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
For Sale: Nick Pride Shirts
The Nick logo is getting a revamp in celebration of Pride! 🏳️🌈 7-color screened print on a charcoal heather grey Next Level triblend crewneck. All proceeds go to TakeBreakMake—our after-school media education program for LGBTQIA youth and allies in the Midlands.
Purchase them in person at the Nick or online here!
The Wound is a compelling and taboo-breaking South African feature taking the international festival circuit by storm. Leading a new wave of African cinema, it is equal parts coming-of-age story, love drama, and intense psychological thriller told from a uniquely African perspective. A bold and unflinching new voice on the international stage and South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards® for best foreign language film.
Xolani (Nakhane Touré), a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.
Directed by John Trengrove.
Join us for a compilation of works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs, exploring Black, gay male identity and confronting HIV/AIDS. Marlon Riggs was dedicated to documenting the urgency of the AIDS epidemic in African American communities. He died of HIV/AIDS in 1994.
Stay after the screening for a talkback discussion with K. Allen Campbell (Chair of the SC HIV Task Force Board of Directors and Chair of the SC MSM Workgroup), Gerald McNair (Adodi Advisory Board Member), and Nathaniel Naomi Simmons-Thorne (Center for Social Equity).
An experimental music video asserting a defiant homoeroticism of African American male sexuality.
Explores black male dreams and desires and is framed by the poetry of Essex Hemphill.
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret)
A poetic and intimate film presenting moving testimonials and portraits of five black gay men.
Marlon Riggs' essay film Tongues Untied gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry, music, performance and Riggs' autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well as its fierce response to oppression. It opened up opportunities for dialogue among and across communities.
Tongues Untied has been lauded by critics for its vision and its bold aesthetic advances, and vilified by anti-gay forces who used it to condemn government funding of the arts. It was even denounced from the floor of Congress.
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became a confidante, aide-de-camp, and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male—and female—stars. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning, and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities—straight and gay–for decades.
In 2012, he finally spilled his secrets in the New York Times best-selling memoir Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, which revealed a dramatic, pre-Stonewall alternate history of Hollywood. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them. This cinéma-vérité documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) tells his story, as well as presents eye-opening takes on icons from the Hollywood Golden Age including Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and many more.
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer.