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Remembering Helen Hill

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Winter 2016-17

Media Education at the Nick

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Black Stories

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Issue 007


ABOVE: Come Around My Way student, 2016

Executive Director LE T TER FROM THE

January will mark the 10th

have their work shown on the

anniversary of my joining the

largest screens possible with

staff of the Nickelodeon. At

the most pristine equipment

the time, we had no idea that

available instead might find

2007 would also mark a dra-

their work being consumed

matic shift in our field, and

on a tiny screen during

arguably our entire culture,

someone’s commute to work.

through the introduction of the iPhone. In a rather short period of time, the role of the movie theater, the media arts center, and the film distributor were condensed into a device that nearly all of us carry with us everywhere we go. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center 68% of American adults now own a smartphone, and among 18-29 year olds that number

"The challenge

of being active makers and

tools of media production

Columbia Film Society (our

can result in the field being

legal name), we are launch-

simply passive

pushed in important new

ing a new venture, Indie Grits

directions. Even something

Labs, that will combine our

at the heart of all

as simple as vacation photos

education efforts with Indie

are now easily elevated to

Grits. Through this, we will

moving image montages.

further our commitment to

viewers, and not consumers, lies

of our education

supporting the filmmakers

programs and

In recognition of the rapidly

and artists in our community

changing ways in which we

while also utilizing their

create, share and consume

knowledge and creativity

further"

media, the Nickelodeon has

to grow our education

deepened its investment

programs. The coming years

in media education over

will see the rollout of a range

disturbing and fascinating.

On the other hand, the tech-

the last several years. The

of innovative Indie Grits Labs

We’ve all sat through

nology opens up seemingly

challenge of being active

programs that mobilize the

frustrating “conversations”

endless possibilities. The

makers and viewers, and not

talent in our creative commu-

with someone who is clearly

shocking live-streams of

simply passive consumers,

nity to address the needs that

paying more attention to

police violence and insider

lies at the heart of all of our

surround us. We can’t wait to

their Twitter feed than to

glimpses of political protests

education programs and now

get started.

what you’re saying, or

offer hints of a new form

we’re ready to take this even

begrudgingly crowded

of citizen journalism. Films

further.

together in front of someone’s

like Tangerine, shot entirely

selfie stick for a group photo.

on an iPhone, show that

Working together with the

Filmmakers who aspired to

democratizing access to the

board of directors of the

is a staggering 86%. The results of this dramatic increase in access to media tools have been at once

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now we're ready

to take this even

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Letter from the Executive Director


Staff Andy Smith

Jessa Gaitor

Seth Gadsden

Anna Weller

Carrie Grebenc

Charlotte Johnston

Kaitlin McKnight

Theater Staff

Executive Director Managing Director Development Manager Operations Manager

Pedro LopezDeVictoria Programming Coord.

Savannah Taylor

Asst. Theater Manager Projectionist/Theater Staff

Quereshi Breaux

Steffi Brinkmann

Designer/Interactive Coord.

Bree Burchfield

Development Asst./ Programming Coord.

Alice Lith

Amada Torruella

Mahkia Greene

Adam Hoffbauer Torres Perkins

Education Instructor

Jessa Ross

Marketing Asst.

Adrian Williams

Pauline Arroyo

Sean Shoppell

Deborah Adedokun

Tobey Wilson

Interns Sarah Nichols

Board of Directors

Laura Smith

John P. Boyd

Asst. Theater Manager

Dalia Hussein

Anna Weller

Volunteers Adrian Addison

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Happenings

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Black Stories

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Special Screenings & Events

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Remembering Helen Hill

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Media Education: Where Are We Going?

