BLACK STORIES: TWO CITIES

Now Playing • Jan 17–Jan 25

The Shape of Water

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.  In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Now Playing • Jan 17–Jan 25

Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. 

Coming Soon • Jan 21

SOLD OUT: West Side Story

SOLD OUT

This film is a part of our Silver Screen Studies series.

Introduction by J. Daniel Jenkins, Associate Professor of Music Theory at USC.

Celebrate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein with a gorgeous, Hollywood musical! This contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as Maria and Tony, star-crossed lovers from rival New York street gangs. Adapted from a Tony Award-winning musical, with a stunning credits sequence by Saul Bass, vivid color, and exquisite dance sequences, the film was a smash box office success and swept the Oscars.

$5 tickets available at the box office for children ages 12 and younger.

Coming Soon • Jan 23

Coming Out Under Fire

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

Co-presented by the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild

In this award winning documentary, Arthur Dong combines archival footage with declassified documents and extensive interviews with gay and lesbian military veterans to recall the loves and friendships of service members and to craft a powerful critique of the military’s long history of anti-homosexual policies.

A post-screening conversation on the history of LGTBQ military service moderated by the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild follows the screening.

Coming Soon • Jan 27

Mistaken For Strangers

This film is a part of our Sound & Vision series presented in partnership with DRIP (records). 

With a performance by NUMBTONGUE

Hilarious and touching all at once, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is part rock-doc, part buddy comedy, part emotionally honest portrait of failure and success. A documentary about the indie-rock band The National directed by the lead singer’s drifter brother, the film is an insightful investigation of complicated familial bonds.

Coming Soon • Jan 29

They Call Us Monsters

This program is co-presented by Justice 360.

This bold and thought-provoking documentary takes viewers behind the walls of the Los Angeles facility that houses juvenile offenders who are being tried as adults.  The film tells the story of three young men, who collaborate on a screenplay as they await their trials.  Offering an in-depth portrait of its subjects — THEY CALL US MONSTERS considers the nature of childhood, social responsibility,  and what it means for society to brand someone a monster.  

A post-film conversation moderated by Lindsey S. Vann, Executive Director of Justice 360, accompanies the program.

Coming Soon • Feb 2

Surf Nazis Must Die

A 1987 exploitation/revenge classic. A group of neo-nazi surf-punks terrorizes a beach until an elderly woman seeks revenge for the death of her son. Roger Ebert stated that he walked out of the film after 30 minutes.

Coming Soon • Feb 5

Crooklyn

This program is part of our Black Stories: Two Cities series.

A post-screening conversation with author Dianne Johnson-Feelings, Sybil Rosado, and artist Michaela Pilar-Brown accompanies the program.

CROOKLYN

A masterful family film from acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, CROOKLYN immerses the viewer in 1973 Bedford-Stuyvesant. Told from the perspective of Troy, the only girl amongst a rambunctious cadre of brothers, the film’s depiction of squabbles between neighbors and sticky summer treats powerfully evokes the ties that bind community.

preceded by Akosua Adoma Owusu's SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

Coming Soon • Feb 5–Feb 26

Black Stories: Two Cities

“Black Stories: Two Cities” celebrates Black filmmakers as key narrators of American experience and activists in fights for liberation and equity. Featuring a formally eclectic array of films produced in cities throughout the United States, this series explores the economic, political, and personal forces that shape the built environment.

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

Coming Soon • Feb 6

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.

Recognizing the important role that history plays in shaping our communities, this season the Nickelodeon invites you to join us for thought-provoking films and conversations about the forces that mediate our encounters with the past and influence our decisions for the future.

Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

Coming Soon • Feb 6

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968

In February 1968 police in Orangeburg, SC initiated one of the worst acts of violence ever committed on a college campus, killing 3 and injuring 27 by firing into a crowd of protesters. Occurring two years prior to the Kent State shootings, the massacre in Orangeburg received little national attention. Featuring the groundbreaking documentary SCARRED JUSTICE: THE ORANGEBURG MASSACRE, 1968, historical news footage from the WLTX-TV collections at the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections, and a conversation with community members who experienced the massacre firsthand, this program recognizes the atrocities that occurred in Orangeburg and resists their omission from histories of the period.

A post-screening conversation hosted by Columbia SC 63 follows the screening.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced reservations SOLD OUT.

Sponsored by:
Columbia SC 63
SC Humanities

Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

Coming Soon • Feb 10

Bring it On

This film is a part of our Staff Picks series.

“When you go to nationals...bring it.”

Fan favorite BRING IT ON returns to the big screen as Micaela’s Staff Pick. A young Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union star in this energetic comedy about the cheer rivalry that develops when a white, affluent squad is exposed for stealing all of their routines from a predominantly Black squad. At first glance a light-hearted romp about the path to cheerleading nationals, the film is also a savvy critique of cultural appropriation.

Coming Soon • Feb 12

Bless Their Little Hearts

This program is part of our Black Stories: Two Cities series.

BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS

A stunning neo-realist film that applies techniques from global revolutionary cinemas to tell the story of a South Los Angeles family contending with the challenges of unemployment and economic hardship. A patient navigation of everyday life and domesticity that is as tender and candid as it is heartbreaking.

preceded by Charles Burnett's WHEN IT RAINS

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

Coming Soon • Feb 13

On The Beach at Night Alone

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

The newest film from acclaimed filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. Featuring Kim Min-Hee (The Handmaiden) in the role that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival as an actress seeking solitude in the wake of a heartbreaking affair. Loosely inspired by the filmmaker’s real relationship with Kim (which was extensively documented in Korean tabloids), the film is a revelatory exploration of intimacy and solitude that has been applauded for its brave performances and emotional honesty.

