Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Festival

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people of diverse communities together for FREE film screenings and conversations.

Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent lens, Indie lens Pop-UP brings local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.  We screened several Indie Lens Pop-Up films in 2017.  After each exclusive FREE screening, we hosted a thought-provoking dialogue to build bridges of understanding between diverse communities. Our panelists have included leading experts, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, community leaders, elected officials, visionaries and advocates. We invite you to review the film offerings below. All of the 2017 films are now concluded.

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Here are the films we presented in 2017:

Real Boy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

6:30PM FREE film screening followed by panel discussion

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Real Boy ” by Shaleece Haas is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace Gwizdalski, a charismatic 19-year-old with dreams of musical stardom.  The film follows Bennett through the first two years of his gender transition from female to male as he grapples with newfound sobriety,  struggles to repair a strained relationship with his mother, and seeks support and mentorship from his musical hero, the transgender folk singer Joe Stevens. “Real Boy” explores Bennett’s transition as part of the Museum’s PRIDE month celebration. A panel discussion follows the FREE film screening.

The panel discussion will feature:

Michele Angello Clinical Sexologist and Gender Specialist
Eli Vandenberg  Artist
Heath Fogg Davis Moderator, Author

 

Best and Most Beautiful Things

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6:30PM FREE film screening followed by panel discussion

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“Best and Most Beautiful Things ” by Garrett Zevgetis is the story of a young woman named Michelle Smith.  Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind, and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Searching for connection, she explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative sex-positive community. Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery is a celebration of outcasts everywhere. This event is part of One Book, One Philadelphia.  A panel discussion with Garrett, Michelle, and others follows the FREE film screening.

 

The Bad Kids

Thursday, February 2, 2017

5:30PM VIP Reception, $25.  Free for Museum MEMBERS.
6:30PM FREE film screening followed by panel discussion

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The Bad Kids ” by Lou Pepe and Keth Fulton is the story of Black Rock Continuation High School, an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out, located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community. The extraordinary educators at this school believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give under-served students command of their own futures. A panel discussion follows the FREE film screening.

 

Indie Lens Pop Up Film

Meet the Patels

Thursday, December 1, 2016

5:30PM VIP Reception, $25.  Free for Museum MEMBERS.
6:30PM FREE film screening followed by panel discussion

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Meet the Patels” is the story of almost-30 and still-single Ravie Patel, and his tradition-minded Hindu family. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravie enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. “Meet the Patels” explores the influences of culture and identity on the most important parts of one’s life – love, marriage, and family.  It makes keen observations on the unexpected complications that American freedoms can bring to immigrant lives. Panel discussion follows film screening, moderated by Dr. Fariha Khan, Associate Director, Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

An evening with 94WIP hosts
Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow

Join us on Tuesday evening, July 18, when Ray and Glen present the greatest sports movie clips of all time, focusing on the theme of “overcoming adversity.” Special guests include St. Joe’s Hawks Head Basketball Coach Phil Martelli; Flyers Great Brian Propp; and Voice of the Eagles & Philadelphia Legend Merrill Reese. Food, craft beer, spirits, and a live auction of sports memorabilia. Learn more and buy your tickets here.

Pride Month at NLM

During Pride Month (June 1-30, 2017), we are celebrating heroes in the LGBTQ+ community through highlighted exhibits and special events all month long. When you visit NLM, you’ll learn the stories of those who pushed for progress while helping to support programming that preserves freedom and equality for generations to come. Click here to learn more.

TD Bank Young Heroes Awards... Nominate someone today!

Each year, we look for young people who have championed liberty through civic engagement, resolving conflicts respectfully, promoting diversity, and demonstrating leadership in their school or community. Nominations for our 2017 TD Bank Young Heroes Award have been extended to July 7. Learn more and submit your nomination today!

Transparency,
An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition

Opened on Friday, June 2 to coincide with “LGBT Pride Month,” this is the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBT+ community. It showcases the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these artists. The work shown here by Pearl Dick is among dozens of works on display. Click here to learn more.

NLM's 2017 Glass Auction & Gala

This year’s GLASS AUCTION & GALA will be held Saturday evening, October 7 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA. An outstanding collection of art is being assembled. Sponsorships are available. Our 2017 "Heroes of Liberty" are Stephen & Sandy Sheller. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.

NLM Travel is headed to Wisconsin

Join the NLM on an arts-filled tour of parts of Wisconsin, Sept. 6-11, 2017. From Milwaukee’s art museums, to private collections, to a stop in beautiful Door County, which juts directly into Lake Michigan, you’ll follow host Arlene Silvers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for more information.