Charm City Film Screening and Town Hall Meeting

Film screening will also feature a reception, resource fair and town hall discussion with City Councilor Pat Davis and County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins


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Apr 14, 2019
02:30 PM - 04:30 PM


Hiland Theater
4800 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108


Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque and New Mexico PBS present Marilyn Ness’ acclaimed documentary, Charm City. A town hall discussion led by Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and Councilor Pat Davis will follow the film screening. The community is invited to this free event.


Filmed over a violent three-year period when Baltimore’s nickname never seemed less apt, Charm City profiles a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials who, with grit, fury and compassion, are grappling with the consequences of violence and trying to reclaim their city’s future. Charm City premieres on Independent Lens Saturday, April 27 at 10 p.m. on New Mexico PBS / KNME Channel 5.1.

On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed during the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, Charm City is a powerful cinema vérité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home.

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About the Filmmakers

Marilyn Ness (Director/Producer) is a two-time EmmyⓇ, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She produced Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson), which premiered at Sundance in 2016, was released by the Criterion Collection, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy AwardsⓇ. Trapped (dir. Dawn Porter), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, premiered on Independent Lens, and was awarded a Peabody. She also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-Team, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was bought by Netflix Originals, and later earned two EmmyⓇ nominations. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, was broadcast on Independent Lens in 2015, and earned an EmmyⓇ nomination. She directed the documentary feature film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011.

Katy Chevigny (Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Big Mouth Productions. Most recently, she produced Dark Money, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and she directed one of the storylines in Kartemquin Films’ documentary series Hard Earned, which explores the lives of five American families struggling to get by in today's economy, and won a 2016 Alfred I. DuPont Award. She co-directed (with Ross Kauffman) the EmmyⓇ-nominated documentary E-Team, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Chevigny has produced and/or directed 12 critically acclaimed feature-length documentary films through Big Mouth, including Deadline, Election Day and also 1971 with Marilyn Ness. Her work has won multiple awards, been broadcast on networks including PBS, NBC, HBO, Netflix, and Arte/ZDF, and has played at festivals around the world.

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 PBS's Independent Lens, 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.

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, 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.

About New Mexico PBS

Celebrating over 60 years of service, New Mexico PBS (KNME & KNMD-TV) serving most of  New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, broadcasts a wide array of nature, history, current affairs, health, performance, children's, educational and entertainment programs. New Mexico PBS produces NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, COLORES! and a variety of specials. New Mexico PBS operates 5 digital broadcast channels: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 9.1, and 9.2. New Mexico PBS is co-licensed to the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools.

Charm City Film Screening and Town Hall Meeting

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