National Screening Series Offers Sneak Previews and Discussions
of Independent Lens Documentaries
(Honolulu, HI) – [September, 2018] – Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking and Independent Lens announced today the launch of the new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around documentaries from the award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens on PBS Hawaiʻi. Over the past decade, nearly 6,500 Indie Lens Pop-Up events have brought an estimated 370,000 participants together to discuss issues that impact local communities.
The 2018-19 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes six new documentaries that take viewers inside diverse communities across the nation, from Maine, where the first government-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. examines the shattering effects of family separation on Native American communities (Dawnland), to Huntsville, Alabama, for the inspiring coming-of-age portrait of a young wrestling team (Wrestle), to rural New Mexico, where the struggles of three health care providers frequently echo those of their patients (The Providers), and to Hollywood, California and beyond, where the electrifying history of the Indigenous influence in popular music is uncovered (RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World). Other films reveal the incredible legacy of Fred Rogers on the lives of families and children (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) and go inside Baltimore to explore the effects of three years of unparalleled violence (Charm City).
Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking is proud to launch our 7th season of being an Indie Lens Pop-Up partner. Our work with this program has provided a unique space for community members of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to come together and watch films from the award-winning Independent Lens series and engage in conversations on issues that are at the center of American life.
Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking will be working in collaboration with local partners and leaders, such as PBS Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi People's Fund and Impact Hub HNL, to explore issues rarely seen on the big screen and create Indie Lens Pop-Up events that will spark conversation and connect people to resources in our community.
Below is the Indie Lens Pop-Up 2018-2019 lineup.
Dawnland by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
Dawnland tells the story of the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With intimate access to this groundbreaking process, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
Date & Time: Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
Rumble brings to light a profound and missing chapter 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 Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, Rumble shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
Date & Time: Wednesday January 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
The Providers by Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three “country doctors” in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.
Date & Time: Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Charm City by Marilyn Ness
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.
Date & Time: Wednesday April 10, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Wrestle by Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer
Wrestle is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the state championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South.
Date & Time: Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
About 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 the PBS Independent Lens series, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.
About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.
About Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking
Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking is a feminist nonprofit organization committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking. By providing access to a broad network of resources, education, leadership, and support, we create the conditions for women and girls to express themselves through the medium of film; raise awareness and visibility of women's and girls' work in film; and promote a diverse and positive representation of girls and women in media.
About PBS Hawaiʻi
PBS Hawai‘i is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawai‘i’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i to the world.
About Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund
Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a safe space for grassroots organizers and advocates of social change to convene, gather, and empower each other through network building and solidarity in our collective quest for social and economic justice. Funds raised through donor support and various fundraising activities throughout the year are redistributed to grassroots organizations through a community-driven and informed process.
About Impact Hub HNL
Impact Hub HNL is a gathering space for building community and making impact. We offer collaborative coworking, office, meeting and event space for all types of professionals and entrepreneurs.