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Sound & Vision

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Foreign Focus

Lynn Stokes­- Murray

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Indie Grits: Visiones

Nick Mag Designer:

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First Friday Lowbrow

President

Tracy Jones

Vice-President

Chris Controne Treasurer

Lemuel Watson

Veronica Addison

Secretary

Maddie Bennett

Judy Battiste

Barb Burton Maris Burton Zach Cardwell Sandi Castillo Jacory Frazier Cederick Gibbs Toure Greene Gayle Hazzard Lee Heckle Joe Kyle Tim Liszewski Caesar Nieto Justin Price Debria Robinson Mary Rogers Kara Shavo Maya Tisdale Maria Walrath

Contents

Asst. Theater Manager

Debbie Cohn Amos Disasa Nikky Finney Toby Goodlett Sam Johnson Melanie Joseph Robert Mason Scott Middleton Anne Postic James E. Smith Jr. Scottie Smith

Savannah Taylor

Nick Mag Editor:

Kristin Morris

Bart Walrath Debbie Yerkes The Nick serves Columbia, SC, as a focal point for critical dialogue anchored by films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy and aspirations of its community. A center for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nick provides its community the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety.

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Happenings by Pauline Arroyo

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Nickelodeon Membership ‘Tis the season of giving! What better gift than movies? With a Nickelodeon Theatre Membership, you receive a range of perks including complimentary tickets, discounts, and free popcorn! Call in, go online, or drop by the theatre to buy a membership for a loved one (or yourself)!

Holiday Series

Holiday Series We love tradition, but that

Wonderful Life and Miracle

can mean many different

on 34th Street (the original

things to many different

from 1947), and we’ll also

people. Some families enjoy

have screenings of Scrooged,

coming to the Nick every

starring Bill Murray, and

year and watching It’s a

Jingle All the Way starring

Wonderful Life with the

Arnold Schwarzenegger

kids and grandkids. Other

and Sinbad. We’ll see you

folks want to catch up with

in December with tons of

friends who are home for

popcorn and hot cocoa.

the holidays, grab a beer and watch something a little

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more irreverent. We love being a part of your holiday tradition, wherever you fall within those experiences. host screenings of It’s a

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FRANK CAPRA

1947. USA. 130 min. PG. Sat December 17, 12:00 PM Sun December 18, 3:00 PM

Miracle on 34th Street

GEORGE SEATON

1947. USA. 96 min. NR. Mon December 19, 6:30 PM Sat December 24, 12:00 PM

Jingle All the Way

Scrooged

1996. USA. 89 min. PG. Sun December 11, 6:00 PM

1988. USA. 101 min. PG-13. Thur December 22, 6:00 PM

BRIAN LEVANT

This year we’ll (of course)

It’s a Wonderful Life

RICHARD DONNER

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Happenings by Pauline Arroyo

DOUBLE FEATURE:

Groundhog Day & Groundhog Day

THU FEBRUARY 02, 8:00PM & 10:00PM

Once the holiday season blows over, it’s easy for winter to turn into the same day playing on repeat of bitter cold with no promise of spring blooming. Best way to combat those winter blues? A double screening of the Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell classic about a news man who goes to report on

CLASS: How to Tell a Story Through Podcasting CL ASSES BEGIN TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07

Puxatony Phil and ends up getting stuck living the same day over and over again.

Red Carpet Awards Party

We’re living in a post “Serial” world and whether or not you listened to the podcast, it undoubtedly brought

SUN FEBRUARY 26, 7:45PM

audio storytelling back to center stage. Podcasts are

We’re coming up on the most wonderful time of the year again! That’s right, award season is just around the corner and what’s an award ceremony without a viewing party? Join us for a night of glamour, libations, and some good old-fashioned cheeky,

a wonderful avenue for accessible, engaging story telling, so why not share your story? We will be offering a four day course in February

always hilarious, commentary!

on learning how to write and produce your own narrative

Hosted by the inimitable Larry Hembree and Patti O'Furniture.

podcast. Instructor Cooper

Tickets at nickelodeon.org

McKim will teach you how to write scripts for audio, prepare for interviews, produce sound, and plan story structures.

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MAGIC HOUR PRESENTS:

Photos courtesy of Michael Dantzler

Valley Maker WED JANUARY 4, 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Magic Hour has developed an affectionate niche at the Nick as a space for artistic experimentation both as makers and audience members. For this edition, Magic Hour presents SC native, Austin Crane who has come to amaze the nation with his minimalist, contemplative music under the moniker Valley Maker. On the verve of his latest release, “When I Was A Child,” he is touring the country with a set of intimate solo shows. Come to explore the mysterious beauty in life, love and

CLASS: Intro to Digital Photography

death, faith and doubt, time and space. Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of the show.

CL ASSES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08

Back by popular demand, Michael Dantzler’s Intro to Digital Photography class will return in February. Bring your DSLR or compact camera to One Columbia and get to know its capabilities, all the way from the auto settings you’re more comfortable with, to the wide world of manual. Truly learning how to use your digital camera can help you create high quality indoor and outdoor photographs, and engage your creative potential! $90 for members, $120 for nonmembers.

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February 2017

BLACK STORIES

The Nickelodeon and SC Humanities have teamed up for Black Stories, a series that honors Black history and culture with film screenings and critical discussion. by Amada Torruella

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Black Stories captures

with other issues such as the

With the passing of time, we

moments that serve as

Vietnam War and the series of

find several chapters in the

milestones for an entire

political awakenings occur-

struggle for African American

movement and explores

ring all over the world. In the

civil rights that have marked

them from a local and global

1960’s and 70’s international

society. One defining moment

perspective. The series starts

journalists documented

is encapsulated in Fruitvale

with Freedom Riders, a

the Black Power movement.

Station. Ryan Coogler’s

documentary that retraces

With the accompaniment of

sensitive direction allows

the strides made by activists

present-day voice narrations

audiences to get to know

as they defied segregation

from artists and musicians

Oscar Grant III, a young

laws by riding interstate

such as Erykah Badu and

African American man who

buses in 1961 through the

Ahmir Questlove Thompson,

was fatally shot in January

American South.

The Black Power Mixtape

2009 by police. As the Village

1967-1975 tells a story of

Voice wrote in 2013, "Coogler

The international community

pride and resilience as it

dramatizes Oscar's last day

understood that the civil

compiles essential scenes

by choosing not to dramatize

rights challenges in the

shot by Swedish journalists,

it: The events unfold casually,

United States were central to

framing the events that gave

without any particular

and deeply interconnected

birth to a movement.

scheme. And yet because we

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Black Stories

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PRE VIOUS: Freedom Riders, 2010

know how this story will end, there's a shivery, understated tension running beneath." The series concludes with The Fits. This film tells us the story of Toni, played by the mesmerizing Royalty Hightower. We get to know Toni as she struggles to fit in with her school’s all-girl dance group. The Fits plays with your imagination and immerses you in a profound love for what women represent in our universe. Anna Rose Holmer’s direction

ABOVE: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, 2011

"Black Stories

the story unravels quickly as

Thanks to the partnership

captures

the girls on the dance team

with SC Humanities, we are

start having inexplicable

pleased to present all film

seizures. The sense of mystery

screenings for free to the

that serve as

created by these "fits" serves

public so our community can

as a metaphor for the lack of

come together to learn more

understanding that society

about key chapters in history,

for an entire

has about what it means to

honor Black leaders, reflect

be a woman of color. The

on current challenges that

which we will

film possesses pure magic

concern all of us and discover

and celebrates the power

characters that inspire us.

moments

milestones

movement,

explore from a

and worth of women of color,

perspective."

film essential viewing and a

local and global

which is something we rarely see in the media, making this perfect way to wrap up our Black Stories series.

is measured and detailed, but

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c o l u m b i a j e w i s h f i l m festival

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SCHEDULE

Freedom Riders

More information at

Stanley Nelson 2010. USA. 117 min. NR.

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 6, 6:30 PM

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Gรถran Hugo Olsson 2011. USA. Sweden. 100 min. NR.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 13, 6:30 PM February 2017

Fruitvale Station

ALL SCREENINGS ARE PRESENTED FOR FREE.

