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Indie Lens Pop-Up documentary film series

Panhandle PBS and Independent Lens will host the 2019-20 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 Panhandle PBS.

The screenings are free, and each will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Amarillo-area experts, community leaders and more.

This season’s films are centered around the question: What’s your vision for your neighborhood? As communities experience increased polarization and division, Indie Lens Pop-Up events provide a gathering place to watch and discuss Independent Lens documentaries at hundreds of events hosted by partners across the nation. 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 2019-20 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes six new documentaries that present diverse communities who have come together around complex and challenging issues.

2019-20 Indie Lens Pop-Up Season

Film 6: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Marion Stokes recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years — capturing revolutions, lies and wars that tell us who we were and how the media shaped the world of today.

Screening RSVP details:

June 16, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Free online film screening and discussion using OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.) RSVP here

Full event description:

Join Panhandle PBS and Amarillo College's Matney Mass Media Program for an online film screening of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 p.m. RSVP online at

Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day for 30 years, from 1975 until her death in 2012. The Philadelphia-based activist believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would one day be invaluable, protecting the truth by chronicling everything that was said and shown on television. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, and her son reflects back on his fractured, fascinating relationship with this complicated and wealthy mother. Now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized for future generations, giving us all an eye-opening glimpse into how television shaped, and continues to shape, our world.

Support for this event is provided by ITVS, PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health, and Friends Interested in Literary Movies. For more information call 806-371-5479.


Film 1: Decade of Fire

In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx. Meet the brave citizens who outlasted the flames and rebuilt their community.

Screening details:

6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Amarillo Public Library Downtown Branch, 413 S.E. Fourth Ave.

Panelists: Victor Arroyo (San Jacinto Neighborhood Planning Committee), Mildred Darton (North Heights Advisory Association) and David Rosas (Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee)

Film 2: The First Rainbow Coalition

Chart the history and enduring legacy of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s.

Screening details:

6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Alamo Tree Center, 1502 S. Cleveland St.

Panelists: Floyd Anthony (Amarillo NAACP Branch), Teresa Kenedy (Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee), Mercy Murguia (Potter County Commissioner Pct. 2)

Film 3: Always in Season

A mother's search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a century of lynching Black Americans bleeds into the present.

Screening details:

6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Amarillo College West Campus Auditorium, 6222 S.W. Ninth Ave.

Panelists: Tim Bowman (West Texas A&M University), David Lovejoy (Amarillo NAACP Branch), Patrick Miller (Amarillo College Board of Regents)

Film 4: Bedlam

Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to tell intimate stories behind our national mental health crisis.

Screening details:

6:30 p.m. April 12th, Free online film screening and discussion. RSVP here using OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.)

Take part from the safety and comfort of your own home. Watch and engage around Bedlam with people from across the country using this platform created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Film 5: Eating Up Easter

Threatened by climate change and globalization, remote Easter Island provides a wake-up call for the rest of the world.

Screening RSVP details:

May 26, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Free online film screening and discussion. RSVP using OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience):

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