These days, the media finds itself often defending reported facts accused of being “fake.”
“For the Record,” a new movie series at the Nickelodeon Theatre, examines how and when images are accepted as fact with a combination of new and classic documentary films.
“Through the series, the Nickelodeon hopes to build upon Indie Grits Labs’ Media Literacy programs to facilitate a broader public dialogue about facts, reliability and media,” said Alison Kozberg, director of the Nickelodeon. “While some films presented in the series will be highly topical – directly engaged with the headlines of the day – others will showcase more personal stories and highlight the important roles that home movies, memory and oral history continue to play in documentary film.”
In a world of 24-hour news, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. The Nickelodeon is showing movies that will encourage thought and conversation about that.
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“One of the essential ideas behind this series is that of media literacy, which is the concept of not just receiving content (media/news) but understanding it and, more urgently, understanding its source, motivation, and biases,” Kozberg said. “Media literacy is an important cornerstone in our education programs, but we also believe it should be a part of our film programming.
“We live in a of 24-hour news cycle where we’re constantly being hit by information from every angle and the question of ‘is this real’ is being raised. This isn’t a new question; it’s one that’s been brought up when talking about documentaries since the beginning. It’s just gained a larger platform now. Because of this heightened media climate, we thought it was an opportune moment to facilitate these conversations.”
Each film is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.
Here are the first three movies scheduled in the series.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5
Summary: Composed of footage culled from the news media, phones and produced by the filmmakers themselves, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Capturing resistance from the perspective of the people who live it, the film captures how the actions of parents, artists and teachers inspired a global movement.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3
Summary: Set in the crumbling East Hampton mansion of Big and Little Edie Beale, the estranged high-society cousins of Jackie Onassis, “Grey Gardens” is the ultimate documentary cult classic, beloved for its unruly protagonists, innovative approach to direct cinema and bold outsider fashions (which have inspired runway shows, magazine spreads, and a generation of drag performers). It looks at how the presence of a camera transforms the behavior of its subjects.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7
Summary: In 1962 labor activist Dolores Huerta joined César Chavez to found the National Farm Workers Association, one step of many in the ongoing battle for workers rights. Though she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, many of Huerta’s contributions to social justice remain under-recognized. A devoted feminist, labor leader and advocate for Mexican-Americans, Huerta devoted her life to empowering the disempowered and spearheading social change. Drawing on a rich archive and selection of thoughtful interviews, this new film sheds light on the inspiring work of a historic figure.