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Indie Lens Screenings by WCTE

Try Harder - Tuesday, April 26th at  6:00 PM CST at Big Tony's Pizzeria (866 E. 10th Street Cookeville, TN 38501)

Join WCTE on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. central for a preview screening of Try Harder followed by a panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Dr. Cephas Ablakwa. 

The event will take place at Big Tony's Pizzeria (866 E. 10th Street Cookeville, TN 38501).

Try Harder! | Official Trailer | Independent Lens | PBS

At Lowell High School, San Francisco’s academic pressure cooker, the kids are stressed out. With a majority Asian American student body, high-achieving seniors share their dreams and anxieties about getting into a top university. But is college worth the grind?

Try Harder premieres Monday, May 2nd on WCTE. Learn more at Official Website: pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/try-harder/

INDEPENDENT LENS is America’s home for independent documentary film. Each week the award-winning series delivers engaging documentaries crafted by the industry’s boldest filmmakers. Independent Lens films have won 19 Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received 10 Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series.

Writing with Fire - Thursday, March 24th at  6:00 PM CST at Harper's Soundstage & Recording Studio (48 W. Broad St. Cookeville, TN 38501)

Join WCTE on Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. central for a preview screening of Writing with Fire followed by a panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Dr. Cephas Ablakwa. 

The event will take place at Harper's Soundstage & Recording Studio (48 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 38501).

In a male-dominated media landscape, the women journalists of India’s all-female Khabar Lahariya (“News Wave”) newspaper risk it all, including their own safety, to cover the country’s political, social, and local news from a women-powered perspective. 

Writing with Fire tells the story of how they went from an underground network to an independent media empire—now with 10 million views on their YouTube site—defying the odds to redefine power.

Writing with Fire premieres Monday, March 28th on WCTE. Learn more at Official Website: pbs.org/writingwithfire

INDEPENDENT LENS is America’s home for independent documentary film. Each week the award-winning series delivers engaging documentaries crafted by the industry’s boldest filmmakers. Independent Lens films have won 19 Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received 10 Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series.

Apart Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, February 15th at 6:00 PM CST at Big Tony's Pizza (866 E. 10th St. Cookeville, TN 38501)

Join WCTE on Tuesday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. central for a preview screening of Apart followed by a panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Dr. Cephas Ablakwa. 

The event will take place at Big Tony's Pizza (866 E 10th St, Cookeville, TN 38501).

Apart | Official Trailer | Independent Lens | PBS

Since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers. 

Apart tells the stories of three unforgettable formerly incarcerated mothers, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them "felons"—to readjust to life with their families.

Apart premieres Monday, February 21 on WCTE. Learn more at
Official Website: pbs.org/apart | #ApartPBS 

INDEPENDENT LENS is America’s home for independent documentary film. Each week the award-winning series delivers engaging documentaries crafted by the industry’s boldest filmmakers. Independent Lens films have won 19 Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received 10 Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series.

Missing in Brooks County Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00 PM

Join WCTE on Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. central for a preview screening of Missing in Brooks County followed by a panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Dr. Cephas Ablakwa. The event will take place at Big Tony's Pizza (866 E 10th St, Cookeville, TN 38501).

Eddie Canales runs the South Texas Human Rights Center, but the messages that strangers leave on Eddie’s phone speak to his unofficial role as a private detective. In a rural community where more migrants go missing than anywhere else in the United States, families of lost loved ones call for help. Omar and Michelle reach out for help finding Omar’s brother Homero Roman, a longtime but undocumented U.S. resident who was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop at age 27. Struggling to adjust in an unfamiliar country, Homero eventually tried to return to his home of two decades. He disappeared in Brooks County. Follow Eddie as he engages with border patrol agents to unlock the mysteries and confront the agonizing facts of life and death in a South Texas town many miles north of the border.

Storm Lake Virtual Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM CST

Thank you to those who joined us on November 9th for our screening and panel discussion. 

 

A very special Thank You to our panelists:  Jay Albrecht- former community newspaper owner & publisher, Lindsay Pride- editor for the Herald-Citizen, and Jack McNeely- group publisher for Walls Newspapers. For those who missed it, you can watch the recording of the panel discussion here. Tune into WCTE PBS on November 15, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. to watch Storm Lake

Does American democracy survive without the backbone of independent local journalism? Go inside The Storm Lake Times, a family-run newspaper serving an Iowa town that has seen its share of changes in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to the area. Pulitzer-winning editor Art Cullen and his team dedicate themselves to keeping the paper alive as local journalism across the country dies out. 

WCTE Storm Lake Panel Discussion

The Donut King Virtual Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, May 11th at 6:00 PM CST

Online screening and panel discussion on May 11th at 6:00 PM CST. In 1975, Ted Ngoy, “The Donut King,” arrived in the United States, by way of Camp Pendleton, as a refugee escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. At the start of his new American life, Ngoy parlayed opportunity and hard work into the purchase of his first donut shop in Orange County, California. The success of the donut shop allowed for the opening of new locations, and the ability to extend a helping hand to fellow Cambodian refugees.

