Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts community programming, engagement job
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
- COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $52,000-$55,000 + benefits
The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the Community Programming and Engagement Coordinator for a progressive community media arts organization.
- We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader who combines a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
- The ideal applicant for this specific position will combine a knowledge and appreciation of independent film and film history with the desire and skills necessary for community outreach, engagement, and impact.
Please share this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested—or apply yourself! We'll start reviewing candidates soon, but the position is open until filled.
This will be a full-time position with an annual salary of $52,000-$55,000 with additional benefits offered.
The Nickelodeon is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.
Nickelodeon Theater announces new leader
Eight-month search comes to close
The Nickelodeon Theater, an anchor of both Columbia's arts scene and its revitalized Main Street District, announced a new executive director late last week.
(right), an educator in Lexington-Richland School District 5 and president of the Trustus Theatre board, will become the new executive director of the arthouse theater on June 6. She is the first named permanently to the position since last August.
The Columbia native has been the theater teacher at Spring Hill High School for six years, and is now responsible for all professional development for theater educators in the district. She has been a member of the Trustus board since 2011.
“The arts community in Columbia is my home,” Bender said. She sees The Nickelodeon as an indispensable part of that community. “The Nick, let’s be honest, is very cool… I want to make sure that institutions like The Nick will always be around.”
“I’m ready for a new challenge. I’m ready for a job where I can implement change.”
Diversity and inclusion key part of process
“We were looking for a transformational, visionary cultural leader who had expertise in many different areas,” said Charmaine Clowney
, vice president of the Nickelodeon board and an attorney who consults in the area of diversity and inclusion. “She will be embraced by many diverse communities in Columbia and beyond. I hope that we can keep her.”
“The search was conducted by a diverse group of individuals, including board members and community stakeholders,” Clowney said. “The committee sought someone with excellent leadership skills, including an ability to manage diverse teams and to coach for success.” A capability to engage the full range of local communities was also very key, she said.
The Nick “has to be inclusive,” meaning “you have to respect the base that has got you where you are, but make sure others feel represented and welcome. I have done that well in the past,” Bender said.
Bender faces the challenge of running a movie theater after two years of COVID, and in competition with a growing army of video streaming services. But she’s not worried, especially after her time with Trustus, since “live theater has been ‘dying’” ever since film came along. She believes The Nick provides something unique. “There is absolutely nothing like a shared experience. People want popcorn and beer, and they want to watch movies with their friends.”
She looks forward to being involved, hands-on, with every aspect of providing that experience. “I want to pop popcorn on Friday night, if popcorn needs to be popped.”
Founded in 1979 as South Carolina’s only nonprofit arthouse cinema, The Nickelodeon serves the Midlands region of South Carolina as a center for critical dialogue, presenting films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of the community. Its two screens on Columbia’s Main Street draw more than 70,000 attendees into the heart of the city annually. Those screens show a mix of first-run independent and foreign films, and present curated series and special community screenings. Learn more at https://nickelodeon.org/.
Tuning Up: Nickelodeon screenings to resume + Sandlapper Singers
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Columbia's Nickelodeon Theater to reopen next week
The Nickelodeon theater will reopen next week, with two movies beginning Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Audiences will be able to enjoy 'The Worst Person in the World', a 2021 drama-comedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo, and Everything Everywhere all at Once, a sci-fi comic-action-adventure film, in updated facilities.
The new announcement comes after the theater suspended screenings March 1. According to The Nickelodeon Board President, Xavier Blake, theater board members are working to reset and recommit to the organization's purpose.
Choral group to present Dan Forrest requiem
Dan Forrest is a South Carolina-based composer whose “Requiem for the Living” has been presented all over the world since its premiere in 2014. A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest—traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Forrest's “Requiem for the Living,” however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow. The Sandlapper Singers are set to share the stage with the Charleston Southern University Concert Singers and chamber orchestra accompaniment to present this work in Columbia and Mount Pleasant:
The Sandlapper Singers is funded in part by operating support from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Sandlappers, visit https://sandlappersingers.org/
Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts leadership position
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the executive director of a cherished, progressive community media arts organization.
We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader with a passion for the arts and the role of arts in advancing equity and justice.
Please forward this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested, or apply yourself. Candidate review begins on Jan. 10, but position is open until filled.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
The Nickelodeon is looking for an inspiring and innovative leader dedicated to positively transforming the community through the arts. Understanding that art house cinemas and arts education programs play a critical role in fostering conversations of importance to our communities, the executive director must be an excellent communicator who can effectively listen and respond to a wide range of constituencies. To be successful, the executive director must bring an ability to think strategically as well as an authentic spirit of collaboration and a capacity to implement change. As a manager for our small and dedicated staff, they must be a servant leader who is able to coach for success.
The executive director will have the opportunity to guide the evolution of a cherished, progressive community arts organization. They will refine and implement the Nickelodeon’s ambitious mission and vision while maintaining its operational and financial health. By deepening existing community relationships, they will broaden and diversify the audiences for our theatrical, filmmaker, and media literacy programs, enhancing the Nickelodeon’s reputation as a place where media can be a force for positive social change. Starting salary is $85,000-$95,000.
The Nickelodeon serves the Midlands region of South Carolina 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, the Nickelodeon provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its theatrical and educational programs.
For over forty years, the Nickelodeon has played a critical role in the development and growth of the arts space in the region. Since 2012 we have anchored Columbia’s revitalized Main Street district, which draws people from across the region to its year-round food, culture, and shopping scene. Home to the state’s government as well as its flagship public university, Columbia is a center of innovation and culture that offers a surprising range of theaters, music venues, museums, festivals, culinary alternatives, and outdoor activities.
Our critically-acclaimed programming has established the Nickelodeon as a center for media education and a space for supporting media-makers. Our Indie Grits Film Festival--an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture--was named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. And our Indie Grits Labs programming, which evolved out of the festival, has provided media literacy programs to local schools and educational and production opportunities for local artists.
The Nickelodeon’s theatrical programming comprises a mix of first-run independent and foreign films, curated series, and special community screenings. Central to our mission is the opportunity for critical dialogue related to films; the Nickelodeon provides frequent opportunities for conversation before and after screenings, pulling together experts and community members as speakers and respondents.
These extensive advances in programming and facilities have been possible through broad community and national support. Prior to the pandemic, the Nickelodeon had over 3,500 members and an annual budget of $1.7 million. With our history of support from local arts organizations and from national organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nickelodeon is poised to play an even greater role in the region and nationally.
Tuning Up: COVID claims S.C. shag master + awards + more
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Columbia Film Society welcomes Dr. Thaddeus Jones
From a CFS email:
Meet Thaddeus Jones, our new CFS Director of Programming! Dr. Jones will direct film programming for the Nick and lead the Indie Grits Fellowship and media education programs. He has 15 years experience in filmmaking, media instruction and writing and for the last ten years, has managed his own media production company, fanatikproductions. He has been connected to CFS as a film curator and Indie Grits Fellow.
Jeppy McDowell dies at 76
Jeptha Joseph McDowell, better known as “Jeppy,” made North Myrtle Beach home and worked his way into being a legend in the local shag dancing scene. (Confused? You see, the shag is South Carolina's state dance
The State reports "McDowell died due to complications from COVID-19 on Oct. 17. He was 76.
COVID-19 is hitting the Grand Strand shag community hard. More on his passing from The State:
McDowell’s passing comes as others in the North Myrtle Beach shag community have fallen ill and died. In late September, several North Myrtle Beach clubs and restaurants participated in an unofficial Shaggin’ On Main event. In the days and weeks that followed, at least 14 people tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Two others connected to the shag community have also died, though, like McDowell, it remains unclear if their deaths are related to the events. According to data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 210 people in the North Myrtle Beach zip code tested positive for COVID-19 in the two weeks following the events.
Read the full story from The State here
(subscription possibly required).
Two weeks' notice
This is your two-weeks' notice that nomination time is coming to a close for the South Carolina Governor's Awards for the Arts
and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award
. Nominations for both are due by 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 6.
Arts jobs alert! New openings in Columbia, Spartanburg
Columbia | Nickelodeon Theatre
Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2019
The communications manager shapes the [Columbia Film Society] brand and voice and develops strategies to engage members, reach new audiences for the theatre and media education programs and raise the local and regional profile of the Indie Grits Festival. The Manager is responsible for the development, administration, coordination, and implementation of all elements of the marketing, public relations, publications, and advertising functions of the Columbia Film Society.
This position requires a strong visual sensibility, excellent writing skills, and works closely with programming staff of the theatre and IG Labs and supervises the marketing coordinator. The communications manager reports to the executive director of the Columbia Film Society.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position.
For complete information and application instructions, click here.
The work is performed in an office setting during regularly scheduled office hours, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. It will require some flexibility and availability for evening activities.
- Benefits and Wages
The Columbia Film Society offers health, vision, dental care and retirement benefits. The salary range is $38,000 to $42,000.
Spartanburg| Chapman Cultural Center
Theater Technical Coordinator
Application deadline: none provided
Chapman Cultural Center (CCC) is seeking to fill the position of theater technical coordinator (TC). The TC would be responsible for the maintenance, oversight, and technical operations of CCC’s Theater. These responsibilities will include the oversight of the theater’s presentations and projects, all backstage and back of house personnel, equipment, operations, lighting, sound, and coordinating necessary maintenance. During periods when the services of the TC are not required in the theater, their services will be used in the maintenance and usage of technical equipment in other areas of CCC. The TC reports to the theater services manager.
Due to the high volume and complexity of the Chapman Cultural Center theater operations and the need to carefully coordinate the activities of both resident partner agencies and outside renters, the TC must demonstrate a significant degree of both technical expertise and diplomatic skills to properly manage the use of the theater on a daily basis and maintain a standard of excellence. TC is responsible for the efficient and safe operation of CCC Theater facilities and equipment.
- Work Schedule: 25 hours weekly, varies for events
- Position Status: hourly position
- Associates degree in Theater Production, Sound Engineering, Lighting, or Media Arts
- Supplementary three to five years of work related experience with training in technical theater and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
- Must be able to work flexible hours on nights and weekends
- Knowledge of technical operations, methods, materials, practices and procedures involved in theater operation
- Technical Theatre skills: sound, lighting, stagecraft; management of stage crews
- Knowledge of signal flows, microphone patching, and cable running processes
- Knowledge/experience devising and implementing technical plans for productions
- Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse environment
- Comprehensive knowledge of safety measures and hazards related to theater production
- Must have a student mentality- open to learning new systems and processes
- Resourceful and independent but capable of being a good team player
- Able to work with minimal supervision
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nickelodeon Theatre hires new director
From The Free Times
Article by Jordan Lawrence
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The Nickelodeon Theatre, Main Street’s nonprofit arthouse cinema, has a new leader. Alison Kozberg — who most recently worked as program manager of the moving image for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, shaping all aspects of the contemporary art museum’s film programming — will serve as the theater’s director.
In December, Andy Smith and Seth Gadsden — then the Nick’s executive director and managing director, respectively — moved into new positions. Smith became CEO of the Columbia Film Society, which oversees both the Nick and its annual Indie Grits festival, a far-reaching media celebration that touches on visual art, video games and more in addition to film. Gadsden became the director of the newly formed Indie Grits Labs, an effort to extend both the Nick’s educational programs and the art projects and residencies offered by the festival.
With its two main leaders turning their attention to matters other than the theater’s day-to-day operation, the hunt began for a new director. The search committee — three members of the Nick’s board of directors and three staffers — selected Kozberg. Before her work at the Walker Art Center, she held positions in Los Angeles — at the Getty Research Institute and the University of Southern California — and in Massachusetts — at the Brattle Film Foundation/Brattle Theater.
“With Alison’s experience in film programming and in a range of really top, world-class arts organizations, bringing that experience to the Nick is going to make the customer experience better, it’s going to make the programming better,” Smith posits. “It’s a way for us to grow on both sides of the organization simultaneously.”
“She was a film programmer at an art museum,” Gadsden offers. “And we do art around a film theater. So it seemed like a very fortuitous marriage that way.”
For Kozberg, who was excited by the idea of taking over programming for a cinema as opposed to a museum, the Nick was a good fit.
“I really felt that the institution’s values and missions very much lined up with my own,” she says. “[I’m] interested in the way the cinema functions for the public. [The Nick is] deeply committed to civic engagement, to community involvement and to creating opportunities for media makers at all stages of their careers to be creatively engaged, to hold space, to speak for themselves about the creative process. [It’s] also really committed to creating opportunities for community members to engage, both in creating conversations and to really find space for them as presenters. And that was something I was really, really passionate about.”
“It was exciting to me that Columbia is the capital,” Kozberg adds. “A lot of my research and my work before has really focused on the relationship between arts institutions and civic engagement in local politics, so being right on Main Street by the capital at this organization is a really good fit for my personality.”
It will likely take a bit for visitors to truly feel her impact on the Nick’s programming. The theater hosts between six and eight curated series throughout the year, and the next 12 months are largely planned out. But Kozberg is raring to go. One idea she seems most excited about is pairing experimental filmmakers with purveyors of more traditional narrative features. She’ll do just that at a members-only event meant to introduce her to the Nick’s core audience, presenting Nicholas Ray’s 1956 movie Bigger Than Life and a more avant-garde piece from Mark Toscano that manipulates footage of “China Girls” — the images of women at the start of a reel once used for calibration when processing film.
“[Ray’s] a really interesting filmmaker of kind of classic Hollywood, so to speak,” Kozberg says. “I think it could be so incredibly contemporary and relevant at this moment to screen an emotionally and intellectually sophisticated film about masculinity, both as a culture of the 1950s, but also the perils of machismo.”
She reasons that pairing Ray’s film with an experimental short culled from antiquated footage that also pricks notions of gender should tease out these themes even further.
As for the Nick’s other aspirations — broadening its educational programs, expanding Indie Grits artist residencies into a year-round initiative — those efforts will also take more time. With Kozberg on board, the hope is to have Gadsden completely transitioned out of his managing director responsibilities by June or July. He’ll then continue working with the cohort of commissioned artists producing work for next year’s Indie Grits and begin planning new educational endeavors.
“A big reason why the board approved this restructuring was so that the Nick ... could have space to really deepen and refine the Indie Grits Labs concept,” Smith says, “and start to realize that bigger vision without harming the theater in any way.”
The Nick has become a cultural powerhouse in state capital
The Nickelodeon's 2017 Indie Grits festival will kick off with a keynote address by Favianna Rodriguez, a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer, who will share a message about the power of art to inspire social change. Rodriguez will speak April 19 at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St., Columbia. A reception will take place at 6 p.m., followed by Rodriguez’s talk and the premier of an Indie Grits film block, “El Sur.” Find the complete Indie Grits schedule online.
From The Post and Courier
Article and photos by Adam Parker
When the theater opened in 1936, it was one of five on Main Street in downtown Columbia between Blanding and Gervais streets. Now the old Fox Theater is all that’s left, a reminder of the days when Hollywood made escapist entertainments for those enduring the Great Depression and, soon after, World War II.
It lay dormant beginning in 1987. Then in 2012, the Nickelodeon moved in after a big renovation project was partially completed. It was a momentous occasion. In April 2015, the renovation was finished, resulting in a second theater for screenings and other events, such as music and variety shows. The team had succeeded in raising $5 million to fund the makeover.
The Nickelodeon, or The Nick as locals call it, had been located in a bank building just south of the Statehouse, but now it was in the heart of things. It harks to a time in the city mostly forgotten, and it symbolizes the new Columbia. In an unlikely turn of events it has become a cultural cornerstone of the city, one that has contributed to the revitalization of Main Street as a primary commercial and civic corridor and site of cultural activities.
"It's the most adventurous venture in Columbia now," said Ken May, director of the South Carolina Arts Commission.
The Nick was founded in 1979 by Carl Davis and Linda O’Connor. It started out as an art house for film lovers, a bohemian space for the alternative and academic crowd. Over the course of 30 years a lot changed: The movie business went digital, its commercial aspirations grew, distributors changed their practices. It was no longer sufficient just to screen indie and foreign films, not if The Nick was to become a vital force in the community.
So, in 2007 Andy Smith was hired to start a festival.
The Indie Grits Festival was an experiment in multidiscipline programming, an event that combined cinema, visual art exhibitions, live music and creative technology. The experiment has been working. It has drawn increasingly large crowds and expanded its offerings.
In the past couple of years, organizers have assigned a theme to the festival. In 2015, the festival explored how technology influenced art-making and culture, naming the event “Future Perfect.” Last year, the theme was water, apropos after the historic 2015 Midlands flooding. The title was “Waterlines.”
This year, the theme is Latin American culture, and the title is “Visiones.” The idea first was broached in the fall of 2015, with the intention of organizing a weekend event. But some grant money, input from artists, the powerful “Waterlines” experience and, finally, the myriad ways the theme resonates politically and culturally today convinced The Nick team to go big with “Visiones.”
The festival runs April 20-23.
The thematic approach was adopted when Seth Gadsden joined The Nick team four years ago. Gadsden, who was an art major at the College of Charleston and co-founded Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston in 2003, brought a new dimension to the Columbia enterprise. He helped further integrate the visual arts, and he took the lead in educational outreach.
Late last year, The Nick announced that it was expanding its media education programming. Already it was providing resources to media artists, running a filmmaker-in-residence program and working with students in Richland School District One on an art project called “Come Around My Way” that delved into social justice issues. Now it would launch Indie Grits Labs, introduce the new initiative “TakeBreakMake” that provides a safe space for up to 15 young LGBT artists, and contribute to the festival.
