Media Advisory - Free WSIU Film Screening on Sat, Dec 10

Dec 9, 2016

Media Advisory

For Saturday, December 10, 2016

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,; Diana Brawley Sussman, Director, Carbondale Public Library, (618) 457-0354, ext. 313,

Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Event is Tomorrow, December 10

Film “Meet the Patels” Followed by Exploration of South Asian Culture Led by SIU Students from Indian Student Association

Carbondale, IL – Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to cover a free film screening of Meet the Patels, presented by WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library, in partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the PBS series Independent Lens.

The event will be held tomorrow – Saturday, December 10 at 1:30pm – at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main.

Soumik Pal, a doctoral student in the SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, and fellow members of the Indian Student Association at SIU will share South Asian culture and experience after the screening.  South Asian participants will share their culture through henna body painting and wearing traditional attire. Ethnic refreshments will be available free of charge.

Meet the Patels is a real-life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an Indian American actor/comedian who enters into a love triangle between the woman of his dreams – and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister, Geeta, in what started as a family vacation video, this warm and funny film reveals how, for a Patel, love is truly a family affair.

For more information about the film, visit WSIU’s local Indie Lens Pop-Up webpage at or visit the Indie Lens Pop-Up website at

Questions about upcoming screenings at the Carbondale Public Library should be directed to (618) 457-0345 or by contacting WSIU Outreach Coordinator, Beth Spezia, at (618) 453-5595,

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