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 The Tuba Thieves

Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30pm CT

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS, and WNIN will host a free screening of The Tuba Thieves, followed by a community-driven conversation with guest speakers from Optimal Access, Evansville Museum, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. The central mystery of this unconventional documentary isn’t about theft. Directed, written, and produced by hard of hearing filmmaker Alison O’Daniel, the film uses a series of tuba thefts in Los Angeles high schools as a jumping-off point to explore the nature of sound itself, through several d/Deaf people telling stories in the film equivalent of a game of telephone.

Between 2011 and 2013, tubas were stolen from high schools across Southern California. While reporters focused on the thieves, O'Daniel was curious about the impact of the thefts on the students and school communities. She wondered how these thefts were altering the sound of the bands, which ultimately led her to question the role of sound itself and what it means to listen. In The Tuba Thieves, O'Daniel explores the question of sound, prioritizing a form of storytelling in which information collides and is allowed to be misunderstood. In prioritizing Deaf and hard of hearing communication, she generates new sensitivity to sound and meaning.

Event Details:  Reservation is Required.  Seating is limited. This film has open captions and ASL. The introduction and conversation will have ASL interpretation. For wheelchair accessible reservation, please contact Jennifer Evans at 812-423-2973 ext. 310 or

Filmmakers: Alison O’Daniel (Director, Writer, Producer), Su Kim (Producer), Maya E. Rudolph (Producer), and Rachel Nederveld (Producer).

Broadcast Premiere: Monday May 20, 2024

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In addition to private rentals, the WNIN Old National Public Theatre is also your local source for the WNIN Independent Film Series, Movies on Main, original productions, and family friendly events. 


Please contact Director of Events & Theatre, Karen Robinson ( or 812-423-2973 ext. 136 for rentals and more information.


  • Corporate/Personal use: $175 per hour
  • Non-profit (must provide copy of 501(c)(3): $100 per hour
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  • Stadium seating (46 fixed seats & 2 handicap seats)
  • Christie cinema digital production projection
  • 7.1 Dolby surround sound
  • Speaker podium
  • Full-length stage curtain to convert theatre for Non-Projection Events
  • Stage lighting


  • Corporate Training and Sales Films
  • Independent Films and Documentaries
  • WNIN Original Productions
  • PBS Productions
  • Hollywood Films


  • Speakers (including power point and video presentations)
  • Small Band Performances
  • Panel Discussions
  • Taping Audio & Video Content