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Indie Lens Pop-Up

As MPT continues to shift to adjust to these challenging times, we are hosting a variety of virtual events to keep our loyal viewers engaged while we all stay at home. Please see below for our more information on Indie Lens Pop Up screenings. Visit mpt.org/events for information on our Throwback Thursday and Friday Freeview schedules.

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 view and discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. For more information about Independent Lens, click here.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is proud to serve as a producing partner for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening series. Look below for upcoming virtual screenings. Virtual screenings take place on the OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience) platform, a shared media viewing experience. Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community‐building conversation of social media in a single‐screen experience.

The 2019-2020 Series Details are below.

Eating Up Easter

By Sergio Mata’u Rapu

More than just a picture postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that rakes in money, but brings about a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on the island. Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu gives voice to his fellow islanders, who struggle to balance their strong cultural heritage with modern-day challenges.

Screening Event:

Tuesday May, 26, 2020
6:00 pm
National Screening
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7:00 pm
MPT Screening
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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

By Matt Wolf

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle and ended when Marion passed away in 2012. In total, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, and catastrophes that tell us who we were and how television has shaped the world of today.

Screening Event:

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
7:00 pm
MPT Screening
RSVP HERE

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