Community Engagement & Educational Outreach
Community Engagement and Educational Outreach is a key component that sets NET apart from its commercial television and radio counterparts. Community Engagement and Educational Outreach extends the impact of NET’s television and radio broadcasts by providing access to educational materials and collaborative activities. Efforts are always in partnership with other community organizations and are designed to connect viewers and listeners to statewide service resources, foster community participation, and raise awareness about issues affecting Nebraskans.
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Indie Lens Pop-Up (formerly Coffee & Conversation)
“Best of Enemies” kicked off the 2016-17 Indie Lens Pop-Up film season at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln in partnership with College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Presented by NET, the free film screenings of Independent Lens documentaries combined with speakers and open discussion confront real-life issues while bringing people together for community-driven conversation around films from the award-winning PBS series.
In partnership with NET, screenings will also be available at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff and the West Point Community Theatre in West Point. Visit their websites at http://midwesttheater.com/ and http://westpointcommunitytheatre.org/ for more information.
Future screenings and discussions are at the Sheldon Museum of Art.
The 2016-17 lineup includes:
April 3, 7:30 p.m. – “National Bird” -- Follow 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 post-traumatic stress disorder while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.
NET, Midwest Theater, West Point Community Theater and ITVS invite you to an interactive film experience that will bring live and online audience members together from across Nebraska to discuss the unseen impact of drone warfare on veterans and civilians in the U.S., and internationally.
Special online screening for "National Bird" will be available via OVEE
May 21, 1:30 p.m. – “Real Boy” -- This coming-of-age story features Bennett, a transgender teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, and he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.
Independent Lens launched Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around award-winning films. Formerly known as NET Coffee & Conversation, the long-running series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and NET broadcasts. Nationally, over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.
Indie Lens Pop-Up included a diverse selection of new documentaries that explored issues from race to gun violence, from veterans’ issues to autism. A powerful line-up of local speakers facilitated the discussion. Indie Lens Pop-Up creates a warm, welcoming, and enjoyable space for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together in a time where these opportunities seem to be dwindling. We learn and grow together as a community through the conversations that follow each film.