Indie Grits Labs is no small venture. It signifies a moment of exponential growth, one that acknowledges formally that The Nick is about much more than movies. It is part of a larger reorganization. Smith was promoted to chief executive officer of the Columbia Film Society, the umbrella organization under which The Nick and Indie Grits Labs operate. A new Nick director will oversee the cinema side of things.
As a result of the change, Smith, Gadsden and their colleagues, all of whom have many interests, are better able to spread their wings.
“Everyone is connected to more than film,” Gadsden said.
Smith said the emergence of The Nick as an arts generator and incubator coincided with market and technology forces.
“At the same time as our move (to Main Street), Netflix is exploding,” he said. “We saw more interest in media education, we saw it as a way to deepen our involvement with the community. It was our chance to get into the creation of work, to help develop critical viewing skills.”
Gadsden pointed out that the school-age kids enrolled in “TakeBreakMake” or “Come Around My Way” might not have normally stepped foot inside an independent theater. Now some of them are volunteers.
“Kids would just show up,” he said. So the staff found them something to do. “It’s a safe place for people in a fairly conservative part of the country, where people could come together and explore ideas.”
If the “Future Perfect” Indie Grits theme demonstrated the great promise of the festival, it was “Waterlines” that brought The Nick to a new level. Before the terrible flooding of October 2015, the team was thinking about adopting a “river” theme.
It troubled them and others in Columbia that the Congaree River was so underutilized and underappreciated. Other cities such as San Antonio, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn had redeveloped their waterfronts for public use. But not much was happening along the banks of the Congaree.
After the flood, water became the inevitable theme, but now with a large dose of urgency.
“How do we respond to what just happened?” the Indie Grits team asked itself. A $50,000 grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation helped them decide. A cohort of local artists was invited to a brainstorming session. “It became a group-think, collaborative project,” Gadsden said. “I learned a lot about what you can do with a group of artists if you support them and put them in a situation where (they can thrive).”
“Waterlines” became a model that Amada Torruella, curator of “Visiones,” happily adopted.
She identified artists in South Carolina to form the 2017 cohort, seeking not just artists, but artists who are teachers and innovators and community organizers, 11 Latinos of various backgrounds who met monthly to formulate the festival.
The process began with optimism in the air: How was the Latino community changing the Southeast? After the presidential election, though, the tone darkened, for now Latinos were perceived by many as a threat, Torruella said.
“We had to channel the negative energy,” she said.
The cohort of artists includes a few Mexicans, two Colombians, two Ecuadorians, a Chilean and a Puerto Rican. Disciplines include photojournalism, music, filmmaking and more.
“Since the project is pretty heavy on identity, one filmmaker is making an 'Identity Map' for people to follow,” Torruella said. The map will lead patrons through the outdoor showcase from one video installation to another.
Screen printing workshops will be open to all in the Latino community, because “art should be as accessible as possible,” Torruella said. A puppet troupe from Mexico will perform. Food trucks will be strategically positioned downtown. And the musical headliners Lambchop and Curtis Harding will perform.
For the film component of the festival, 80 movies are scheduled (from 400 entries received). About one-third of them are by Latino filmmakers or have Latino themes.
The goal is to create a public space where people can share stories that humanize them.
The Nick’s staff constantly is thinking strategically about artistic and community purpose and direction. They team up with nonprofits such as the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, which serves the Latino population, schools and government.
“They’ve just become this real groundbreaking organization, not just in the city, but in the state,” said May, of the Arts Commission. “It’s quirky, interesting.”
Ambitious, too, able to secure significant funding from groups like the Ford Foundation, he said.
“Andy’s a very thoughtful, smart young guy who makes an impression on people like that,” he said “They’re very communitarian, but also committed to adventurous art. When you see something like that coming out of a place like South Carolina, I think it gets extra points. ... They just keep doing new things. And they’re restless.”
This probably accounts for the growing popularity of The Nick and its eclectic programming.
Smith said he and his colleagues always are asking questions, challenging themselves: “How can we strategically use the arts to make our community stronger, to make Columbia, to make South Carolina, a better place to live?” It’s an important consideration, especially in light of current trends.
“The support structures (for the arts) in our state have really eroded,” Smith noted.
