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At Independent Picture House, we know the power behind a good film. We value the messages and voices behind films, and our team is focused on meeting Charlotte residents where they are no matter the geographical, financial, and transportation restraints that may prevent communities and individuals from seeing films at our cinema.

That’s where Indie on Wheels comes in! Indie on Wheels began in February 2024 and is a free mobile cinema project dedicated to showcasing films that inspire, entertain, educate, and engage all communities through public screenings at venues, recreation centers, and libraries across the Charlotte area. 

The next Indie on Wheels event will be on Tuesday, May 21 at University City Regional Library. We’ll be screening Democracy for Sale, a segment from the docuseries America Divided. The film is led by Zach Galifianakis, American comedian and actor from “The Hangover” movies. In 2016, Zach home of North Carolina to investigate how the state became a bellwether in financial interests that dominated our democracy and worsened our political spending. He also looked into the current politicians and political leaders during the documentary’s creation.

A group discussion and Q&A led by Mary C. Curtis will follow the screening.  Mary C. Curtis is an award-winning columnist, journalist, podcast host, and educator based in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C. She is currently a columnist at Roll Call and the host of Roll Call podcast “Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis.” Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of politics, culture, and race. Curtis grew up with politics due to her family’s political contributions, such as her siblings’s fight for the civil right movement when she was a young child. She described being an “observer” of politics as a child, but now, she is a “professional observer” of politics as a journalist, and her work has been displayed in sources like The New York Times, NBC News, and The Washington Post over the years. 


Political programs like Democracy For Sale are crucial to watch because, as Mary C. Curtis explains, “you have to be interested in politics because politics is interested in you,” and politics directly and indirectly impact us every day. Documentaries like Democracy for Sale help keep us informed and make the best and most knowledgeable decisions about our futures.

Along with Mary C. Curtis’ discussion, this Indie on Wheels event will include the chance to register to vote with a representative from The League of Women Voters.

This is a free event!

When: May 21, 2024 from 5:45-7:30pm.

Where: University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, 28262 



Indie on Wheels is sponsored by Culture Blocks – a community partnership between ASC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation-to bring arts and cultural experience closer to where residents live, at no cost to participants. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County. 

Cinema has the power to forge and bridge communities, especially here in Charlotte’s vibrant creative ecosystem. That’s why when we founded The Independent Picture House in 2022, creating a place for “community” cinema was a cornerstone mission. But as Indie on Wheels demonstrates, IPH’s founding principles don’t stop at the walls of the theater. We believe in the power of cinema to transform our community, one screening at a time.

Learn more here about the Indie on Wheels initiative and future events!

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