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Columbia Film Society Annual Report


Columbia Film Society Annual Report

A Letter from the Directors

In 1979, two University of South Carolina students created the Columbia Film Society and opened a theater on south Main Street so people could see interesting and diverse film. Forty years later, the Nickelodeon remains the marquee destination for local film lovers. Last year, our diverse offerings attracted 62,000 attendees. As media has changed over the last 40 years, so have we. Part of our evolving role is a commitment to media education through Indie Grits Labs. We served 1,700 students last year through in-school, after-school, and summer programs—equipping them with skills to critically consume media as well as to produce it.

Our community reach is also growing. We formalized our community partnership program, providing theater space to 18 groups that exhibited films and promoted discussions focused on their areas of expertise. We also grew participation in our community programming; community members curated three of our special film series last year, including Black Stories, OUT Here, and For the Record.

Indie Grits Labs (IGL) continues to deepen its connection to the North Main community with the creation of a local radio station that begins programming with local partners this year. In addition, IGL will extend its reach by expanding our media literacy programs into rural counties. Our reputation is growing outside of Columbia;  Indie Grits Film Festival (IGFF) was recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” We are especially pleased that several films produced by Indie Grits Labs are playing in festivals around the country, including the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia and the Academy-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival.

This growth is the perfect catalyst to help us prepare for a new strategic plan. We look forward to building on these successes and are eager to explore opportunities that will help us expand our reach, enhance community engagement, and increase our membership, whether through theater access, educational initiatives and, of course, unmatched programming.

P.S. — Don’t forget to circle your calendar for our next IGFF March 26-29!

PRESIDENT, BOard of directors
Columbia Film Society

Columbia film Society

Economic Impact


Indie Grits Labs

Indie Grits Labs


Originally built in 1940 by the Duke family and most recently occupied for over five years by the North Columbia Business Association, the two-story white house on the corner of Duke Avenue and Arlington Street is the first home of Indie Grits Labs (IGL).


In November of 2017, the staff at IGL and the Nickelodeon, along with many volunteers, began renovating the house, creating a contemporary, multi-function project space with an eye towards adaptability and community. We wanted a space that artists could utilize for many purposes including education, exhibition, performance, and gathering. Featuring a gallery, PrintLab, AudioLab, workshop, gathering spaces, offices, community kitchen, and a spacious yard, the IGL space is designed to evolve with each new project and education program.


Current and past IGL Fellows are empowered to drive the educational and public programming in the space, cultivating an artist-led, community-centered environment. Partner organizations are invited to host events, including professional development workshops, community talks, and dinners. By working together—staff, volunteers, partners, artists, and the community—1013 Duke Ave has become the foundation from which IGL serves communities through it’s three facets: media education, artist-driven projects, and the Indie Grits Film Festival.


Indie Grits Film Festival

The Indie Grits Film Festival is a 4-day event celebrating gritty,
contemporary culture of the Southeast through film, art, music, and bits.



14 Features, 17 Documentary shorts, 16 Narrative Shorts, 13 Documentary Features, 6 Animated Shorts, 15 Experimental Shorts, 12 Student Shorts, 21 Youth Media, 10 Music Videos 60% of films by women filmmakers.



19 bands and DJs
totaling over 50 musicians.



Rural Project

Films: 15
Art projects: 5

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Indie Bits celebrates independent interactive media— video games, board card games, and virtual reality.


Thank you to our sponsors


Bank of America
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
City of Columbia Ford Foundation // Just Films
International Paper
Mast General Store
National Endowment for the Arts
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
One Columbia for Arts & Culture
Richland County Government
The Whig


Rural Project

In 2018-2019 we focused on the issues facing small town and rural communities in the Southeast in the 21st century. The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. We will be identifying rural communities and rural-based artists in 2018-2019. By engaging the artists and community members in a collaborative incubator, the Rural Project will develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our community..


The Rural Project Fellows met monthly and participated in three weekend retreats to (1) explore issues facing small town and rural communities, including education, migration, access to healthy food, race, healthcare, and opportunities for advancement and (2) create new works of art that responded to those issues.

The Last Stand | Kelly Creedon | Durham, NC | Set in Orangeburg, SC, this documentary follows a battle over a Confederate Flag flying in the center of town in the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre. Through the battle, the film challenges audiences to consider if the flag has a place in Southern culture of the 21st Century.

Invisible Hands | Yulian Martinez-Escobar | Charleston, SC | With sweat and toil, migrant tomato farmers provide the invisible labor that brings food to the American table from seed to harvest. Invisible Hands is an intimate film documenting this vulnerable community of laborers in rural South Carolina.

Voices of the Land: Sustaining Life in the Rural South | Ian Dillinger | Walterboro, SC | An informative story-driven documentary of the rural South seen and heard through the lives of farmers and individuals who make their living off the land, this film highlights the diverse natural resources and traditions that shape the landscape and issues a call to action for stewardship and sustainability.

Up da Road | Thaddeus Jones Jr. | Columbia, SC | This documentary offers an intimate look into the lives of entrepreneurial businesses through interactions with a current and former breadman in Hampton County, SC. Interviews and decaying spaces are contrasted with scenic sprawling spaces and bumpy roads as residents strive to keep their dying towns alive.

South This Way | Mahkia Greene & Students from Lower Richland High School | Columbia, SC | This film serves as an experimental visual record of Lower Richland StoryLab (LRSL), a high school arts program in rural Hopkins, SC. Fusing both the student and instructor perspective of the art process, this film follows the students of LRSL as they explore the past, present, and potential of their community.

Ten Toes Down | Cedric Umoja | Hopkins, SC | To ensure a future for itself and its children, The Land possesses a man and performs various spells.

Little Saluda USA | Lillian Burke & Amada Torruella | Columbia, SC | In Saluda, SC, established latino immigrants and generations of black and white residents coexist in isolation. A poetic exploration of the rural South, this immersive documentary showcases a collage of experiences from 21st-century America.

The Fellows


Media Literacy defines how we access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media Literacy is more important than ever in a society where we are bombarded with media messages on screens big and small, and there is an unprecedented level of accessibility for the average person to create media. At Indie Grits Labs and the Nickelodeon Theatre, Media Literacy is at the core of every education program we offer. We were part of the team that wrote the new SC Media Arts Standards, implemented 2018. This past summer, we hosted a NAEA Institute to teach teachers about Media Literacy. For the past six years, we have partnered with Richland One to deliver several after school programs including Come Around My Way and Mega MediaLab that teach media literacy and film production skills. These experiences remind us of the importance of bringing Media Literacy to as many students as possible, which we do through our flagship program, Media Literacy Labs.

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Media Literacy Labs are field trip programs that give a chance for students to visit the Nickelodeon Theatre for a special cinema experience, complete with popcorn and drinks. Programs include hands-on, educational activities, film screenings, and engaging games. Our programs are aligned to the SC Department of Education Media Arts and ELA standards. Media Literacy Labs develop problem-solving and technical skills, as well as analytical thinking through critical viewing and comprehension.


4th - 12th grade

Exploring the “spectrum of representation”, DocLab asks students to consider what forms of bias and distortion can direct an audience’s understanding of a non-fiction subject in documentary filmmaking. This involves analyzing techniques such as the interview, music, the use of archival footage, reenactment, editing, verité style, and much more. 


1st - 5th grade

Covering a wide range of stories and storytelling methods from around the world, StoryLab explores the basic archetypes that all stories share, and provides the tools for students to craft their own stories. Exploring fundamentals of plot, setting, characters, as well as more nuanced techniques, StoryLab educates via fun activities, screenings, writing exercises, music, and games.


4th - 12th grade

MediaLab investigates mass culture including news media, social media, advertising, and music videos. Each lesson is made to be relevant to student interests, and to develop a literacy that enables youth to better understand the complex messages we receive from all forms of media every day. Each version of this lab takes on a different theme with a different form of media.


4th-12th grade

CineLab dives deep into the language of cinema. CineLab presents the tools and techniques of narrative filmmaking while exploring themes in literature, world cultures, languages, social studies, and science. Each CineLab focuses on one central theme or concept to explore using the fundamentals of cinema.


Looking for something fun and creative for the kids to do this Summer and during Spring Break? If you have an aspiring auteur in your family, our summer film camp programs could be for you! Our day camps teach students the basic techniques of video production through producing narrative shorts & stop motion animation films & short docs to be screened at the Nick at the conclusion of the camp!

