‘Meet the Patels’ Next Indie Lens Pop-Up Film

News Release Date: 
December 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

‘Meet the Patels’ Next Indie Lens Pop-Up Film

LINCOLN, Neb (Dec. 13, 2016) – A charming, real-life romantic comedy headlines the next Indie-Lens Pop Up event.

“Meet the Patels,” focuses on the life of Ravi Patel, an Indian American actor/comedian who enters into a love triangle between the woman of his dreams – and his parents. The film will start at 1:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets, in LincolnMeet the Patels

Presented by NET, the Independent Lens documentary film screening combined with speakers and open discussion, confronts real-life issues while bringing people together for community-driven conversation around films from the award-winning PBS series. 

In the film, Patel, who is almost 30, is still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Patel submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal and important part of one’s live: love.

A discussion will take place following the film.

As the 2016-17 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup continues, four additional documentaries will take viewers around the country and across the world, from a visit to a Mojave Desert high school that offers at-risk students one last chance at a diploma to inside the secret U.S. drone war to a community recovering from the impact of gun violence.

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.

2016-17 Indie Lens Pop-Up Schedule

All screenings and discussions are at the Sheldon Museum of Art.

1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 – “The Bad Kids” -- Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It's their last chance. This coming-of-age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combating the crippling effects of poverty.

1:30 p.m., March 19 – “Newtown” -- This documentary uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors and first responders, “Newtown” documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.

7 p.m., April 3 – “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.

1:30 p.m., May 21 – “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.

Indie-Lens Pop-Up film and discussion series is free and open to the public. Films are shown in partnership with ITVS and Lincoln community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM) and focus on thought-provoking and controversial topics. For more information on the series and NET Community Engagement check the NET website at netNebraska.org/engage. For more information about Independent Lens, visit pbs.org/independentlens.

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services. To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

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