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.

These FREE film screenings are presented in collaboration with


Here are the films we presented in 2017:

Real Boy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

6:30PM FREE film screening followed by panel discussion

Learn more and RSVP on our event listing.


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

Learn more and RSVP on our event listing.


“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

Learn more and RSVP on our event listing.

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.



2018 Women’s Film Festival Screening and Discussion of
Left on Pearl

Join us on March 22, at 6pm, for a film screening of Left on Pearl, a fast-paced and humorous documentary about a significant but little known chapter in the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 60s and early 70s.
Learn more and register to join us.

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Shown: Violin by Etai Ramhil. Photo by Steven Toney.

Sound + Vision VIP Reception with performance by members
of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us at 5pm on Friday, April 6, for a first-look at our new Sound + Vision Exhibit.
VIP guests will experience an exclusive, intimate performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra playing the beautiful, all-glass instruments created by artist Gary Word. You will also meet some of the artists and enjoy wine, beer, and light fare. Learn more and reserve now.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Learn more