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Nickelodeon appeals to diverse audience with fall event lineup

Indie Grits - Friday April 17, 2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Indie Grits - Friday April 17, 2015 Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford

Journalists, female filmmakers and others will share their knowledge, talents and creations at the Nickelodeon Theatre as part of the theater’s fall 2016 event lineup.

In addition to showing a number of films throughout the fall months, the Nickelodeon’s upcoming fall calendar will also offer a number of festivals and special events, centering on two new big events that are coming to the Nickelodeon.

“We're planning two big events this fall that are really exciting,” Nickelodeon marketing manager Kristin Morris said. “Both are responding to the events that we're talking about almost on a daily basis. The first is a politically themed series called ‘Nick for America.’ The second event we're planning is a weekend festival called ‘Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers.’”

“Nick for America,” the theater’s first major event of the fall, will take place the first four Mondays in October and will feature a different film each week. Films include “A Face in the Crowd,” “The War Room” and other selections. 

“We're partnering with Columbia's alternative weekly, ‘Free Times,’ to curate a four film series about elections and politics,” Morris said. “Andy Shain, editor at ‘Free Times’ will moderate a post-­film discussion with local journalists on the talk back panels.”

The “Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers” festival — the second big event in the theater’s fall lineup ­­— will be hosted at the Nick and at other venues around Columbia from Nov. 11­-13.

The event is being held in honor of the 25th anniversary of “Daughters of the Dust” by Julie Dash, "the first feature-­length directed by an African-American woman to receive theatrical distribution."

“The Nick will invite and welcome to Columbia a select group of emerging female filmmakers to be selected by the Nick’s staff,” Morris said. “The festival will feature two or three screenings of shorts, feature films, and documentaries per day, including two celebratory screening[s] of ‘Daughters of the Dust.’ Select screenings will include introductions, talk-­backs, and/or panel discussions with the invited filmmakers.”

Through films created by contemporary female filmmakers of color, the festival —­­ made possible with funding from USC —­­ will pay homage to Dash’s original film while also examining the impact that the film made on the arts scene.

The Nick will also hold a number of other events throughout the fall, including, on Sept. 24, a variety of special activities and a screening of “Time Bandits” in honor of National Art House Theater Day, an Oct. 25 event featuring USC film and media professor Evan Meaney entitled “Ghosts and Glitches: An Evening with Evan Meaney” and the Columbia Jewish Film Festival from Oct. 30­ - Nov. 15.

The varied programming offered by the Nick is the perfect addition to the arts scene of a college town such as Columbia, giving events for a wide range of students to look forward to in the fall.

“I think the goal [our] programming achieves is that we impact a diverse group of communities in Columbia and the Midlands,” Morris said.