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Now Playing • Oct 9–Oct 19

Battle of the Sexes

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

Now Playing • Oct 13–Oct 19

Lucky

The spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Now Playing • Oct 16–Oct 26

Victoria & Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

Now Playing • Oct 17–Oct 29

Columbia Jewish Film Festival

The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is part of the ever-growing landscape of Jewish Film Festivals organized in the U.S. and abroad. In its 17th year, the Columbia festival is dedicated to bringing new, sometimes controversial, always thought-provoking films with Jewish and related themes to a diverse audience.

Now Playing • Oct 17–Nov 14

OUT Here

This April, the Nick is launching OUT Here– a new community-curated and monthly LGBTQ series screening films of all genres.

"What was the first gay film you saw? What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope? Those are some of the films we want to see."
- Ed Madden, Director of Women's & Gender Studies,
Department of English Language and Literature

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson

Now Playing • Oct 18

Nick Night at Terra

Date: Wednesday, October 18
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Terra
100 State St, West Columbia

Terra is once again hosting a special evening for us – aptly named Nick Night at Terra. A portion of all of Terra’s proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Nickelodeon.

The evening’s dinner menu will also feature a special three-course menu with a greater percentage of proceeds going to the Nick. (This is the one to order!)

Now Playing • Oct 18

Torch Song Trilogy

This screening is the official Nickelodeon Pride event (taking place during Pride week) and will be hosted by Famously Hot South Carolina Pride.

Based on Harvey Fierstein’s Tony award-winning play, The Torch Song Trilogy captures the loves, journey and life of Arnold (Harvey Fierstein), a torch singer and drag performer, in 1970s and 1980s New York City. Co-starring Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick, The Torch Song Trilogy is a tender, heartfelt investigation of intimacy, heartache and family, and beloved touchstone of LGTBQ cinema. As a testament to the story’s ongoing resonance, the story was recently revived for an off-Broadway production by the Second Stage Theater.

Coming Soon • Oct 20–Oct 26

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent, the world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists. More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, Loving Vincent is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh's masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters,

Coming Soon • Oct 21–Nov 25

Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision brings together siblings of form through a new music documentary series in partnership with DRIP (records). In addition to screening both repertory and contemporary music docs, local bands will perform live before each film, bringing a bit more action to Columbia's Saturday night.

Coming Soon • Oct 21

The Decline of Western Civilization Part I

With a performance by fk mt.

The essential punk film. Before Wayne’s World legendary filmmaker Penelope Spheeris made her mark with this extraordinary portrait of Los Angeles’ punk scene. Featuring rare footage of the Alice Bag Band, Germs, Circle Jerks, X, Black Flag, D ecline is also a rare portrait of legendary musicians off the clock – discussing their hopes, dreams and lifestyle.

Visit The Whig before the screening and bring your receipt to get your movie ticket at a discounted price of $8. You can also bring your Decline of Western Civilization ticket to the Whig to receive 10% off your tab that night!

Coming Soon • Oct 23

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and ballet performance by Columbia City Ballet.

One of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet in 1984 and became its Principal Dancer in 1991. Beloved throughout the dance world, Whelan is known for performing with a unique grace and intensity. The film follows Whelan as she approaches retirement, capturing the dancer as she tackles her body’s limitations and adapts to her new role in the dance community.

Coming Soon • Oct 23–Nov 20

Dance Scene

Presented in collaboration with dance organizations from throughout the Midlands, Dance Scene celebrates the best in contemporary dance-based cinema. While beautifully photographed to capture the gestures, movement and performances of their subjects, the films in the series are also riveting tales of spirit and commitment – capturing the passions and partnerships that subtend the dance world.

Coming Soon • Oct 26

Night of the Living Dead

Get in the Halloween spirit with a true Night of the Living Dead! We'll have Zombie Photobooth and trivia along with a special introduction by Chris Bickel, curator of First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion, about Romero’s legacy.

Inarguably one of the most influential horror film directors of all time, George A. Romero made his directorial debut in 1968 with this low-budget, black and white feature about the dead rising from the grave. In reimagining zombies as walking corpses (the term previously primarily referred to somnambulists under the thrall of voodoo), Romero developed the premise that would inspire media including The Walking Dead and World War Z (2013). Released during a time of tremendous political trauma and tumult, and featuring a young Black protagonist facing antagonism by both the undead and law enforcement, Romero’s film also searingly channeled the real-life horrors of the 1960s.

Coming Soon • Oct 30

Alive and Kicking

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and dance performance by The Palmetto Swing Dance Association.

