Media Advisory – WSIU Presents Free Film Screening

Feb 23, 2017

Media Advisory

For Saturday, February 25

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,; Diana Brawley Sussman, Director, Carbondale Public Library, (618) 457-0354, ext. 313,; Lisa Tawil, ITVS, (415) 356-8383,

Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Event is Saturday, February 25

Film Screening of “The Bad Kids”

 Carbondale, IL – Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to cover a free film screening of The Bad Kids, 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 on Saturday, February 25 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main.

Tina Carpenter, Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, will lead a discussion after the film.

Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. But Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who have been deemed lost causes by the system. 

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’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Beth Spezia, at (618) 453-5595,

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