Ryan Coogler

2013. USA. 85 min. R.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 20, 6:30 PM

The Fits

Anna Rose Holmer 2015. USA. 72 min. NR.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 27, 6:30 PM

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Special Screenings & Events

Dec

AT THE WAR MOUTH December 05

p. 20

Jingle all the Way

HOLIDAY SERIES

HOLIDAY SERIES

December 17 & 18

p. 08

Miracle on 34th Street

HOLIDAY SERIES

December 19 & 24

p. 08

December 11

p. 08

Jan

Education Fundraiser

It's a Wonderful Life

Our Little Sister

Mon Roi

FOREIGN FOCUS

FOREIGN FOCUS

January 11

December 14

p. 25

p. 25

Magic Hour Presents: Valley Maker January 04

p. 10

Gimme Shelter

SOUND & VISION January 28

p. 23

The Mutilator

FIRST FRIDAY LOWBROW January 06

p. 30 Limo Ride December 01

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2

Scrooged

HOLIDAY SERIES December 22

p. 08

Helen Hill Retrospective Screening January 10

p. 17

FIRST FRIDAY LOWBROW December 02

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Special Screenings & Events


Shakespeare in Love

VALENTINE'S SCREENING

Ebola Syndrome

FIRST FRIDAY LOWBROW February 03

p. 30

Groundhog Day & Groundhog Day February 02

p. 09

Fruitvale Station

BLACK STORIES February 20

p. 11

Magic Hour III: Love February 23

Mar

Feb

February 14

Buio Omega

FIRST FRIDAY LOWBROW March 03

p. 30

Red Carpet Awards Party

Fire at Sea

p. 09

p. 25

February 26

FOREIGN FOCUS March 08

Freedom Riders

BLACK STORIES February 06

p. 11

Rams

FOREIGN FOCUS February 08

p. 25

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

BLACK STORIES

The Fits

BLACK STORIES February 27

p. 11

SOUND & VISION March 25

p. 23

February 13

p. 11

Special Screenings & Events

Tupac: Resurrection

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Remembering Helen Hill

BY LAURA KISSEL Associate Professor of Media Arts and Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina

"YOU DON’T NEED LOTS OF MONEY OR THE LATEST DIGITAL GIZMO TO MAKE A GOOD FILM. YOU JUST NEED A GOOD IDEA."

– from the animated film "Madame Winger Makes a Film" by Helen Hill (1970-2007)

Columbia native Helen Hill was a gifted filmmaker and storyteller, but she was also a teacher who brought people together to learn about animation and filmmaking. In classes she taught in the U.S. and Canada, Helen introduced many to the art, history and technique of animation with film. She taught in a range of classrooms—at traditional institutions like the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and at community art centers like the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative in Halifax and the New Orleans Center for Creative Art. She offered film workshops at

LEF T: Still from Madame Winger Makes a Film, 2001.

the YMCA and held “film bees” in her home in New

ABOVE: Page from Recipes for Disaster: A Handcrafted Film Booklet, 2001. Still from Madame Winger Makes a Film, 2001.

Orleans, using her front parlor as a studio classroom. Tables filled the room and were covered with colorful nickelodeon.org

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LEF T: Florestine Collection process drawing, 2011. BELOW: Stills from The Florestine Collection, 2011. Helen Hill painting on 16mm film, 2011. Photo by John Porter.

filmmaking projects and supplies. There were scraps of film leader, splicers, tape and a projector for screening finished works; but also sand, glitter nail polish and ink, needle and thread— perfect tools for marking and drawing to produce camera-less animation, or for designing backgrounds and piecing together the arms, heads and legs of

all, how to be authentic and have a great deal of fun. Students loved watching Helen assemble these screenings and materials together in a mix that was decidedly her own. Her enthusiasm was matched by her clothing; she wore creatively put together dresses and brightly colored tights and spoke in a slightly lilting but rather unplace-

cutout puppets.