Artists: Henry Coonrod, Jordan Mullen, Lillian Burke, and David Rinehart

Stop Motion Animation Camp I, II, III

June, july, august 2019

Experience a hands-on introduction to the world of animation! Each day kids will discover a new style of animation walking away with a series of short films they can treasure and share with friends and family! From claymotion and collage to rotoscoping and photography, this camp will serve as a perfect introduction to the world of filmmaking. For ages 8-12.

Summer FilmLab

july 2019

Dive into an immersive filmmaking experience and make a collaborative movie through our popular high school program. Across two weeks — develop scripts, pitch ideas, shoot, and edit an original short film. Summer FilmLab offers instruction in writing, acting, production techniques, and directing. Student production crews will shoot and edit independently and have access to professional video and audio equipment including mentorship and feedback from multiple instructors.


From graphic design, to filmmaking and sound design, our programming for our adult classes and workshops has something for everyone. ll classes take place at Indie Grits Labs and vary in length and duration—one workshop may meet once a week for four weeks, whereas another workshop may only meet once. Workshops are for ages 15 and up. Nickelodeon Theatre members receive discounts on registration fees for our workshops. 


Latest Workshops

Cameraless Photography

JULY 2018

Make Your Own Orgone Pyramid

july 2018

Cyanotype Bookmaking

February 2019

Intro to Adobe InDesign

July 2018

Zine Making 101

november 2018

DIY Cinematography

February 2019

The Essay Film

july 2018

Printmaking Primer

november 2018

Cell Phone Filmmaking

february 2019

Woodblock Printing Primer

JUNE 2019

Audio Storytelling

JUNE 2019


Lower Richland StoryLab

Lower Richland StoryLab focused on the issues faced by small town and rural communities in central South Carolina in the 21st Century. Indie Grits Lab artist in residence, Mahkia Greene, worked with over 60 students at Lower Richland High School to create and present new works of media art that examine the community’s past, tell its stories, challenge misconceptions, explore challenges identified by residents, and present a vision for the future of Lower Richland County. A selection of films premiered at the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival and student work will travel Columbia from the summer of 2019 through Spring 2020.


TakeBreakMake (TBM) is an after-school, youth media based project dedicated to LGBTQIA+ identified youth and allies in the midlands. TakeBreakMake provides video production and media literacy instruction through the lens of queer theory for the purpose of empowering high school students to not only tell their own story but to develop new modes of storytelling.



Our weekly middle school program at W.A. Perry, Mega MediaLab, centers around critically engaging media screenings of contemporary and historical films, music videos, news programs, commercials, and other forms of current media. This program also provides students with a basic understanding of the languages of film and media: Camera, Editing, Sound & Script. After post-screening discussions, students break into groups to collaborate, write and present new content for the current media in discussion.







Ticket discounts, free popcorn and sneak-peek screenings — Nick members get it all. In addition to lots of great theater perks, members also get discounts on Indie Grits Labs workshops, film festival passes, and amazing merchandise. Plus, members can rest easy knowing that their contributions support great films, engaging conversations, media education programs, and filmmaker support, right here in Columbia.


Nickelodeon Theatre

Nickelodeon Theatre



Saturday Stories

monthly | Saturdays at 1:00pm

In an effort to create more family spaces downtown, as well as entertain and educate our youth while introducing them to the world of cinema — we are proud to bring you our new family friendly series!

Science on Screen

Special Series | January 2019

A national program featured in over 70 cinemas that strives to shrink the gaps in science literacy by pairing classic and current films with local scientific professionals, tackling issues from gene editing to climate change.

Guest Speakers
Dr. Greg Carbone, Dr. Monica Barra, Pippa Richter, Hayle Turner, Dr. Sergey Razin, Adrian Williams, Dr. Brett Altschul, Dr. Qiana Whitted, Alice Lilitu, Dr. Scott Crittenden

Inventing Tomorrow, Her, Primer

sponsored by

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Nick After Hours

monthly | Fridays at 9:30pm

After Hours takes the broad categories of “cult film” and “genre film” and aims to create a transformative theatrical experience, casting the familiar in the glow of the uncanny.

programming committee
Alice Lilitu, Dr. Julia Elliot, Hartley Middleton, Cade McConnell and Travis Wagner


Medusa’s Gaze

Special Series | October 2018

A special series presented as part of UofSC Women's and Gender Studies 'Monstrous Mothers and Femme Fatales: Gender and Monstrosity in Horror Film' Service Learning Course exploring the feminine in horror film.

