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
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin

Schedule

Jan 23

Coming Out Under Fire

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

Co-presented by the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild

Director: Arthur Dong

In this award winning documentary, Arthur Dong combines archival footage with declassified documents and extensive interviews with gay and lesbian military veterans to recall the loves and friendships of service members and to craft a powerful critique of the military’s long history of anti-homosexual policies.

A post-screening conversation on the history of LGTBQ military service moderated by the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild follows the screening.

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin

Feb 20

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

This films is a part of our OUT Here series.

Director: Robin Campillo

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful, perceptive depiction of the daily labor and tender love shared by members of ACT UP in Paris during the early 1990s. In response to government indifference and insufficient medical care activists orchestrated daily actions to combat injustice and ignorance.

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin

Mar 20

Saturday Church

This film is a part of our OUT Here series.

An introduction by Audria Byrd and Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne accompanies the program. Audria Byrd is a Columbia-based filmmaker and activist and Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne is an academic and anti-racism activist-organizer.

Director: Damon Cardasis

An innovative musical about Ulysses, a young man exploring his identity and sexuality in New York. Invigorated by imaginative dance sequences, original songs and interior-monologues, the film follows its protagonist as he finds refuge amongst dancers and performers in the city’s vibrant transgender community.

Support provided by:

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin