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

This film is part of our OUT Here series.

Director: John Scagliotti

In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun.

After Stonewall, the sequel to Before Stonewall, chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, it captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced during this time, and it explores how AIDS dramatically changed the direction of the movement.

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

Jul 18

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

This film is part of our OUT Here series.

Director: Stephan Elliott

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites Adam (Guy Pearce) and Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

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

This film is part of our OUT here series.

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