Jennifer's Body, Lyle, The Hunger

Sponsored by
UofSC Women's and Gender Studies

Curated by
Alice Lilitu, Dr. Julia Elliot, and Meeghan Kane


Screening Justice

Special Series | May 2019

This series engaged a broader exploration of justice and invited the community and UofSC's College of Arts and Sciences into the conversation.

Guest Speakers
Dr. Laura Kissel, Dr. Susan Courtney, Dr. Seulghee Lee, Dr. Monica Barra, Dr. Courtney Lewis, Dr. Todd Shaw, Dr. Deena Isom Scott, Travis Wagner,
Dean Lacy Ford

Angry Inuk
Black Cop,
'63 Boycott

Sponsored by

UofSC College of
Arts and Sciences



Silver Screen Studies

Sundays at 2:00pm

Screening classic films with discussions and special presentations by scholars and cinema experts

Guest Speakers
Dr. Mark Cooper, Aaron West, Dr. Scott Trafton, DJ Preach Jacobs, ColaTown Bike Collective,
Charles Bierbauer

Sponsored by
Aaron and Andrea West

Sound & Vision

saturdays at 9:30pm

Screening both repertory and contemporary music films paired with performances from local bands.

Queen Tanesha, Demetrius 6ixx Similien, Mario McClean, Nepotism, EZ Shakes, Latin Caravan, Emily McCollum, Melon In, THE Dubber

Sponsored by
Drip (Records)


Foreign Focus

monthly | Wednesdays at 7pm

Screening the best contemporary films from across the globe.

Guest Speakers
Liz Elliot, DR. Kim Simmons, Mijane Jimenez, Debbie Billings,
Andrés Felipe Arroyave

Sponsored by
Dr. Gail Morrison
Jean Capalbo and Craig Chattin
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman
and Lee Jane Kaufman

OUT Here

monthly | last tuesday at 6:30pm

A community-curated LGBTQ series screening films of all genres. Films this year were preceded by films created at IGL's TakeBreakMake program.

Sponsored by
SC Equality PAC
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin
Ruth and Walker Rast

For the Record


A combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism.

Guest Speakers
Eric Bargeron, Kate Miller, Irene Lusztig (Director), Malissa Burnette, DR. Aparna Polavarapu, Debbie Billings, Ana Cueto, DR. Mark Cooper, Pamela Green (Director), Lee Jane Kaufman, Keith Brinkmann, Lillian Burke

Sponsored by
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes


Black Stories

annually in february

Programmed by Indie Grits' Rural Project fellows, this special sereis explores Blackness across its ever expanding spectrum while challenging the truth and relevance of its current societal perception.

Guest Speakers
Sherrie Belton, DR. Porchia Moore, Christopher Everett (Director), Brenda Preston, Monifa Lemons, Dante Martin, Dr. Frank Martin, Lauren Waring Douglas, Derek Walker, Jason Gourdine, Roni Nicole Henderson, Isaac C. Udogwu, Dr. Napoleon Wells

Guest Programmers
Mahkia Greene, Sufia Amenwahsu, Thaddeus Jones Jr., Cedric Umoja


Jewish Film Festival

Annually in October/November

Screening world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish experience.


Holly Jolly Hollywood

Annually in December

Come out of the cold and into our theater for holiday cheer that will warm even the most frost-bitten of hearts. As always, we’re screening your favorite holiday classics alongside new and exciting picks.



