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Indie Lens Pop-Up

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 2020-2021 Series Details are below.

Coded Bias

By Shalini Kantayya

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

Screening Events:

Monday, March 8, 2021
7:00 pm
MPT Screening
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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time TBD
National ITVS Screening
RSVP link coming soon

Broadcast Premiere: March 22, 2021


Philly D.A.

By Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar

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.


Screening Events:

Friday, April 16, 2021
7:00 pm
MPT Friday Freeview Screening
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Broadcast Premiere: April 20, 2021


The Donut King

By Alice Gu

The Donut King is Ted Ngoy's rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall.

Screening Events:

Friday, May 21, 2021
7:00 pm
MPT Friday Freeview Screening
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Date TBA
National ITVS Screening

Broadcast Premiere: May 24, 2021