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The Dennos Museum Center presents several films during the year, sourced from a variety of local, national, and international filmmakers and organizations. Events are free of charge and feature a documentary film followed by discussion with community leaders and scholars. Films are generally screened with captions. Milliken Auditorium features a T-coil loop for those with hearing impairments. Additional arrangements for a sign language interpreter can be made by contacting Jason Dake at (231)995-1029 or


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The Art of: Rising – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 7pm | FREE

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. 

Tell Them We Are Rising is is presented by Indy Lens Pop-up, a program of Independent Lens. Join the conversation following the film with a panel discussion facilitated by the Traverse City Area Branch of the American Association of University Women.

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DoloresThe Art of: Inspiring Change – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Dolores by Peter Bratt
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 7pm | FREE

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

Dolores is is presented by Indy Lens Pop-up, a program of Independent Lens. Join the conversation following the film with a panel discussion featuring the Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network.

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Served Like a GirlThe Art of: Empowering Women – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Served Like a Girl
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 7pm | FREE

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope. Following the film, join the discussion with representatives from the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency-Supportive Services for Veterans Program.

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Pop-UpIndie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for online Pop-Up events.

ITVSThe Independent Television Service funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens Monday nights at 10:00 PM on PBS.

CMU Public BroadcastingWCMU is our local affiliate. For broadcast times of the Independent Lens series, visit