20 Feet From Stardom

306 Hollywood

’63 Boycott


A Christmas Story
A Kid Like Jake
A Solemn Promise: America's Missing in Action
Above the Drowning Sea
Afronauts (Afrofuturist Shorts)
Akeelah and the Bee
Amazing Grace
American Animals
An Act of Defiance
Andrei Rublev
Angry Inuk
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, and Disco
Apollo 11
Ash is Purest White
Ask Dr. Ruth
At Eternity's Gate


Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beautiful Boy
Before We Vanish
Birds of Passage
Bisbee '17
Black Nativity
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blue Heart
Bones of Contention
Boy Erased
Boyz N the Hood
Breaking Away
bridge/refrain (Afrofuturist Shorts)
Buena Vista Social Club
Bye Bye Germany


Call Her Ganda

Can You Ever Forgive me?


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat Video Fest


Cold War


Crawfish and Zydeco



Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dazed and Confused

Deconstructing the Beatles' Rubber Soul

Despicable Me

Die Hard

Do the Right Thing

Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot

Dream Girls



Eighth Grade

El Norte

Ethereal (Afrofuturist

Everybody Knows


Fahrenheit 11/9

Frankenstein (1931)

Free Solo


Gamecock Media Showcase

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gloria Bell

Grease Sing-a-Long



Hale County This Morning This Evening

Halloween (1978)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Hearts Beat Loud


High Fantasy


I Am Not A Witch

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

If Beale Street Could Talk


Inventing Tomorrow

It's a Wonderful Life


Jennifer's Body


Juliet, Naked


Kids Flicks Two


La Negrada (Black Mexicans)
Las Sandinistas
Late Night
Leave No Trace
Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise
Life and Nothing More
Love and Basketball
Love Jones
Love, Gilda


Manhattan Shorts
Mary Queen of Scots
Miracle on 34th Street
Monrovia, Indiana
Mur Murs (Mural Murals) with Black Panthers
Muscle Shoals


Negro Terror



On the Basis of Sex

Oscar Shorts | Animation

Oscar Shorts | Documentaries

Oscar Shorts | Live Action





Pulp Fiction

Pumzi (Afrofuturist Shorts)



Red Joan


Romeo and Juliet (RSC)


Scandal in Ivansk
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Shalom Bollywood
Sorry To Bother You
Soy Cuba (I Am Cuba)
Stan & Ollie
Student Showcase
Supa Modo
Swan Lake


The Aftermath
The Biggest Little Farm
The Birds
The Black Cop
The Book of Esther (Das Buch Esther)
The Cakemaker
The Dead Don't Die
The Eyeslicer Halloween Special
The Favourite
The Godfather
The Gospel According to André
The Hate U Give
The Hunger
The King of Masks
The Last Movie
The Last Suit
The Last Waltz
The Mustang
The Old Man & The Gun
The People Under the Stairs
The Polar Express



The Public
The Punk Singer
The Rape of Recy Taylor
The Sower
The Third Wife
The White Crow
The Wicker Man
The Wife
The Wizard of Oz
The Wound
They Charge for the Sun (Afrofuturist Shorts)
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers
Thunder Road
To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel story
Tongues Untied
Two For the Road


Valley Maker Concert



We The Animals

While I Breathe, I Hope

Wild Nights With Emily

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Wilmington on Fire

Within Our Gates

Woman at War

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Written on the Wind


Yellow Submarine


Yours In Sisterhood


Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

The Nickelodeon Theatre welcomes conversations and screenings hosted by scholars, community organizations, and artists throughout the Midlands.

To ensure that the Theatre remains a vital space for the exchange of ideas and refuge for inquisitive minds, the Nickelodeon invites organizations to host special screenings and conversations at the theatre.



Congaree Riverkeeper
The Hive Community Circle
Offie of the Mayor, Columbia, SC

Richland School District One
Richland School District Two
Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Vietnam Veterans of America
Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH)
Jewish Community Center of Columbia

Women's and Gender Studies, UofSC
American Institute of Architects of Greater Columbia
Moving Image Research Collections, UofSC
Councilwoman Yvonne McBride
100 Black Men
One Columbia
South Carolina Department of Education
Women's Rights and Empowerment Network
First Steps
Spring Hill High School
The Watering Hole
State of South Carolina Human Affairs Commission

Saving our Lives, Hear our Truths (SOLHOT)
Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine
Girls Block
1080C, UofSC
Carolina Peace Resource Center
Make-a-Wish Foundation South Carolina
Richland Library
College of Arts and Science, UofSC
ColaTown Bike Collective
Confucius Institute
Congaree Land Trust
The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation
Pets Inc.



