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 sponsors, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes.


Sep 18

Yours in Sisterhood

From 2015 to 2017, a filmmaking team traveled across the United States speaking with women from all walks of American life. Each interviewee was given a letter from the 1970s, written to the editor of Ms. Magazine, the country's first feminist magazine, and then was allowed to respond. A striking comparison between 1970s and 2010s feminism and culture emerges, giving a new look at the old slogan, "the personal is political."

Directed by Irene Lusztig.

This screening is followed by a talkback with the filmmaker, Irene Lusztig.

Thank you to our screening sponsors:
The School of Visual Art and Design Visiting Artist/Scholar Series 2018-2019
Film and Media Studies Program, USC
Women’s and Gender Studies Program, USC

Thank you to our series sponsors, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. 

Oct 02

Bisbee '17

Bisbee, Arizona, 1917. Almost 1,200 miners are removed from their homes, shipped away in train cars, and left to die in the middle of the desert.

One hundred years later, citizens of the former mining town gather together to reflect upon and recreate this dark event from their town's past. Tensions both new and old bubble to the surface, between the hippies and artists who moved into the town, and the old mining families who have lived there for decades.

Directed by Robert Greene.