WCTE's Live Panel Discussion The Donut King

Philly D.A. Virtual Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, April 6th at 6:00 PM CST

Philly D.A. Live Panel Discussion

In 2017, Philadelphia had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long shot campaign to become District Attorney—and won—he pledged to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. With unprecedented access to Krasner’s office, Philly D.A. explores over the course of eight episodes the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of one man attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.

Coded Bias Virtual Screening & Live Panel Discussion - Tuesday, March 9th at 6:00 PM CST

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and WCTE- Central TN PBS present a virtual screening of Coded Bias, a troubling investigation into the algorithms that shape our lives. Join award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya as she embarks on an investigation that uncovers widespread bias in the algorithms that shape the technology powering our lives. While conducting research on facial recognition technology at the M.I.T. Media Lab, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini made the startling discovery that the algorithm could not detect dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy. This troubling realization prompted Buolamwini to start the Algorithmic Justice League, a group of pioneering women who uncover the underlying biases in the technology that threaten our democracy.

Coded Bias - WCTE's Live Panel Discussion

Mr. SOUL! FREE Virtual Screening - Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 PM CST

Mr SOUL! - WCTE's Live Panel Discussion

Dr. Cephas Ablakwa hosts a live panel discussion with Mr. Mark Burnett and Dr. Krystal Akehinmi following the virtual screening of Mr. SOUL! In 1968, America’s first Black variety show, “SOUL!,” helmed by producer and host Ellis Haizlip, premiered on public television. The pioneering series ran for five years, cementing itself as not only a vehicle to celebrate African American artistry, community

In 1968, America’s first Black variety show, “SOUL!,” helmed by producer and host Ellis Haizlip, premiered on public television. The pioneering series ran for five years, cementing itself as not only a vehicle to celebrate African American artistry, community, and culture but also as a platform for political expression and a powerful force in the fight for social justice. Mr. SOUL! portrays in exquisite detail a revolutionary time in American culture and entertainment through vibrant archival footage and interviews with numerous Black luminaries who appeared on “SOUL!,” or were impacted by it.

While chronicling the journey of “SOUL!,” Mr. SOUL! recounts the life and contributions of the late Haizlip, who was steeped in the New York City arts community prior to creating the show. Ellis quickly stepped into the role of host of his creation, where his earnest demeanor, low-key interviewing style, and his passion for the Black artistic community and their works—including books, the spoken word, music, film, and dance—culminated in a show that depicted the Black experience in a bold and unapologetic way.

9 to 5: The Story of a Movement

FREE Virtual Screening - Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00 PM CST

They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing—they organized.


9to5: The Story of a Movement captures the real-life fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace forever. What might we learn from the 9to5 movement? How can it inspire workers today?

Join audiences nationwide on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 for a virtual Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of9to5: The Story of a Movement featuring opening remarks by director Julia Reichert and secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Elizabeth H. Shuler, and a post-screening panel with Karen Nussbaum, founding director of 9to5, District 925, SEIU, and Working America; Valarie Long, International Executive Vice President of SEIU; and a worker leader from Fight for $15.

9to5: The Story of a Movement | Independent Lens | PBS

Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

FREE Virtual Screening - November 12th at 7:00 PM CST


Solar energy evangelist and “Property Brother” Jonathan Scott journeys all across the U.S. to uncover why clean, renewable energy isn’t available to all. While traveling to learn both the obstacles and opportunities for achieving energy freedom, Jonathan talks with conservatives fighting for solar freedom; sits down with farmers struggling to make ends meet; engages coal workers desperate for a new, healthy means of making an income; the Navajo Nation who built a utility-scale solar plant; religious leaders who made a desperate attempt to help meet their community’s energy needs; and politicians at the forefront of the battle for energy freedom.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

He gave us the most precious gift of all: the courage to be kind.

For over thirty years, American children grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. Mister Rogers offered a calm and stable presence, tackling life's weightiest issues in a simple, direct way. Won't You Be My Neighbor? reflects on Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness, and the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions of children.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

A fiercely intelligent, radical activist who became a fabulously wealthy recluse in her later years, Marion Stokes was dedicated to furthering and protecting the truth — so much so that she recorded American television 24 hours a day for over 30 years. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project peels back the curtain on her life, through a mix of Stokes’ own archive of recordings and interviews with those who knew her best.

Eating Up Easter

More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade.

Always in Season

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
@ TTU Backdoor Playhouse
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, the film examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today.

Address: 805 Quadrangle Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505

Bedlam

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
@ TTU Backdoor Playhouse
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Haunted by the death of a mentally ill sister, filmmaker and psychiatrist, Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

Address: 805 Quadrangle Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505

The First Rainbow Coalition

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
@ TTU Backdoor Playhouse
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multi-ethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960's Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians.

Address: 805 Quadrangle Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505


About Indie 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. Can't attend in-person? Check the screening schedule for information on our online Pop-Up events.

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