able accent. Helen’s students

In Helen’s classroom there

she showed them, and they

delighted in her, in the films

were always screenings— VHS tapes and DVDs with films on them that artists around the world had shared with her; the works of friends screened alongside the films of master animators from Eastern Europe and beyond. There was often a screening of Helen’s colorful Madame Winger Makes A Film (2001), an instructional animated film narrated by eccentric Southern belle, Madame Winger, who explains the filmmaking process—how to load a 16mm Bolex, a Super8 cartridge, recognize different film gauges, process and fix a film in your bathtub—and most of Remembering Helen Hill

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Helen Hill Retrospective

thrived in the classroom communities she designed and nurtured. Remarkably, before Helen’s students would gather for class in Halifax, she would call each of them the night before to tell them

ON JANUARY 10TH AT 7PM WE WILL HOST A RE TROSPEC TIVE OF HELEN HILL’S WORK .

how much she was looking forward to seeing them the next day. Quite simply, Helen loved animation and opening everyone up to its magic;

Please join us as we celebrate the

Helen’s students loved her,

filmmaker who we are proud to have

and the magic.

as the namesake for our education program and continue her legacy

Many artists and makers

through working with young filmmakers.

teach their skills to others. Helen was inspired

For more information

by animation in the 5th

and tickets head to:

grade at Brennan Elementary

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by visiting filmmaker Stan Woodward; after his workshop, she produced

the best advice at the end

her first Super 8 animation,

of Madame Winger Makes

The House of Sweet Magic

a Film, “Please remember

(1981). Several of Helen’s

that it is a good idea behind

own students now teach

a film, and not fancy

in universities and art

technology or a big budget

centers. And many filmmakers

that makes a great film. In

continue to learn from the

this new century of changing

DIY filmmaking book she

digital technology, you may

assembled from filmmaker

want to hide out in your own

contributions, Recipes for

homemade film lab bomb

Disaster: A Handcrafted Film

shelter, or you might take the

Booklet (2001; revised 2004

barest of materials into your

and 2005).

kitchen and make a lovely little flick about something

Teaching and learning,

you love. Filmmaking is fun,

filmmaking and community;

so get going!”

these things go hand-inhand. Helen Hill knew this

Sincere thanks to Heather

intuitively and she built a

Harkins and Courtney Egan,

rich life around these efforts.

Helen’s former students and

Helen’s Madame Winger

friends, for sharing their

offers aspiring media makers

memories about Helen’s life

ABOVE: Portrait of Helen Hill, 1993. Page from Recipes for Disaster: A Handcrafted Film Booklet, 2001. LEF T: Still from Madame Winger Makes a Film, 2001

as an educator. nickelodeon.org

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In assessing the state of education at the Nickelodeon, I began by asking instructors to describe some of their highest moments while teaching. It was apparent through their responses our education program is most successful when young students find empowerment and self-realization through storytelling.

Media Education:

While our programs are designed to teach 21st century media literacy and media production skills spanning a wide range of techniques and approaches to filmmaking, the driving force behind that design is the goal of transforming

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

students into critical viewers and thinkers of our growing and ever present screen

BY SETH GADSDEN

culture. These skills enable

Director of Indie Grits Labs

and seize control over the

students to recognize narratives defining their lives. To achieve these goals I

"There’s a lot of power and possibility in creating a space where young people have the opportunity to fail, to make mistakes, to learn through trial-and-error. It’s sort of taking back this feeling of being a failure and learning more about becoming empowered by the failure to conform."

set out to combine two of the Nick’s fastest growing programs: filmmaker/artist services and education. The rise of dedicated visual arts programming in Indie Grits has strengthened our relationship with local and regional media makers. Investing in these artists financially, helping them

– Keyes, 2015-16 TakeBreakMake Instructor

grow professionally, and keeping their talents in our city, we have invited

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them to be instructors and curriculum developers. The result has been a new experimental environment for creating educational programs that we are now calling Indie Grits Labs. Working with emerging media makers, Indie Grits Labs students gain access to fresh ideas and contemporary perspectives from working artists. Together they are creating spaces where each can learn and grow, achieve successes and embrace failures. Keyes, a videomaker and current doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University, is an excellent example of a young artist working with us to build new education programs. Now in its second year, Keyes created and developed TakeBreakMake into an after school program that explores new modes of storytelling with a focus on contemporary queer media and the history of queer youth culture. ”It was an experience of learning how to teach and teaching how to learn for the whole year,” said Keyes. “I was working with a group of students who for the most part had strived very hard not to fail. Not failure in terms of grades, but trying so hard not to fail at passing for someone they were not. And it was this moment, nickelodeon.org


discussing ‘the queer art of failure’ that for the first time, they learned there was power in not conforming to the expectations society sets out for us.” Come Around My Way is an afterschool program in its fourth year at C.A. Johnson High School. Working in documentary and experimental modes of filmmaking, students at the predominantly black, innercity school produced some of the most accomplished and diverse documentary

"The impact has been clear. The Nickelodeon served over 300 students and worked with over twenty local artists in our media education programs last year."

through Indie Grits Labs, we’re preparing to expand

RIGHT, BELOW: Come Around

this roster again through

My Way after school program, 2016. Instructor Mahkia Greene.

more filmmaking workshops for students and adults, summer camps, field trip programs and residencies. This has all been made possible through support from funders like the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Nord Family Foundation, Alliance for Full Acceptance, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, Richland School District One, and private

films in the program to date

donors including Becky and

under the instruction of Josh

Kevin Lewis.

Yates, our 2015-16 filmmaker in residence and Indie Grits

The new program for W.A.

Waterlines artist.

Perry Middle School is called

Building on the successes of

De Victoria developed the

last school year, we began looking for ways to deepen our relationship with C.A. Johnson and the surrounding community. Rather than expand the program at the high school level, or replicate it in another community, we decided to develop a new program in a middle school whose students feed into C.A. Johnson to see if we can foster media literacy and leadership skills in students before they reach our high-school program.

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Reading Media. Pedro Lopez

I recently hired Adrian Williams to join our part time theater staff. Within his first few months on the job he

curriculum for this new,

has assisted with a Reading

experimental year-long

Movies field trip program and

afterschool program that

co-taught a PSA filmmaking

fosters critical viewing, thinking and writing skills for all forms of screen culture including contemporary and historical films, music videos, news programs, commer-

workshop to a group of middle school students. It is remarkable because I first met this USC media arts sophomore four years ago in a small classroom at C.A.

cials and documentaries.

Johnson as a part of our first cohort of Come Around

The impact has been clear. The Nickelodeon served over 300 students and worked with over twenty local artists in our media education

My Way students. To see his potential growth as a leader in our education program and our community gives me hope that we are on the right

programs last year. Now,

path.

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H ELP S H AP E TH E F U TU R E O F I N D I E G R I T S L AB S ' I N N O VATI VE W O R K BY AT TEN D I N G O U R

Education Fundraiser Sponsored by John and Nancy Freeman with

additional support from Mike and Julie Brenan

FE ATURING Screenings of past student work Plans for Indie Grits Labs Food and signature cocktail from The War Mouth Music from the Sunrise Jazz Ensemble

Monday, Dec 5, 2016

6-9 PM

AT

A Silent auction! Auction items include a private event rental at the Nick, an autographed boxed set by Nikky Finney, signed artwork by Michael Krajewski, and much more!

