Circle Cinema Presents the 2021 INDIE LENS POP-UP FREE VIRTUAL SEASON!

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the screening series has evolved to virtual only events using its digital viewing platform OVEE, and not held at Circle Cinema this season.

Through its roster of films this season, Indie Lens Pop-Up will spark conversations on pressing issues like equality in the workplace, the criminal justice system, diversity in the arts, and the new meaning of the American Dream. This year’s lineup includes six new documentaries that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today.

Register now for these virtual events:

Mr. SOUL! – Directed by Melissa Haizlip*
Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30 p.m. RSVP here to attend
Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 into 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics, capturing a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today. *Director Melissa Haizlip will join us for a virtual conversation! Special poem recited by artist Deborah Hunter. Mr. SOUL! will premiere on PBS/OETA on February 22, 2021


Coded Bias – Directed by Shalini Kantayya
Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30 p.m. RSVP Here To Attend! 
When MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms that shapes the technology in our lives.

Philly DA – Directed by Yoni Brook and Ted Passon
Tuesday, April 6th, 6:30 p.m. RSVP Here To Attend! 
Philly DA explores 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 a fundamental overhaul from within the system.

The Donut King – Directed by Alice Gu
Tuesday, May 11th, 6:30 p.m. RSVP Here To Attend! 
The Donut King tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself—and hundreds of other immigrant families—by baking America’s favorite pastry and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire of donut shops.