2016-17 Indie Pop-Up Lens

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.


Best of Enemies
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.

  • October 6 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)


Meet the Patels
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.

  • December 1 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)
  • December 7 at 6:30pm - Grand junction (location details below)


The Bad Kids
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.

  • January 25 at 6:30pm - Grand Junction (location details below)
  • February 2 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)


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.

  • March 2 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)


National Bird
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.

  • April 6 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)
  • April 26 at 6:30pm - Grand Junction (location details below)


Real Boy
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.

  • May 24 at 6:30pm - Grand Junction (location details below)
  • June 1 at 7pm - Colorado Springs (location details below)

2016-17 Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening Locations

Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 East Costilla Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mesa County Library, Community Room
530 Grand Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Durango Discovery Museum
1333 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301

Bud Werner Memorial Library
1289 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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