The War Mouth

1 2 0 9 F R AN K LI N S T C O LUMBI A , S C

Tickets are $40 each and are available at nickelodeon.org or by calling 803-254-8234

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SOUND & VISION Sound & Vision, a new series

1969 Altamont Speedway

and recited poetry, this film

launching in January, brings

Free Concert, the Rolling

illustrates the tragedy and

together siblings of form

Stones are seen on and

triumph of one of the most

through a new music docu-

off-stage within the context of

beloved hip hop emcees of all

mentary series in partnership

a concert that induced four

time. Not only is this con-

with DRIP (records). In

births, four deaths, and a

sidered the most exhaustive

addition to screening both

local chapter of Hell's Angels

doc in regards to his story,

repertory and contemporary

hired on as security.

it features a soundtrack

music docs, local bands will perform live before each film, bringing a bit more action to everyone's Saturday night. Each act will be chosen according to their relevance to the film, which, thanks to the eclecticism of Columbia's robust music scene, will be no challenge. The first two films in the series differ in terms of subject and form. The series kicks off in January with Gimme Shelter,

"In addition to screening both repertory and contemporary music docs, local bands will perform live before each film, bringing a bit more action to everyone's Saturday night."

the Maysles Brothers' 1970

That screening is followed

masterpiece. A model of verite

up in March with Tupac:

filmmaking, this film is a

Resurrection, a documentary

potent document of America's

directed by Lauren Lazin that

1960s counterculture

examines the life and career

and its painful recession.

of mythic rap artist Tupac

Unexpectedly capturing the

Shakur. Using interviews,

madness and violence of the

home movies, photographs,

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BY PEDRO LOPEZ DE VICTORIA

so packed, it has its own Wikipedia page. The marriage between two art forms can only remind us of a sentiment crooned by the late great David Bowie - that we be ever thankful for the gift of sound and vision.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DRIP (RECORDS)

Sound & vision


Gimme Shelter

LIVE INTRO PERFORMANCE BY DEBBIE AND THE SKANK S Albert & David Maysles 1970. USA. 91 min. R.

SAT JANUARY 28, 10:30PM

Tupac: Resurrection

LIVE INTRO PERFORMANCE BY FREE SOCIE T Y HIP HOP COLLECTIVE Lauren Lazin 2003. USA. 112 min. R.

SAT MARCH 25, 10:30PM

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BY A M A DA T O R R U E L L A , S E R I E S C U R AT O R

As a place for cultural enrichment, we understand how essential it is to expose our audiences to different realities and perspectives. The Foreign Focus winter programming will showcase an array of stories from an explosive marriage to a strong sisterhood; from family relationships in an Icelandic landscape to the refugee crisis on the Italian coast. December will kick-off the winter line-up with France’s Mon Roi, an intimate and thrilling portrait of long-term relationships. While at rehab after suffering a skiing accident, Toni has several flashbacks from her time with Georgio, brilliantly played by Vincent Cassel. Her rehabilitation can easily be interpreted as a metaphor for the time we all need, in order to heal and pick up the pieces leftover from a chaotic love affair. When passion is intense, the lines between love and dependence get easily blurred and director Maïwenn masterfully showcases the various facets of a deep relationship, as well as the state of vulnerability all of us fear when in love.

decide to adopt and raise their teenage stepsister, making for an unconventional home where a strong bond among women reigns. Adapted from Akimi Yoshida's serialized manga comic, writer and filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda focuses on the story of a sisterhood, a story where the passion these women have for life outweighs their search for romance. In March we will explore the vast Icelandic countryside through Rams, a tale of family conflicts, brotherly love, and sheep. Grímur Hákonarson shares an odd story filled with humor and charm. Two estranged brothers manage to set their differences aside to save their flock of sheep and keep their farm secure. We will end the winter with Gianfranco Rosi’s moving documentary and Italy’s official 2017 Oscar submission: Fire at Sea. Rosi transports us to Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive to find a safe haven. The refugee crisis has completely shaken our world on a political, socio-economic and environmental scale, and

January unveils a small treasure: Our Little Sister, a wonderful Japanese film that captures the moments of happiness

through powerful visual storytelling, Rosi sheds light on one of the key chapters in this historic exodus.

and anguish of three adult sisters who

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M O N RO I MAÏWENN 2015. FRANCE. 124 MIN. NR. IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

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OUR LITTLE SISTER HIROKAZU KOREEDA 2 0 1 5 . J A PA N . 1 2 8 M I N . P G . I N J A PA N E S E W I T H E N G L I S H SUBTITLES.

