OUT Here

Description

This April, the Nick is launching OUT Here– a new community-curated and monthly LGBTQ series screening films of all genres. 

A group of local folks met in February to brainstorm film selections.  What was the first gay film you saw?  What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope?  Those are some of the films we want to see.  

When I first moved to South Carolina, I loved attending the annual Banned in South Carolina festival at the Nickelodeon…Many of the censored films were LGBTQ-themed…This was before Will and Grace, before Ellen, well before Adam Lambert or Caitlyn Jenner. Like a lot of other Southern queers, I had a hunger—a hunger for stories like my own. A film with gay or lesbian or queer characters was an amazing thing to me – that was my life, the life of my friends up there on the screen.  A story like mine, a story like ours.

Usually, though, those films took place somewhere else. Even our legislators, for years, acted as if there weren’t any queer folk here. People like that were always somewhere else, not here.

Well, we’re here. And we’re out. Out here.

Ed Madden, Director of Women’s & Gender Studies
Department of English Language and Literature

 

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Nekki Shutt and Francie Kleckley
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson

Schedule

Jun 20

After Stonewall

A part of OUT Here.

Director: John Scagliotti

Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Jul 18

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Part of OUT Here.

Director: Stephan Elliott

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

 

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Nekki Shutt and Francie Kleckley
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson

Aug 15

20th Anniversary: The Watermelon Woman

Part of OUT Here

Director: Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman.

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Nekki Shutt and Francie Kleckley
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson