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Community Film Series

KIXE PBS announced today the launch of the new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the community screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around Independent Lens documentaries.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the screening series will evolve to only virtual events using its digital viewing platform OVEE. Attendees will watch the film together, and comment via text chat during the program. Each film will be followed by a moderated discussion led by Myriam Kalmogho, featuring local topic experts and thought leaders.

Partners for the 2021 season include the Shasta College Foundation, ITVS, The Beloved Community, Shasta and Butte County Libraries, and the CSU Chico Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Each month, participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate.

KIXE Community Film Series

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9to5: The Story of a Movement By Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

Thursday, January 21st at 7:00PM RSVP

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the professional fate of American women. Parton was singing the autobiographical tale of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

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Mr. SOUL! By Melissa Haizlip

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00PM RSVP

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip—Mr. SOUL! On the heels of the civil rights movement, the public television variety show SOUL!, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national television exposure. Guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to provide expanded images of Black Americans on television and recognize the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. The film celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful TV shows in U.S. history. With participants’ recollections and archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

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Coded Bias By Shalini Kantayya

Thursday, March 18th at 7:00PM RSVP

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces or the faces of women, 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.

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Philly D.A. / by Ted Passon and Yoni Brook

Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00PM RSVP

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 longshot 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.

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The Donut King By Alice Gu

Thursday, May 20th at 7:00PM RSVP

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 multi-million 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.