All posts by Renee Gasch

Renee is an Engagement Coach for Indie Lens Pop-Up. She supports PBS stations and community partners in bringing people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations about IL films.

Real Boy Updates from Bennett, His Mom Suzy, Joe Stevens and Dylan

After you see the film Real Boy [premiering on PBS June 19 at 10pm; check local listings], you may be interested to hear from the main players involved. We recently checked in with not only Bennett, but his mom Suzy, plus Joe and Dylan, to find out what they’ve been up to since the filming … READ MORE

The New Community Cinema Goes Bilingual and Digital

Guest post by Renee Gasch, National Community Engagement Manager for ITVS & Independent Lens Nine years ago, a dear colleague in Boise, Idaho planted the seed for Community Cinema. Lynn Allen, a longtime public media maven, had been hosting a regular series of documentary film screenings and discussions in Boise; they were well attended and the … READ MORE

Optimism is Revolutionary

The gap between rich and poor worldwide is growing rapidly. Today, over 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to make anyone pessimistic. For Amlan Ganguly, however, the future is as promising as we make … READ MORE

Ten Things We Have Learned from #SheDocs for Women’s History Month

It’s hard to believe that Women’s History Month is already half over! With only 12 days left to go, we’d like to share a few facts we learned this March during the #SheDocs Online Film Festival from Women and Girls Lead. The festival has been streaming 10 free films online throughout the month to celebrate … READ MORE

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day! Women and Girls Lead and the Half the Sky Movement are celebrating today with a special online salon screening of selected clips from the PBS mini-series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Join us today at 11am PT / 2pm ET to watch and chat live … READ MORE