Doc-ED was inaugurated in 2014 with support from the Mary Redman Foundation. We were able to offer films to 1,100 students in the four Bellingham Public School middle schools. It became apparent immediately that transportation inequities were making the program available only to schools in close proximity to PFC or that were well funded by their PTA. Our efforts then turned toward raising enough funds to offer films and transportation to all Bellingham middle schools in 2015.

After funding tickets for all BPS middle school students, our team sought to reach students outside the city limits, who often have fewer field trip opportunities due to location or lack of school resources. In October 2016, 4,100 public and Lummi tribal middle school students from throughout Whatcom County came to our theater for the Doc-ED program, where they had the option to view one of three compelling new documentaries, free of charge. In October 2017 we invited all county middle schools, over 5,400 young people.

Teachers and administrators interested in finding out more about Doc-ED can contact Education Outreach Manager Mikayla Nicholson

Doc-ED has proven to be a great program that the students love. We want this program to continue each year and to continue to thrive so that we can keep bringing more and more students to see documentary films on the big screen, in a shared experience with others at the cinema. To support Doc-ED, please MAKE A GIFT today.


Doc-ED 2018


Watch the Trailer | 87min | Available for Doc-ED trips in October and November
Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats–found right in their own backyards–while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Public Screening during Doctober: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 3:15 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ 1:30 – Buy Tickets



Watch the Trailer | 78min | Available for Doc-ED trips in October and November
Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois, which they call their “medicine game,” and is the lifeblood of their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team is not only among the world’s best, but ambassadors for their Nation’s sovereignty and recognition. In 2015, the Iroquois hosted the World Championships on Native soil for the first time ever, in which history, politics and culture all collided on the playing field before the eyes of the world.

Public Screening during Doctober: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 @ 6:15PM & MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets