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


Apr 10

High School

50th Anniversary! Rediscover high school during the 1960s!

Attend gym class, assembly, and sex-ed during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, a time when shaggy hair or an informal prom dress provoked administrative panic. Widely celebrated as one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of all time, Frederick Wiseman expertly immersed himself in the daily life of teens and their teachers, capturing fumbling attempts at discipline and rebellion (a student is sternly warned about the dangers of individualism) with a humor and disdain that feels as resonant today as it did 50 years ago.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

This film is part of our For the Record series.

Thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes