‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Headlines Indie Lens Pop-Up Series in Lincoln

News Release Date: 
March 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Headlines Indie Lens Pop-Up Series in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 12, 2019) – A series of free community film screening events will take place in the Auditorium of the Nebraska Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1400 R St.

These free “Indie Lens Pop-Up” events are presented by ITVS, “Independent Lens” and NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with UNL. A popcorn bar will be available during the film, and a panel discussion will follow.

“Indie Lens Pop-Up” screening and discussion series films include:

“The Providers,” 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 -- Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid “The Providers”“The Providers” epidemic in rural America, “The Providers” follows three doctors in rural New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare. The 60 minute film was directed by Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin, both the children of doctors. It will also air on NET, Sunday, April 14, at 10 p.m. CT.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28 -- One of the most celebrated theatrical releases of 2018, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The acclaimed documentary from Morgan Neville tells the story of a soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, writer and producer whose show was beamed daily into homes across America for more than 30 years. In his beloved television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Rogers and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mister Rogers on television before, and there hasn’t been since. 

“Charm City”“Charm City” “Charm City,” 6 p.m., Thursday, April 18 -- Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, “Charm City” delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future. This film was directed by Marilyn Ness. This screening is in partnership with the UNL Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color. It will also air on NET, Sunday, April 28, at 10 p.m. CT.  

“Indie Lens Pop-Up” is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. For more information about NET’ “Indie Lens Pop-Up” screening and discussion series, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org


NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.