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.


Jun 19

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. This documentary is an electrifying journey through her public and private worlds, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage, and brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. Going beyond traditional music biography, the film offers a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. Jones herself said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked.”

Directed by Sophie Fiennes.

Jul 24

The Gospel According to André

André Leon Talley has spent years as a revered fashion curator, with a resumé that boasts Vogue and W. This dynamic documentary examines Talley’s life from his boyhood in the segregated South to his work on the Paris runways, and interviews colleagues like Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs about Talley’s legacy as fashion royalty.  

Directed by Kate Novak.