Upcoming Programming

Upcoming Programming

Weird Sisters: Power, Possession, and Feminine Abjection   A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night | High Life | Suspiria

Weird Sisters: Power, Possession, and Feminine Abjection
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night | High Life | Suspiria












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Operations + Volunteers

Operations + Volunteers




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Carlos Anrrich
Michael Bailey
Mark Barrett
Valeria Boykin-Tate
Barb Burton
Maris Burton
Zach Cardwell
Jim Colwell
Heidi Colwell
Paul Denman
Nihan Fila
Cederick Gibbs
Toure Greene

Gayle Hazzard
Scarlett Ingram
Beth Lowrey
Veronica Medina
Rocío Núñez
Rosetta Penny
Alice Rodriguez
Mary Rogers
Andrew Koehler
Joe Kyle
Tim Liszewski
Sulamon Malik
Debbie Yerkes

Justin Price
Edwin Hearon
Trace Stilwell
Frenche Brewer
Maggie Hyjek
Lee Heckle
Victoria Jackman
Ruhi Pitre
Bart Walrath
Maria Walrath
Miranda Waters

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Alliance for Full Acceptance
Barack Obama Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation
City of Columbia
Ford Foundation
International Paper
Knight Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Nord Family Foundation
Richland County Government
South Carolina Arts Commission
South Carolina Department of Education
Sloan Foundation


Abacus Planning Group
Bank of America
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.
CCM Investment Advisors
Colliers International
Colonial Life
Columbia Museum of Art
Curiosity Coffee Bar
Drip Records
Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Good Life Cafe
Governor's School for Arts & Humanities
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
Indah Coffee
KW Beverage
International Paper
LTC Health Solutions
Mast General Store
Michael’s Café & Catering
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
One Columbia For Arts and Culture
Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities
Spotted Salamander
Sweet Cream
The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
The Whig
The Warmouth 







Columbia Film Society Staff

Anita Floyd
Executive Director, Columbia Film Society

Seth Gadsden
Director, Indie Grits Labs

Omme-Salma Rahemtullah
Assistant Director of Programming

Amanda Windsor
Marketing and Membership Manager

Bree Burchfield
Marketing and Membership Coordinator

Shanel Jackson
Development and Operations Manager

Steffi Brink
Indie Grits Labs
Programming Manager

Mahkia Greene
Indie Grits Labs
Manager of Media Education

Sherrie Belton
Indie Grits Labs
Radio Coordinator

Torres Perkins
Theater Operations Manager

Deborah Adedokun
Theater Manager

Max Thompson
Theater Manager

Keelyn Rogers
Theater Manager

Lillian Burke
Theater Manager

Adrian Williams

Projectionist & IT Coordinator
Theater Staff

Theater Staff
Mai Agullo
Henry Coonrod
Allie Dugger
Jacory Frazier
Alana Harris
Alice Lilitu
Cade McConnell
Kaylyn Middleton
Daniel Niati
Caesar Nieto
Debria Robinson
Allie Stubbs


Yasmin Lee
Christian Perez
Ashley Luna

2018-19 Board of Directors


Melanie Joseph

Hank Jibaja
Vice Chair

Chris Controne

Sam Johnson

John P. Boyd

Xavier Blake
Nikki Finney
Toby Goodlett
Charlie Griffin
Damon Jeter
Elise Partin

Scott Middleton
Anne Postic
James Smith
Scottie Smith
Aaron West
David Whiteman
George Wolfe

Let’s Keep in Touch!

We are built on the ideas and passion of our members.  Please stop by and share thoughts and ideas.  We will also periodically reach out with specific questions and surveys.


Anita Floyd, Executive Director

Seth Gadsden,
Director of Indie Grits Labs

Omme-Salma Rahemtullah,
Assistant Director of Programming

Amanda Windsor,
Marketing and Membership Manager

Torres Perkins, Lead Theater Manager

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About Us

About Us

About the Columbia Film Society (CFS)

Columbia Film Society (CFS) serves Columbia, SC, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, CFS provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its two arms: the Nickelodeon Theatre (“the Nick”) and Indie Grits Labs (“IG Labs”).