Now Playing • Jan 26–Feb 23

Art Docs

Art documentaries have a history of pushing filmmakers toward new techniques and processes, acting as a fertile ground for experimentation. ART DOCS encapsulates a diverse range of filmmaking perspectives complementing the myriad artistic subjects and creative forces represented.

Now Playing • Jan 29–Feb 11


In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Now Playing • Feb 5–Feb 11


In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and a 30-year-old François Truffaut sequestered themselves in a windowless Hollywood office for a weeklong conversation. The result: the seminal book "Hitchcock/Truffaut," published a half century ago, dissecting every film Hitchcock had made until then, illuminating his masterful techniques, making the case for the popular director as an artist, and influencing generations of filmmakers. Kent Jones brings "the Bible of Cinema" to invigorating life. He interviews filmmakers whose work has been profoundly influenced by Hitchcock-Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, and many others.

Now Playing • Feb 5

Female Trouble

Part of our recurring First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

John Waters’s and Divine’s best film. Divine plays Dawn Davenport, career criminal and fame seeker. An addiction to injected liquid eyeliner sends her on a berserk crime spree, ending in art/murder. Not for children or the easily offended.

Now Playing • Feb 5–Feb 11

45 Years

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Now Playing • Feb 5–Feb 11


Early summer in a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

Coming Soon • Feb 9

The Mystery of Picasso

Part of the ART DOCS series.

In a through-composed collaboration between two transformative artists, we watch with Clouzot as Picasso adds brush-stroke after brush-stroke to canvas, tracing the slow development of a painting from sketch to masterpiece as a figurative dance of color and line. Every work Picasso composed for the camera was designed specifically for the film, and by the end the two have said as much about cinema as about craft, mystery, or Picasso himself.

Screening will be accompanied by live music from:
Jade Blocker
Josh The Bird
Designer Audio School
Paper Shoes

Coming Soon • Feb 10

Werckmeister Harmonies

Part of our series from guest-curator Yates.

A traveling carnival brings a whale carcass to a small Hungarian town, which precipitates its collapse into disorder. Composed of only 39 rigorously controlled takes, Béla Tarr’s serpentine camerawork obsesses over repetition and process, people walking, dancing, running, sitting, slowly tightening the screws and enunciating their inability to prepare for a tragic, sustained crescendo.

Coming Soon • Feb 15

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Come see the short films nominated for 2016 Academy Awards! These exciting films showcase new talents in cinema, a place for bold ideas and satisfying experiments. Before the Oscars telecast, the Nick will show three programs for each of the short film categories: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. This screening will be the Live Action slate.

Coming Soon • Feb 16

!Women Art Revolution

Part of the ART DOCS series.

For the same reason Victorians tucked Roman porn into a privileged-access archive, so too has the unapologetic work of pioneering feminist artists been “secret” at all. This film proves how they exploded the horizons of what was acceptable to depict materially, symbolically, and ideologically.

Coming Soon • Feb 17

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

Come see the short films nominated for 2016 Academy Awards! These exciting films showcase new talents in cinema, a place for bold ideas and satisfying experiments. Before the Oscars telecast, the Nick will show three programs for each of the short film categories: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. This screening will be the Animation slate.

Coming Soon • Feb 18

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries Block A

Come see the short films nominated for 2016 Academy Awards! These exciting films showcase new talents in cinema, a place for bold ideas and satisfying experiments. Before the Oscars telecast, the Nick will show three programs for each of the short film categories: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. This screening will be the Documentary slate.

Coming Soon • Feb 19–Feb 25

The Lady in the Van

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that's parked in his driveway.

Coming Soon • Feb 20

Thelma & Louise

Part of our Staff Picks series.

An outlaw film, a road movie, an overdue vision of what female empowerment would really look like, this over-referenced and under-seen classic rewrites the history of masculine violence and the buddy movie to follow the societal liberation of two women who secure their radical freedom on the roads of the American West.

Coming Soon • Feb 23

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Part of the ART DOCS series.

The massive sculptures of land art bend the landscape to a single artist’s aesthetic whim, raising serious questions about art’s relationship to human life—art experienced by economically and physically limited human bodies—that remain relevant for as long as Michael Heizer is still working on City.

Coming Soon • Feb 24

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

Part of our recurring series Docs Now!

How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful? How did he change our perception of reality with his work? The film is a story about the incredible power of human imagination, which follows the interwoven threads of Gabriel García Márquez’s life and work—“Gabo” to all of Latin America—with the narrative tension of an investigation.

Coming Soon • Feb 28

Red Carpet Awards Party

Join us on February 28th for our annual Red Carpet Awards Party!

Party kicks off at 7:45 with the show commencing at 8:30

And of course, will include hilarious and salty commentary from Larry Hembree & Patti O'Furniture

Coming Soon • Mar 2

American Movie

Part of our series from guest-curator Yates.

A powerful, seriocomic documentary about the way that cinema shapes perspectives and offers productive escape from them, American Movie follows a resourceless director’s attempt to finance and film a low-budget horror movie. His efforts to overcome both internal and external obstacles tests out what film can offer people of no particular spectacularity beyond their intense, necessary passion.

Coming Soon • Mar 7

4 Little Girls

Part of our Guest Curated Series with Nikky Finney

Situating a tragedy into the context that gives it meaning, Spike Lee reconstructs the environment of racial unrest in 1963 Birmingham that precipitated a haunting act of white supremacist terrorism: the bombing of a black church that killed four little girls. As he reconstructs their life and the life they never got to live, Lee deconstructs the meanings, functions, manifestations, and goals of anti-blackness.

Coming Soon • Mar 14


Part of our Guest Curated Series with Nikky Finney

In 1972, seven years after racial tension erupted into violence in South LA’s Watts neighborhood, the R&B label Stax mounted a day-long concert intended to bring the devastated community together. Intersplicing exuberant performances from the label’s heavyweights (Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, a young Richard Pryor) and interviews with Watts’ residents about their experience, Wattstax is an emotionally multifaceted document of black life.

Coming Soon • Mar 15

Nick Night at Thirsty Fellow!

Come support the Nickelodeon on Tuesday, March 15 at Thirsty Fellow! Our staff will be there enjoying pizza and libations from 5 - 9pm. A portion of all the sales from the evening will be donated to the Nick as well!

But mostly, delicious pizza!

Coming Soon • Mar 16

Here Come the Videofreex!

Part of our recurring series Docs Now!

Here Come the Videofreex! is the quirky tale of ten people’s optimism and creativity, and their vision of what television could become at a time when the three big networks ruled the TV airwaves. After CBS rejects a pilot news program about the counterculture, they allow the production crew to keep the "worthless" video equipment they had used. The crew members dub themselves the Videofreex and pursue the only sensible option: starting the first pirate TV station in the country.

Coming Soon • Mar 21

For the Bible Tells Me So

Part of our Guest Curated Series with Nikky Finney

Specious and selective readings of the Bible have formed the core of religious homophobia since gay rights became a public battle. This film examines such arguments—does the Bible really say what anti-gay activists claim? Through historical scholarship, experiential case studies, and cartoons, Karslake unpacks the Bible’s statements on homosexuality, and shows the human results of our interpretations. Biblical exegesis has never been so lively.

Coming Soon • Mar 22–Jun 26

Science on Screen

Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment - even for the most science-phobic culture vulture!

Coming Soon • Mar 22

Short Circuit

A part of our Science on Screen series!

A Frankenstein riff, a critique of the mechanization of war, an allegory of free will, and somehow also a whimsical children's movie. When lightning strikes an intelligent robotic weapon, the newly self-aware droid escapes into the world. With the military hunting it down, its kind-hearted rescuer must ask whether sentience equals humanity.

Coming Soon • Mar 28


Part of our Guest Curated Series with Nikky Finney

A film of uniquely brave complexity, resistant to the answers and condemnations that allow an audience to mark distance from difficult emotional realities. A family, already strained by economic insecurity, loses one of its sources of stability when they learn that the son was molested—while the son struggles to understand what he feels for his abuser. Vividly drawn and acutely felt, Wolf wrestles with the troubling afterlife of trauma.

Coming Soon • Apr 26

The Stanford Prison Experiment

A part of our Science on Screen series!

The titular experiment's mythic status has given us distance from its lessons; this procedural retelling closes the gap. As college-student "guards" exercise increasingly brutal authority during a simple, voluntary experiment in prison role-play, the whiplash of domination begins to feel like an inevitable—and personal—desire.

Coming Soon • May 24

A Scanner Darkly

A part of our Science on Screen series!

Depending on who you ask, this is either a paranoid, digressive, woozily-rotoscoped drug trip, or the most ambitious Philip K. Dick adaptation since Blade Runner. In the near future, a deep-cover narcotics officer has befriended his targets and become an addict, but in an omniscient surveillance state, he may already be irrelevant.

Coming Soon • Jun 21


A part of our Science on Screen series!

In Cronenberg's most elaborate work of crypto-pornographic body horror, a video-game designer flees an assassin in the virtual reality she coded. Unlike so much metal-and-LED VR, one joins the game through excretory-looking "bio-ports" and shoots guns made of flesh and bone: rather than ask about the humanity of machines, Cronenberg asks about the machinery of humans.