Alive and Kicking is a dynamic exploration of the history of swing dancing and the lives of its participants. Beginning with the emergence of the Lindy hop, the film follows the development of swing from an American art form to an international phenomenon. Rich with historical and personal insight, Alive and Kicking proposes that at its core swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness.

Coming Soon • Oct 31

Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary

Wake up, Columbia... you have a special screening of cult classic Donnie Darko to attend.

Set in the 1980s to a new wave soundtrack. Richard Kelly's foray into the time travel genre follows 28 days in the life of disaffected teenager Donnie Darko (a break-through role for Jake Gyllenhaal). After being visited by a skeletal bunny named Frank, Donnie narrowly escapes death when a jet engine plummets through his parent's suburban roof into his bedroom.

This Halloween join us for a special screening with a time travel pre-show and trivia. If you wear your bunny ears, you'll get one free, small popcorn.

Coming Soon • Nov 3

Intruder

This film is a part of our First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

Coming Soon • Nov 6

KIKI

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and performance by South Carolina Black Pride, featuring MeMe Revlon and Babe Ebony.

Popularized by Madonna’s 1990 hit single “Vogue,” voguing is a highly stylized and accomplished form of dance performed within the underground ballroom community. Consisting of dance moves and controlled gestures that parody, replicate and critique mainstream society, voguing has emerged as a powerful and political mode of contemporary dance. Set within New York’s LGTBQ community, KIKI explores how dance and ballroom solidify community ties and empower queer youth.

Coming Soon • Nov 7

Dolores

This film is a part of our For the Record series.

In 1962 labor activist Dolores Huerta joined César Chavez to found the National Farm Workers Association, one step of many in the ongoing battle for workers rights. A devoted feminist, labor leader and advocate for Mexican-Americans, Huerta devoted her life to empowering the disempowered and spearheading social change. Drawing on a rich archive and selection of thoughtful interviews, this new film sheds light on the inspiring work of a historic figure.

Coming Soon • Nov 7

For the Record

In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism. Each screening is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Faces Places (Visages, Villages)

In this delightful new work from legendary filmmaker Agnè s Varda, the ever-curious and effervescent filmmaker sets off across the French countryside photographing residents in a mobile photobooth. Intended to protect each subject from the “hole of memory,” the project also unites Varda with a young photographer named JR, with whom she develops a captivating and charming bond. At 88 year old, the petite Belgian auteur enjoys the status of one of cinema’s giants, and her most recent work is a must see. Winner of the Golden Eye Documentary prize at the 2017 Cannes film festival.

Coming Soon • Nov 13

Rize

A part of our Dance Scene

Special introduction and dance performance by FUSE Arts Alliance.

This documentary-filmmaking debut by celebrated photographer David LaChapelle is an arresting portrait of clowning and krumping in Los Angeles. Tracing the emergence of the forms in the wake of the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992, R ize captures how dancer Tommy “The Clown” Johnson developed elastic, improvisatory Clowning, which would lay the foundation for competitive Krumping, a rapid, awe-inspiring form of dance that progresses at such a speed that the film presents the disclaimer “the footage in this film has not been sped up in any way.”

Coming Soon • Nov 14

RUMBLE: the Indians Who Rocked the World

Co-presented by The Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Coming Soon • Nov 15

KEMTIYU, Cheikh Anta Diop

This event is co-presented by Catalyst Mbongi

This film tells the story of Senegalese anthropologist, philosopher and physicist, Cheikh Anta Diop, a man who worked his entire life for truth and justice in order to strengthen historical awareness and dignity to Africa. Many consider Cheikh Anta Diop to be one of the greatest scientists after Darwin, a specialist in humanity’s origins and precolonial A frican culture, he demonstrated that Africa was the cradle of humanity.

This film is followed by a conversation moderated by Dr Burnett W. Gallman with historians Baba Derrick Jackson, Sister Faida Whitaker-Mfomboutmoun and Bobby Donaldson.

Coming Soon • Nov 18

Soul Power

Occurring alongside the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the Zaire ‘74 concert united R&B legends James Brown, BB King and Bill Withers with renowned African musicians including Miriam Makemba and Afrisa. Edited from over 125 hours of footage shot in Zaire in 1974, this verité documentary captures the festival in all of its glory and features outstanding musical performances alongside powerful condemnations of global racism.

Coming Soon • Nov 20

Mr. Gaga

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction from the Columbia City Ballet and a special performance from Caroline Lewis Jones.

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Capturing him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces a man of great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes rehearsal footage with an extensive previously-unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.

Coming Soon • Nov 21

Desert Hearts

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

Coming Soon • Dec 1

Coffy

This film is a part of First Friday Cinema Explosion!

A nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.