Indie Lens Pop-Up Virtual Screenings

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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 and social issues, to family and community relationships.

Join one of our local partners. including the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s Multicultural Center for film screenings and community-driven conversations featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens at Indie Lens Pop-Up. 

COVID-19 is impacting our nation. Due to the crisis, our local partners, alongside ITVS will be hosting digital only screenings and virtual events. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

All screenings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Virtual Screenings

The Donut King

The Donut King tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself—and hundreds of other immigrant families—by baking America’s favorite pastry and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire of donut shops.

Virtual Screening of The Donut King
Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m.
LIVE Virtual Event via OVEE
RVSP Required – Register here.

Past Virtual Screenings

Philly D.A.

On Thursday, April 14, 2021, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, we came together to preview and discuss Philly D.A. promise to use the power of the District Attorney’s office for sweeping reform is what got civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected. Now, that stubborn idealism threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most. Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A. and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.

Mr. Soul

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, we came together to celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared Black culture with the nation, with a special virtual screening, as part of Black History month. Discussion was lively during the film, and 22 students and community members joined us for the showing.

Coded Bias

On Tuesday, February 23, we again partnered with UAA to host a screening in celebration of Black History month. This time for Coded Bias, in which MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that the majority of facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces. She then embarks on an investigation that uncovers widespread bias lurking in the algorithms that shape the technology powering our lives. 44 students and community members were in attendance, and 36 of them stayed for a panel of educators who discussed the history, meaning, and implications of the facts and issues the film touched on.

Panelists: Joe Selmont, Director, UAA Summer Engineering Academies; Dr. Joel Potter, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UAA; Dr. Kenrick Mock, Professor of Computer Science and Interim Dean of the UAA College of Engineering; Dr. Jocasta G. Olp, Clinical Product Manager for CareSource and Diversity Coordinator for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

9to5: The Story of a Movement

For the third Indie Lens screening of the season, we chose March 1st to kick off Women’s History month with 9to5: The Story of a Movement, which goes inside the inspiring movement for women’s workplace equality in the 1970s. Started by a group of Boston secretaries, the 9to5 cause used humor to attract press attention and shame bosses into giving better pay and ending sexual harassment. 14 community members were in attendance and the full film was shown.

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