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.


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.  

Read more about André Leon Talley on our blog!

Directed by Kate Novak.

Aug 07

Crawfish & Zydeco

Come celebrate Cajun food and Creole music! The Nick is traveling south with a joyous pairing from auteur Les Blank.

Hot Pepper

In this film, Blank exuberantly captures the performances of Creole musician Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco, a blues-inspired genre originating in southwest Louisiana.

1973. USA. 54 min. NR.

Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking

Blank offers an inside look into the preparation of traditional Cajun dishes ranging from Étoufée to Boudin. Featuring popular Cajun musicians preparing some of their favorite traditional dishes, while their music drifts through the background.

1990. USA. 31 min. NR.