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GRÍMUR HÁKONARSON. 2015. ICELAND. 93 MIN. R. IN ICELANDIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

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APRIL 20-23, 2017

I have been an immigrant

explored cultural dissonance,

culturally and artistically,

since the moment my family

identity and relationships

I’ve spent much of my time

fled El Salvador’s civil war

with otherness.

connecting with other Latinxs in Columbia. I’ve

in the late 1980’s. Migration

BY AMADA TORRUELLA, VISIONES CO-CURATOR

Hapenings

has always been a huge part

I was lucky to find stable

been inspired by many

of who I am and has deeply

ground at the Nick where

organizations along the way

affected the way I see the

I started as a volunteer at

such as Palmetto Luna Arts,

world. In 2014 my husband

the 2014 Indie Grits. The

whose work in the community

was accepted into the

Nickelodeon has provided me

is invaluable. I realized early

University of South Carolina’s

with numerous experiences

on that Palmetto Luna could

biochemistry program and

and opportunities. Above

play a critical role in our next

we moved to Columbia,

all the organization has

Indie Grits venture. Palmetto

where he became the only

introduced me to community

Luna’s mission is to foster an

Latino PhD candidate in the

leaders, colleagues, artists,

understanding of Hispanic/

department. We moved far

Nick members, and volun-

Latino culture by promoting

away from our friends and

teers, who have taught me

artistic creation and

family to start over again,

the tremendous role art plays

generating spaces of cultural

to adapt and to make sense

in a community. The Visiones

expression for the community

of a new life. During my first

theme continued to evolve

in the state. As their Executive

few months in Columbia I

when I began collaborating

Director Ivan Segura explains,

struggled to find my place in

with Pedro Lopez De Victoria

“The Latino community in

the community and writing

a Puerto Rican musician,

South Carolina has long been

was key in helping me make

co-worker and creative

an underserved community.

sense of things. It was during

partner at the Nickelodeon.

Latinos experience several barriers to access educa-

this time that the Visiones theme began to grow from

As a Salvadoran working for

tional, social and health care

my observations, personal

an organization that seeks to

services. The opportunities to

pieces and poems that

make its environment thrive

participate in artistic

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endeavors are even more

Viva Columbia and Appleseed

Visiones is about delving into

limited. During the last 10

Legal Justice Center. Visiones

the dream world of the Latinx

years, our organization has

is also about pushing the city

community. It’s about weav-

been developing artistic pro-

of Columbia to deepen its

ing together aspirations and

gramming to build a bridge

cultural exchange with Latin

stories interconnecting Latinx

between Latino artistry and

America. Over the past few

minds. It’s about magnifying

American culture.” The more

months, the Nick has built

Latinx experiences. It’s also

I work with Ivan and the

international relationships

about showcasing new works

Palmetto Luna board, the

with the Consulate of Mexico

of art that defy stereotypes

more I’ve come to realize how

in Raleigh and the Oaxaca

and celebrate Latin American

far our partnership could take

Film Festival in Mexico that

culture. Community has the

our community. Together we

will help shape the 2017

power to generate positive

will strengthen the creative

festival. Through this journey,

shifts in today’s narratives

platform for Latinxs across

Indie Grits has also created

and in April 2017 we will

South Carolina.

alliances with leaders in the

come together to transform

Southeastern filmmaking

those narratives. Honoring

For the Visiones project,

community such as O Cinema

Latinx heritage is important,

Indie Grits has also joined

Miami and Austin Film Society,

making our stories and

forces with other local

allowing for us to expand our

dreams visible is a must.

organizations such as PASOS,

filmmaking network.

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