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

Women He’s Undressed

During the Hollywood boom years the legendary Orry-Kelly was costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures, designing for Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, and many more stars. Orry was as big a legend behind the scenes as the on-screen legends he adoringly dressed. Three times an Oscar winner, Orry was talented, daring, brash, bold and the toast of Hollywood, yet the thorn in the side of many a studio head. Women He's Undressed celebrates his story....
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A Man Called Ove

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove's mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning...
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Speed Sisters

Presented by The Roller Betties

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you...
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Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award (R) winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth...
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The Prison in 12 Landscapes

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt
further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes excavates the hidden geographies of the modern prison system by offering
a film about the prison in which we never see an actual penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of seemingly
ordinary landscapes across the...
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in...
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SMART is a groundbreaking feature-length documentary about a group of highly trained, adrenaline-fueled professionals who risk life and limb to rescue animals! They’re Los Angeles’ Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, and they save anything and everything, wild or domestic, from an array of dangerous situations. Shot over the course of three years, SMART follows team lead Armando Navarrete as he helps lift a horse from a river by helicopter, tranquilizes a deer in Pee-Wee Herman’s back yard and falls five...
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SEED: The Untold Story

With Director Taggart Siegel in attendance for a post-screening Q+A.

Pre-screening reception presented by The Community Food Co-op

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous...
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Frankenstein (National Theatre)

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Wednesday, Oct...
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Yarn + Threads – Double Feature!

Threads:A 30 minute short film presented by Social Fabric
A visionary leader in Bangladesh helps hundreds of destitute women overcome social and economic hardships by creating timeless works of art.

Yarn:Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who...
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The IF Project

Filmmaker Kathlyn Horan and Detective Kim Bogucki will be in attendance for a Q+A
In the United States, there are over 6.8 million people in prison, jail, on probation or parole. That is 1 in every 35 adults. Perhaps even more alarming is that women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.

The If Project is a feature length documentary that explores the reasons behind these staggering...
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Michael Moore in TrumpLand

See the film Ohio Republicans tried to shut down. Oscar-winner Michael Moore dives right into hostile territory with his daring and hilarious one-man show, deep in the heart of TrumpLand in the weeks before the 2016 election....
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Command and Control

Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America's nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?...
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Fire at Sea

The Italian island of Lampedusa has become the front line of the refugee crisis in Europe, with some 400,000 desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East having landed there in the past 20 years. This strangely beautiful, sometimes bleak documentary contrasts their existence with the lives of the islanders, now forever altered.

Preceded by the short film HOW WE CHOOSE Directed by Alexandria Bombach
After years of war, concrete blockades, corruption, suicide bombings and the departure of...
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On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting,...
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Sweet Crude

Presented as part of Cascadia International Women's Film Festival. Filmmaker Sandy Cioffi in attendance for a Q+A after the show!

In a small corner of the most populous country in Africa, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. The issues are complex, the answers elusive.

The documentary film Sweet Crude tells the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta....
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Drawing the Tiger

Presented as part of Cascadia International Women's Film Festival

Filmed over seven years, Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of a family in Nepal who get a
chance to break their cycle of poverty: Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend
school in the city. When she doesn't return home, the family is forced to survive without her
and the opportunity they believed would change their ill fate....
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Peter and the Farm

Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 idyllic acres in Vermont. The land’s 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death. Haunted by alcoholism...
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The Queen of Ireland

Pandora 'Panti" Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.

Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent...
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Bleedingham 2016

Bleedingham Film Festival is playing it's fifth year of short horror stories submitted by filmmakers from all over WA state. Filmmakers receive critical feedback from industry professionals who also judge and score the films. The films are scored in several categories and compete for awards and a cash grand prize for best film. Opening night of showcased films will also conclude with the filmmakers award ceremony. If you love scary stories and want to support independent filmmaking in WA, you...
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