South Carolina ETV and Public Radio announce new community engagement series

Indie Lens Pop Up event
Columbia S.C.: Independent Lens announced in fall of 2021 the return of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the long-running community screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around its timely, thought-provoking documentaries. 
Indie Lens Pop-Up events bring communities together, providing them with a space to watch and discuss timely topics explored in the slate of films seen on Independent Lens, the award-winning PBS documentary anthology series presented by ITVS.
“Our Independent Lens slate of films is more urgent than ever before. These films inspire dialogue to help us find common ground and understanding, especially during trying times,” said Beatriz Castillo, Senior Director of Engagement Operations. “Through community-led conversations, our Indie Lens Pop-Up program leverages the power of our incredible slate of films to amplify important messages about a variety of timely topics.”
The 2021-2022 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes five new documentary films that fight for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today. South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will be having four community events surrounding the premier dates. For full up-to-date information regarding the film information, the partnership between SCETV and Indie Lens Pop-Up, as well as event details and registration links (once available), visit

Missing in Brooks County

  • Online screening event: Wednesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.
  • To register, visit the Eventbrite registration page.
  • Airs Monday, January 31 at 10 p.m. on SCETV


  • Online screening event: Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Airs Monday, February 21 at 10 p.m. on SCETV

Writing with Fire

  • Screening event: Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. (format TBD)
  • Airs Monday, March 21 at 10 p.m. on SCETV

Try Harder!

  • Screening event: date TBD
  • Airs Monday, May 2 at 10 p.m. on SCETV
“SCETV is proud to launch our first season of Indie Lens Pop-Up. Our work with this program has provided a unique space for community members of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to come together and watch films from the award-winning Independent Lens series and engage in conversations on issues that are at the center of American life. In light of current times, connecting is more important than ever—it’s refreshing and important to come together and have these discussions. ” - Tabitha Safdi, chief content officer.
  • Independent Lens has announced the return of their Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening series.
  • The Indie Lens Pop-Up series promotes films seen on Independent Lens, the award-winning PBS documentary anthology series presented by ITVS.
  • This is SCETV's first year partnering with the series program to offer community events.
  • SCETV will hold four community screening events, the first on January 26 at 6:30 p.m.
  • For full event series information, visit
About 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 the PBS Independent Lens series, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation at an Indie Lens Pop-Up screening. For more information, visit
About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, Acton Family Giving, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more visit Join the conversation: and on Twitter @IndependentLens.