Pickford Film Center

Pickford Film Center
Located at 1318 Bay St. at the epicenter of Bellingham Arts District, Pickford Film Center offers two-screens and state of the art, high definition digital audio and visual equipment to provide you the best cinema experience available. Make yourself at home in our welcoming lobby – perfect for relaxing before the film or meeting a group of friend to discuss your favorite directors over a bottle of wine from our seasonally curated wine list. Free wi-fi, concessions that just won’t quit, and a rotating selection of the very best movies out there – PFC is the place to be!
Pickford Film Center | 1318 Bay St. | Open 30 minutes before the first showtime of the day

Now Playing at Pickford Film Center

Victoria and Abdul

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle...
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Rebel in the Rye

The world of legendary writer J. D. Salinger is brought vividly to life in this revealing look at the experiences that shaped one of the most renowned, controversial, and enigmatic authors of our time. Set amidst the colorful backdrop of mid-20th century New York City, Rebel in the Rye follows a young Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) as he struggles to find his voice, pursues a love affair with famed socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), and fights on the frontlines of World...
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Motherland

Motherland takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women—Lea, Aira and Lerma—emerge...
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No Man’s Land

Skype with Filmmaker David Byars after the Friday night screening.

Documentary about the 40-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, located south of Burns, Oregon. Fuelled by the belief that control and management of public lands does not belong with the federal government, Ammon Bundy leads a group of armed militants in a stand-off with law enforcement from January 2 to February 11, 2016....
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Microcosmos

With introduction by Steve Meyers. Admission is only $3.
This fascinating documentary offers a unique look into the daily dramas played out amongst the tiny residents of a French country meadow. It is shot without dialogue and begins with an aerial view of the meadow and then drops wildly down amongst the herbs and soil of the meadow where the stage is set. Using specially designed cameras and lighting equipment, the filmmakers Claude Nuridsany (who also did the extraordinary filming)...
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Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film

Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who put land art in a tribal context. In 2015 the artists worked with communities on both sides to install a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the "open eye" that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to...
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Unrest

Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a PhD program at Harvard, Brea manifested a mysterious cluster of symptoms, including extreme weakness, fatigue, full-body pain and mental confusion. After being dismissed by doctors, she discovered a community of patients similarly struggling with the mysterious disorder after making videos from her bed about her situation and posting them online. The documentary includes...
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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

With Filmmakers and special guests at both screenings!
A pre-screening reception before the Saturday night screning.
Presented by The Bellingham Mountaineers and The American Alpine Institute


Fred Beckey is the original American "Dirtbag" climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey's stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. The groundbreaking...
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Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Featuring an introduction by Janet Murray of the New York Public Library
Presented by the Bellingham Public Library


In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC's library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its...
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The Departure

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?...
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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

"The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of "Tales of the City" moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen...
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Tribal Justice

Two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice....
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Quest

Presented by Echoes Bellingham

A documentary recording eight years in the life of a loving, working-poor black family in North Philadelphia and how the clan's tenacity and hope fuels creative endeavors like the hip-hop recording studio built by father Christopher "Quest" Rainey. He, his wife Christine'a "Ma Quest" and their daughter Patricia "PJ" experience hardship, violence, rebirth and resilience over the total span of the Obama administration....
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Rebels on Pointe

Presented as part of The Queens' Vernacular

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all male, comic ballet company was founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots and and has a diverse cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, intimate character-driven stories, and...
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The Paris Opera

Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season withSchönberg's Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting rolecomplicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that...
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Skid Row Marathon

Presented by Greater Bellingham Running Club

Saturday, October 7 at 4:15
Special Guests: Directors Mark and Gabi Hayes will attend the pre-show reception and do an audience Q+A after the screening!
+ Pre-screening reception hosted by Great Bellingham Running Club
Featuring a pre-show giveaway with a gift certificate to BBay Running!

Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30
*An encore screening, Directors will not be in attendance.
Featuring a pre-show giveaway with a gift certificate to Fairhaven...
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Pow Wow

Q+A with Director Rob Devore at the premiere, Skype with producer Adam Sekuler at the encore.

Elegant, yet thought-provoking with wit, this film will document a range of ages, genders and class—club members, workers, lovers, rivals, gods, ghosts, insiders, outsiders, retired Hollywood, Native Americans, Hispanics, the fleeting and the eternal, the inspired and the dead. A “Desert Gothic” set in Palm Springs, California, “Pow Wow” will document a type of American joy that is slowly dying out....
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LA 92

Skype Q+A with Filmmaker TJ Martin after the screening on the 19th, moderated by Norman Stolzoff

Presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and the WWU Alumni Association


Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage. Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan...
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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Keep your stub! Tickets to this show get you 1/2 off admission to the Spark Museum until the end of the year.

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during WWII, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with...
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