Programming, Events, Announcement

ReelTalk series pulls community together

We don’t just show movies at The Nick. We pull the community together to talk about them, in ways that enrich the whole community.

You’ll see that happen Monday night, Aug. 28, with the next installment of a series of programs we’re calling “ReelTalk.”

On that night, we’ll have a one-time showing of “Stay Awake,” co-sponsored by LRADAC – more formally known as Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council – in recognition of September being National Recovery Month.

Tickets are free, but The Nick expects a full house, so reserve your seats.

Stay Awake” is a 2022 drama about two brothers who try their best to navigate the pressures of teenage life while tending to their mother’s debilitating prescription drug addiction. It’s the first film by Jamie Sisley. “The filmmaker reached out to us directly,” said Nickelodeon Executive Director Sumner Bender, “and we reached out to LRADAC.”

LRADAC has assembled a panel discussion for after the showing, featuring:

  • Sisley, who wrote and directed the film.
  • Nicole Deems, director of clinical advancement at LRADAC.
  • Julie Cole, of Julie Cole Counseling, Coaching & Consulting, LLC.
  • John Brunty, recovery coach and LRADAC Foundation Board member.

“We love doing this type of event to engage the community,” said Robbie Robertson, director of communications at LRADAC. “The recovery process typically involves family members, and they go through a lot in the process, too. This movie sounded like it really does a great job of talking about everyone involved, and we hope to offer good advice to all those wonderful caregivers as well as those in recovery.”

After this ReelTalk: Community Impact program, we have two other special events coming up soon under the related heading of ReelTalk: Docuseries:

  • 12 – The premiere of SCETV’s “The World of Cecil,” presented in partnership with SCETV, with a panel after.
  • 28 – “Amy,” a documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, also presented in observance of National Recovery Month.
  • 8 – “Bella! This Woman’s Place is in The House” – a documentary of the woman regarded as one of the first feminists to be elected to Congress. S.C. Rep. Heather Bauer and others will be “in the house” to participate in a panel.

And ReelTalk isn’t all we have coming up. Other special events coming up in the next few weeks include:

  • 7 – On First Thursday, award-winning Columbia mystery author Raegan Teller will be signing books outside the theater.
  • 18 through Oct. 9 – We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by showing four films, one each Monday night: “Maria Full of Grace,” “Frida,” “Buena Vista Social Club,” and “Gloria.”

Again, The Nick isn’t just a theater that shows great films you can’t see anywhere else in the Midlands. We’re a place where a whole community gets together, dives deep into issues, and grows closer.