Programs

Phantom Thread

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as...
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The Shape of Water

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg....
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award (R)-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control....
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The Other Side of Hope

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo--and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best...
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Short Animations by Sierra Tucker

The Queens’ Vernacular is proud to present a program of short experimental animations by Sierra Tucker, who is graduating this winter from Western Washington University. In everything from music videos to animated documentaries, Tucker draws on video-game, online, and anime aesthetics to meditate on issues of personal identity, social anxiety, communication, and friendship. Tucker will be present for a Q+A after the screening....
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Lady Bird

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in...
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Defining Hope

Presented by WWU Palliative Care Institute
Featuring a reception before the film beginning at 6:00 and a panel discussion following the film.
This powerful documentary explores what makes life worth living and what to do for ourselves and our loved ones as we get closer to the end of life. It is about optimism and works to define what 'quality of life' really means. Through the stories of patients, families, nurses, and healthcare professionals, Defining Hope brings the...
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2018 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Titles include:
Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes
Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes
Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes
Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes
Garden Party – Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France 7 minutes
Lost Property Office (additional film) – Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes
Coin Operated (additional film) – Nicholas Arioli, USA, 5 minutes
Achoo (additional film)...
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2018 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Titles include:
DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 minutes
The Silent Child – Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, UK, 20 minutes
My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 minutes,
The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 minutes
Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 minutes...
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The Final Year

The Final Year is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, The Final Year offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years....
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Happy End

Michael Haneke returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home....
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2018 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Pt. 1

Titles include:
Traffic Stop – Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 – Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes
Edith + Eddie – Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights, USA, 29 minutes...
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Mysterious Island

Only $3 Admission. Introductions by Steve Meyers!
During the Civil War, several P.O.W.s led by Gary Merrill escape from a southern stockade in a huge observation balloon. Buffeted about by a violent storm, the balloon lands on an unchartered island somewhere near New Zealand. The fugitives soon discover that this is no ordinary desert isle, especially after being attacked by a giant-sized crab. Joined by a pair of shipwrecked British gentlewomen (Joan Greenwood and Beth Rogan), the castaways find evidence...
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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (National Theatre)

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?...
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Ninotchka

Beauty, Brains & Know-How: Screwball Comedy in the Glamour Age, curated and presented by Janice Findley, Film History and Film Music History teacher at Seattle Film Institute.
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest....
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Bellingham FIlm Annual Showcase

Bellingham Film, in collaboration with Film Is Truth and Talking To Crows, presents the Bellingham Film Annual Showcase and Mixer! The Showcase is a curated selection of content in a variety of film genres -- short narrative, documentary, and music videos, to name a few -- all produced in the state of Washington. The Bellingham Film Annual Showcase specifically looks for content that demonstrates exceptional quality in writing and directing, curating a night of fresh cinema from emerging filmmakers in...
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PFC’s 20th Anniversary: Pan’s Labyrinth

Celebrating the Pickford Film Center's 20th anniversary with 20 of our most popular films.
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Pan's Labyrinth is sponsored by Shew Design....
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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 9th 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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Edward II

In this new restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern, activist, and freely anachronistic take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasure-seeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed to wield political influence. The landmark film features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton as Edward's spurned Queen Isabella, as well as a rare...
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