Foreign Focus is sponsored by:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

Coming Soon • Feb 14

When Harry Met Sally

"I'll have what she's having!"

This Valentine's Day have a sweet treat and share a laugh at the Nick with beloved romantic comedy WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.

Rob Reiner’s unsurpassable 1989 hit cemented itself as the gold standard of romantic comedy films when it addressed the elephant in the room: “Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in the way?” The film stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the leading roles as friends trying to understand if the daily chemistry amounts to something more. Nora Ephron’s award winning screenplay additionally benefits from the decision to include actual couples describing their own love stories. Funny, romantic and realistic throughout – When Harry Met Sally effectively captures the tender ways that opposites attract.

Coming Soon • Feb 19

"I am Somebody" with "Brick by Brick"

This program is part of our Black Stories: Two Cities series.

A groundbreaking documentary about a successful 1969 union strike led by Black hospital workers that Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hammer hailed as “of decisive importance to all of us.” Exceptional in its clear-eyed depiction of class struggle, women’s experiences, and the financial disparities and racial inequities often concealed by Charleston’s tourism industry.

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

Thank you to screening sponsor:
University of South Carolina: College of Arts and Sciences

Coming Soon • Feb 20

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

This films is a part of our OUT Here series.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful, perceptive depiction of the daily labor and tender love shared by members of ACT UP in Paris during the early 1990s. In response to government indifference and insufficient medical care activists orchestrated daily actions to combat injustice and ignorance.

Coming Soon • Feb 24

Monterey Pop

This film is a part of our Sound & Vision series presented in partnership with DRIP (records).

With a performance by Grace Joyner

During the Summer of Love, before Lollapalooza or Woodstock, there was the seminal rock music festival Monterey Pop. Hailed as one of the best rock documentaries of the 1960s, the film features performances by The Who, The Mamas & The Papas, Janis Joplin, and most memorably the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s guitar-burning rendition of “Wild Thing.”

Coming Soon • Feb 26

Flag Wars

This program is part of our Black Stories: Two Cities series.

A post-screening conversation with Dr. Ed Madden and Dr. Todd Shaw about race, gender, and gentrification accompanies the program.

Prompted by filmmaker Goode Bryant’s inquiry: “Does it look different when two historically oppressed groups try to live together?” FLAG WARS is an exceptionally thoughtful, in-depth study of the emotional, economic, and infrastructural motivations and effects of white, gay and lesbian home buyers acquiring property in a historically African-American neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.  

Thank you to our series sponsor:
Bakari Sellers

Coming Soon • Mar 2

Turkey Shoot

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

This 1982 Australian "Ozploitation film" is a dystopian retelling of The Most Dangerous Game, as filtered through 1984, in which subversives are jailed and hunted down for sport. Steve Railsback (Manson, from the Helter Skelter TV movie) and Olivia Hussey (Black Christmas) star.

Coming Soon • Mar 6

LA 92

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

A conversation with Dr. Kenneth Campbell and Claudia Smith Brinson about representations of race in the media accompanies the program.

In 1992 the acquittal of white LAPD officers for the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King despite video evidence spurred six days of protests and public violence. Drawing on decades of archival footage, LA 92 examines how the “Rodney King trial,” subsequent unrest, and their representation in media continue to frame conversations about race in America.

Thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes

Coming Soon • Mar 14

The Other Side of Hope

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

A former traveling salesman begins an unlikely friendship with a group of Syrian refugees that have recently arrived in Finland. Kaurismäki addresses the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis through a dark sense of humor as he points out the hardships of asylum seekers and underlines just how truly remarkable a bond between strangers can be.

Foreign Focus is sponsored by:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

Coming Soon • Mar 20

Saturday Church

This film is a part of our OUT Here series

An introduction by Audria Byrd and Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne accompanies the program. Audria Byrd is a Columbia-based filmmaker and activist and Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne is an academic and anti-racism activist-organizer.

An innovative musical about Ulysses, a young man exploring his identity and sexuality in New York. Invigorated by imaginative dance sequences, original songs and interior-monologues, the film follows its protagonist as he finds refuge amongst dancers and performers in the city’s vibrant transgender community.

Coming Soon • Mar 25

Persona

This film is a part of our Silver Screen Studies series.

Introduction by Professor Susan Felleman.

Join us to celebrate the centennial of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman with a special screening of his most groundbreaking film!

Now widely considered one of the most accomplished filmmakers of all time, by the mid-1960s Ingmar Bergman was already a two-time Academy Award winner and the recipient of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

However, PERSONA was a radical break from the thoughtful chamber dramas he had made in the past. The story of the melding identities of a psychiatric patient and her seemingly supportive nurse, this essential film left an indelible impression on filmmakers including David Lynch (especially MULHOLLAND DRIVE), Woody Allen, and Robert Altman.

Coming Soon • Mar 31

Purple Rain

This film is a part of our Sound & Vision series presented in partnership with DRIP (records).

With a performance by Skeleton

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life and life is a whole lot better with PURPLE RAIN. In this mix of myth and biography, Prince stars as The Kid, a young musician from the wrong side of the tracks searching for the song that will change his life.