For the Record


In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism.

Recognizing the important role that history plays in shaping our communities, this season the Nickelodeon invites you to join us for thought-provoking films and conversations about the forces that mediate our encounters with the past and influence our decisions for the future.

Special thanks to our series sponsors, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes.


Feb 11

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, the documentary will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future. The screening will be followed by an engaging panel discussion with Dr. Thaddeus Jones, owner of Fanatik Productions, an independent multimedia company in Columbia and Ms. Mahkia Greene, Media Education Manager, Indie Grits Lab.

Part of For The Record series | screening Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30pm.

Mar 10

Hail Satan?

Satanic, manic, or... "humanic?" When members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. Charming, funny, and thought-provoking, this Sundance entry shows us that sometimes even the most misunderstood among us can positively influence social change...and the merits of keeping an open mind.

Screening Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30pm as part of our For The Record series.