Programs

Toni Erdmann

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog - An awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings,...
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Neruda: Escapa de Nada

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party....
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2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Titles:
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes
Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes
Once Upon a Line (additional film) – 7 minutes
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES,...
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Fences

Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and...
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2017 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Titles (suitable for ages 15+):
Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes...
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The Bad Kids (Indie-Lens Pop Up)

Tickets are free, available at the box office only
A documentary that follows a group of Mojave Desert teachers as they try to improve the lives of their impoverished students....
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona)

The opera premiered the 3rd of November 1830 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The first performance at the Liceu took place on the 6th of August 1854.

The eternal classic love story of Romeo and Juliette, between Romeo, the Montecchi’s leader, and Juliet, the Daughter of the Capuleti, two rival factions in the Verona of the XIII century. In a world full of intrigues, fights and rivalries, Juliet fakes her death in order to escape with her...
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The General (Buster Keaton) with Matt Phelan

Tickets are: $10.75 GA, $7.50 for Members, and $5 for kids and students (available at the box office only with a valid ID)

Graphic Novelist Matt Phelan will be joining us live for a screening of the Buster Keaton classic, The General. With a pre-screening reception at 5:30 wth champagne for the adults and sparking cider for the kids, Village Books will be selling copies of Phelan's novels, including the graphic novel that inspired this evening:

“Bluffton:...
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I am Not Your Negro

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin...
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Red Carpet Affair

You are invited to hit the Red Carpet, sip and schmooze, and mingle with the Who's Who of Bellingham at Pickford Film Center’s 8th annual Academy Awards viewing party - The Red Carpet Affair. This swanky benefit event sponsors PFC’s Education Fund, which provides innovative Media Literacy courses and Doc-ED documentary screenings, free to local middle school students.

The evening begins with your walk on the red carpet captured by professional photographers, butlered appetizers and hearty gourmet appetizers...
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The Land – a short film and panel discussion with Play Lab

The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

We'll have a pre-screening reception in the lobby with materials for play, and a short discussion about play after the film...
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The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company)

On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship...
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Gone – Bellingham Premiere with Filmmaker Q+A

Pre-screening reception at 5:30 (your ticket includes a glass of champagne or wine) and a Q+A to follow the film with filmmakers Michael Barone, Madison Njos, Conor O'Keefe, and Nate Sawtell
Recent graduates from Fairhaven College use Bellingham as a backdrop for their narrative drama Gone--a true celebration of local filmmaking. With small businesses, local musicians and WWU students as contributing partners, Gone follows the lives of three strangers brought together by a hit-and-run car crash. While they reflect on...
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Kedi (Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul)

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on...
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Dying Laughing

A stand-up comedian is his or her own writer, director and star performer. Unlike any other art form, there is no safety net. In its singular realization, comedy thrives on a stage--often in front of hostile audiences. For most people, baring your soul and being heckled would be a life-changing trauma. For stand-ups, it's just part of the routine. Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood achieve a startling level of intimacy in a series of riveting interviews with Gary Shandling,...
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Il trovatore (Royal Opera House)

Verdi wrote Il trovatore hot on the heels of Rigoletto, and its premiere came a scant two months before that of La traviata. But Il trovatore, while no less popular than its neighbours, is quite different. Verdi himself had suggested the source material, Antonio García Gutiérrez’s play El trovador (1836), to his librettist Salvatore Cammarano. He encouraged Cammarano to pursue the same cross-genre developments Verdi had introduced in Rigoletto, writing in an early letter ‘if the entire opera were, let’s...
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Short Work from Qatar: New Documentaries on Labor in Global Circulation

Tickets are free, available at the box office only.
This program of short documentaries, by young filmmakers associated with Northwestern University in Qatar, addresses the everyday working lives of migrants in the Gulf. The films tell the stories of workers from five different countries who have come to Doha and Dubai to work and send remittances home. The program will be introduced by Kaveh Askari and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

“Pakistan, No Place Like Home”
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Newtown (Indie-Lens Pop Up)

Tickets are free, available at the box office only
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of...
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Caché

Introduction by Andrea Gogröf, Professor of Liberal Studies, Western Washington University.

The film is presented in conjunction with the exhibitions The Neighbors and In the Open at the Western Gallery, WWU.


Paranoia grips a bourgeois European family when a series of menacing videotapes begin turning up on their doorstep in Piano Teacher director Michael Haneke's dark drama. From the outside, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), Anne (Juliette Binoche), and son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky) are the typical middle-class European...
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Newsies

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charistmatic newsboy and leader of aragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the...
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