Indie Lens Pop-Up (formerly knowns as Community Cinema) is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between October and July, Indie Lens Pop-Up brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Basin PBS is proud to be a part of the groundbreaking community engagement opportunity and to bring it to our loyal viewers and members.

See the screening calendar below, including a brief description of each program. All Indie Lens Pop-Up events are FREE and open to the public and media.

Indie Lens Pop-Up: Real Boy


Join Basin PBS for our final Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of this season!

Join us as we preview and discuss: Real Boy. A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on Independent Lens Monday, June 19, 2017 but you can preview this film early, with us!

Tuesday, May 23
Ector County Library

RSVP HERE for this free event!
Join us as we preview this film, followed by a panel discussion.

Panel members include:

Indie Lens Pop-Up: National Bird

Join Basin PBS for our next Indie Lens Pop-Up when we preview and discuss: 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.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland
3301 Neely

Panel includes:

Scott Jimenez, MDiv, DMin, BCC - Staff Chaplin, West Texas Veterans Health Care System

Alicia Lovelady Miller, LCSW - Midland Vet Center

Major Jeffery Couler - U.S. Army (ret.)

Pat Canty (moderator) - Publisher, Odessa American

Midland High School AFJROTC will present colors
National Anthem will be sung by Teresa Vires, U.S. Marine

RSVP NOW for this FREE event.

Indie Lens Pop-Up: TOWER

Basin PBS invites you to a bonus addition to our 2016-2017 #IndieLens Pop-Up series. Join us for the screening and panel discussion of TOWER. Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. “Tower” reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years.

Tuesday, February 28
Trinity School, in the Commons

Panel includes:

The event is FREE but we'd like to know you are coming.
RSVP coming soon

Contribute to this special addition to our Indie Lens Pop-Up season here.

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#IndieLens Pop-Up: The Bad Kids

Join Basin PBS for our next #IndieLens Pop-Up Screening and panel discussion of 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.

Tuesday, January 24
Ector County Library

Panel includes:
Kay Crites - Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Eliseo Eliondo - Executive Director, Communities in Schools

Hilda Sanchez - Program Director, Communities in Schools

Mary Janousek - MISD Dropout Prevention & Intervention Coordinator

Charles Quintela, Paul Roman - Principal/Vice Principal, Alternative Education Center, Odessa

The event is FREE but we'd like to know you are coming.
RSVP here

Best of Enemies

Join Basin PBS for our next #IndieLens Pop-Up Screening and panel discussion of Best of Enemies which 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. 

Tuesday, October 25
Midland Shared Spaces

Panel includes:


The event is FREE but we'd like to know you are coming.
RSVP here