In April 2017, the Nick launched OUT Here– a 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
Special thanks to our series sponsors:
SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin
Ruth and Walker Rast
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, & Disco
This screening features a special introduction from Mario Guevara, Events Manager at the Columbia Museum of Art.
During the 1970s, Puerto Rican-born, Bronx-raised illustrator Antonio Lopez took the fashion industry by storm, reigniting interest in drawings of high-end apparel. With influences including technicolor, Tropicália, and breakdancing, Lopez rendered artworks for publications like Vogue that celebrated black and brown bodies, paving the way for greater diversity in the 1980s.
Directed by James Crump.
Antonio Lopez was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico on February 11, 1943. At the age of twelve, Lopez earned a scholarship to the prestigious Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, which provided Saturday programs for children. Lopez illustrated fashions for Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times; he eventually became a freelance artist for many of the top fashion publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Interview.
Through his work, Lopez made great strides in exploring and representing ethnic and racialized bodies within the world of high fashion. His imagery helped to develop and underscore a new canon of beauty throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He died in New York of complications related to AIDS on March 17, 1987, at the age of 44.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Starring Hollywood heartthrobs Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor! Set in the Mississippi heat amidst a family party gone awry, this Tennessee Williams adaptation is a sweltering melodrama of unfulfilled desires and simmering frustration. Produced despite Hollywood censorship, this sultry film is a gem from an era of longing glances and coded insinuations.
Directed by Richard Brooks.