Funding is always uncertain. The Richland-Lexington Cultural Council shut down a couple years ago. So the Columbia Film Society is positioning itself as a granting organization. And The Nick provides an opportunity to bring festival artists back into the fold after Indie Grits events are finished.
Today, The Nick has an annual budget of $1.3 million, half of which is derived from earned income. Its membership, now at more than 3,000 individuals, keeps setting records.
“We’re still scratching the surface of who we serve in the community,” Smith said.
Image above: Amada Torrulla (left) is curator of "Visiones," this year's Indie Grits Festival. Seth Gadsden (center), is co-organizer of the festival and in charge of The Nickelodeon's education program. Andy Smith (right) is executive director and CEO of the Columbia Film Society, which oversees the Nick.
Columbia’s Nickelodeon Theatre seeks theatre director
Application deadline: December 12
The Columbia Film Society is looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking leader to join one of the most creative and hard working teams in the art house cinema sector. Created in response to the organization’s rapid growth, the Nickelodeon theatre director position will oversee the programming, marketing, operations and staff of the Nickelodeon Theatre. The primary artistic leader for the exhibition arm of the Columbia Film Society, the Nickelodeon director serves as the public face for the Nick’s retail organization. The Nickelodeon director reports to the CEO of the Columbia Film Society and serves on the senior leadership team along with the Indie Grits Labs director, the development manager and the CEO.
Programming: Shaping the artistic vision for the Nickelodeon Theatre, the Nickelodeon theatre director works with the programming staff, film buyer, and community members to program both screens of the Nick throughout the year, including:
- Managing programming coordinators
- With programming team, developing and maintaining five-year programming plan for special series and festivals
- Overseeing the development of six to eight curated film series each fiscal year
- Maintaining regular contact with film buyer to ensure high-quality first-run programming
- With programming and marketing teams, establishing and communicating weekly screening times
- Seeking out opportunities for special screenings of particular interest to our community
- Ensuring programming calendar is regularly shared and understood throughout the organization
- Staying abreast of trends in the independent cinema sector
With two screens operating 365 days a year, the Nickelodeon theatre director will oversee efforts to effectively communicate the richness of the Nick’s programming to local, regional and national audiences, by:
Finance and Operations:
- Developing and implementing innovative and effective strategies for promoting the Nickelodeon’s programming – including first-run independent films, special series and screenings
- Managing designer/interactive coordinator, marketing manager and other marketing support staff
- Maintaining a yearly marketing calendar for special series, Nick Mags and special events
- Working with the senior leadership team to implement innovative institutional marketing spikes that raise general awareness of the organization
- Ensuring Nickelodeon messaging is effectively communicated through excellent customer service experiences online, over the phone, in-person, and in the lobby
- Measuring and reporting outcomes of marketing efforts
Protecting and managing the physical and fiscal assets of the Nickelodeon is essential to ensuring the organization fulfills its mission. The Nickelodeon Theatre director will oversee the finances and operations of the organization, including:
Find a complete list of duties, qualifications and application instructions online.
- Managing the operations manager and bookkeeper
- Developing and managing the annual operating budget for the Nickelodeon Theatre, in coordination with the senior leadership team
- Managing the day-to-day and long term finances of the Nickelodeon Theatre
- Overseeing and approving quarterly finance reports for board meetings
- Overseeing annual audit process
- Overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of theater facilities and equipment, including work done by third party contractors
- Ensuring the Nickelodeon is in compliance with necessary state and local licenses, taxes, and other government filings
- Annually reviewing organization’s insurance policies to ensure sufficient coverage
The application deadline is December 12 at 5 p.m. EST.
About the organization
The Columbia Film Society’s Nickelodeon Theatre serves Columbia, South Carolina, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy and aspiration of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nick provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety. Founded in 1979, the Nickelodeon is South Carolina’s only non-profit arthouse cinema.
SC high school students invited to enter short film competition
Submission deadline is Oct. 1.
The Columbia Jewish Film Festival invites South Carolina high school students (grades 9-12) to compete in a short film competition. The film festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Films in any genre will be accepted, (e.g., fictional, documentary, news story format), using the theme Identity: It’s All About Me! Students are invited to explore this theme as a way to promote dialogue while addressing issues that are at the forefront of today’s headlines.
A panel of judges will chose the winning films based on creativity, overall quality and production, and execution of the film based on the theme. Presentation of awards and screening of the winning films will be held at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia on November 6 at 3 p.m.
Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded. The submission deadline is Oct. 1.
Complete guidelines and the application form are available online.
For more information, contact Patty Tucker, email@example.com.