Indie Lens Pop-up 2016-17

Screenings are free &

open to the public at the PBS HAWAI space!

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking & PBS Hawaiʻi have partnered on Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.


Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series, 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. 

Stay tuned for the new season!

A recent article came out in Variety that highlights the upcoming season of Independent Lens.  If you would like to know more about the films, please click here!

2016-2017 films

Real Boy
By Shaleece Haas
Screening: June 6, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm

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.


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About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit Join the conversation on Facebook and on Twitter @IndependentLens

Best of Enemies
By Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
Screening October 26, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm


Best of Enemies captures the legendary 1968 debates between two famed intellectuals and ideological opposites: leftist Gore Vidal and neoconservative William F. Buckley. Their televised sparring shaped a new era of public discourse in the media, demarcating the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle.

Post screening conversation facilitated by Professor Mike Shapiro.

Light refreshment served.

Meet the Patels
By Geeta V. Patel & Ravi Patel
Screening: December 1, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm


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.

The Bad Kids
By Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe
Screening: February 7, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm

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 combat the crippling effects of poverty.


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By Kim A. Snyder
Screening: March 14, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm


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.

Screening followed by Q&A with Kim A. Snyder


315 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, HI 96819-2295

Post-screening Q+A video

National Bird
By Sonia Kennebeck
Screening: April 4, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm


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.


315 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, HI 96819-2295

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