March 29, 2018)

A portrait of the changing landscapes and values of rural America through the eye of award-winning writer Wendell Berry.


  • Dolores  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (March 1, 2018)

Documentary on the life and struggles of Dolores Huerta.


  • Tell Them We are Rising  The Story of Black Colleges and Universities  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (January 25, 2018)

The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the Civil War and influenced the course of our nation. 


  • I am Not Your Negro  –  Venue: Tempe History Museum (November 30, 2017)

One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical up-to-the-minute examination of race in America using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material. A PBS Partnership with Independent Lens.


National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war, which has been waged globally for more than a decade. The film, executive produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders, gives rare insight into the program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, to explore the complexities of drone warfare from a human perspective.


  • The Bad Kids – Venue: Burton Barr Library (March 14, 2017)

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 combating the crippling effects of poverty.


  • Meet the Patels –  Venue: Burton Barr Central Library (November 28, 2016)

Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy. Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one's life — love.


  • Peace Officer –  Venue: Burton Barr Library (April 12, 2016)

William “Dub” Lawrence was a former sheriff who established and trained one of Utah's first SWAT teams, only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law in a controversial standoff years later. In Peace Officer, Dub, driven by an obsessive sense of mission, uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of police investigations nationwide.


  • The Black Panthers –  Venue: Burton Barr Library (February 16, 2016)

In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.  


  • In Football We Trust–  Venue: ASU Memorial Union Pima Auditorium (January 26, 2016)

In Football We Trust transports viewers deep inside the tightly knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, one of the chief sources of the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. Shot over a four-year period with intimate access, the film follows four young men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.


  • Autism in Love  –  Venue: First Congregational United Church of Christ ( January 7, 2016) 

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.