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


Feb 06

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968

This screening is free and open to the public. Advanced reservations are sold out, however additional tickets will be available at the Nickelodeon box office on the night of the screening.

This program is presented by Columbia SC 63, Center for Civil Rights and Research, University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections. “This Project is funded in part by SC Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Director: Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson

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 accompanies the screening.

Sponsored by:
Columbia SC 63
SC Humanities

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

Mar 06

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.

Director: Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin

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.

Kenneth Campbell is a Head Associate Professor of Mass Communication at USC specializing in the first amendment and the representation of African Americans in the media.

Claudia Smith Brinson has over 30 years of experience in journalism as a columnist, senior writer, and associate editor. She is currently working on a book on the missing voices of the S.C. civil rights movement.

Thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes