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.

2019 - 2020 Season
The First Rainbow Coalition | Dec. 12, 2019
Always In Season | Feb. 6, 2020
Bedlam | April 9, 2020
Eating Up Easter | May 7, 2020

Can't attend in-person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

Supported in part by
MSU ComArtSci Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

The First Rainbow Coalition | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Nov 25, 2019
Indie Lens Pop-Up First Rainbow Coalition
Indie Lens Pop-Up

7pm THU. DEC. 12 at WKAR | The new film charts the legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic alliance that changed the face of 1960s politics. Join the conversation!

Charm City | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Apr 23, 2019
Courtesy of Andre Lambertson / PBS-Independent Lens

FREE – Thu. May 9, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation. RESERVE SEATS HERE

Fred Rogers
Jim Judkis / PBS-Independent Lens

FREE – Thu. Apr. 18, 7pm at WKAR | Take part in the Great Big Book Drive, and view a special screening and join the conversation on America's most beloved neighbor: Mister Rogers. | ALL SEATS ARE FILLED

The Providers | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Mar 5, 2019
Courtesy / PBS-Independent Lens

FREE – Thu. Mar. 21, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation on how providers work to reach Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare. RESERVE SEATS HERE

Link Wray with guitar on purple background.
Courtesy of Bruce Steinberg, courtesy of LinkWray.com / Independent Lens

FREE – Thu. Dec. 6, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation on an electrifying look at native american influence in popular music. RESERVE SEATS HERE 

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky
Indepdent Lens / WKAR-MSU

FREE – Wed. Apr. 11, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation. RESERVE SEATS HERE

Dolores | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Feb 9, 2018
United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in Coachella, CA 1969. 'Dolores' Premieres March 27 on WKAR-TV.
Courtesy of © 1976 George Ballis / Take Stock / The Image Works / PBS

FREE Tue. Feb. 27, 7pm at WKAR Studio A | View a special screening and join the conversation! SOLD OUT | WATCH LIVE: Dolores - Conversation and Q & A 

Tell Them We Are Rising | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Jan 29, 2018
Recent graduates of Morgan State University, Maryland.
Courtesy of Morgan State University / PBS

FREE Thu. Feb. 8, 7pm at WKAR Studio A | View a special screening and join the conversation!  RESERVE SEATS HERE

I Am Not Your Negro | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Nov 30, 2017

FREE – Thu. Dec. 14, 7pm at WKAR | View a special screening and join the conversation. 

UPDATE: ALL SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED.

There are often no-shows for any event. Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis after guests with tickets are seated.

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APR 20 | National Bird | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Apr 11, 2017
National Image: Title Image
Courtesy / Independent Lens - PBS

FREE – Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on how three courageous whistleblowers break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war. RESERVE SEATS HERE

March 2 | The Bad Kids | Indie Lens Pop-Up

Feb 16, 2017
Girl and baby
Courtesy of Low Key Pictures / Indie Lens Pop-UP

FREE – Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on how an alternative high school offers at-risk students one last chance for a diploma. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Indie Lens Pop-Up: Meet the Patels
Courtesy / Indie Lens Pop-Up

FREE – Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. | Watch the film and join the conversation on the true-life romantic comedy about an Indian American’s search for love with the help of his enormous extended family.

Independent Lens / WKAR-MSU

FREE – Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. | View the film and join the conversation on coming-of-age story of boxing star Claressa “T- Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan. RESERVE SEATS HERE

Peace Officer
Courtesy of Brad Barber / WKAR-MSU

FREE – Thursday, April 28 , at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation on the rising questions about the dangers of increased militarization of American police.  | RESERVE SEATS HERE 

WKAR had a large turnout for its recent Indie Lens Pop-Up Event featuring a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.  

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