Doctober

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Each October, Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, our month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring some of the most diverse and varied programming offered all year. With over 50 films in the lineup, something for everyone is hardly an exaggeration.

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker visits, special guests, pre-screening receptions and guided discussions.

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DOCTOBER 2016 LINEUP:

Chicken People

Presented by Scratch & Peck Feeds. Put your chicken trivia to the test & enter to win Scratch and Peck prizes!

In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. In the tradition of Spellbound comes a feature documentary about three remarkably rich and diverse personalities who come together to compete in...
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Prison Dogs

Featuring a Skype Q+A with Director Geeta Gandbhir after the filmr

A film that explores the power of the bond between humans and animals, and the gift of a second chance,

In the bleak setting of New York's sprawling Fishkill Correctional Facility, the inmates describe prison as a place of sadness and despair. Often serving long sentences for crimes that haunt them, they struggle daily to find a way to pay their debts to society. Redemption comes...
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The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot tells the story of young, ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s post-war Korea. In the 70s, after reaching the top of Korean society following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was...
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Danny Says

Once dubbed the underground "mayor of New York," Danny Fields (née Feinberg) has played a pivotal role in the music and culture of the late 20th century, working for The Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, and Nico, and managing groundbreaking artists like The Stooges, MC5 and The Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to "hippie yenta" at Warhol's Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to punk pioneer and beyond. Led by Fields' hilariously droll commentary and...
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Call of the Ice

Leaving everything behind to live in Greenland as an Inuit hunter, alone in the heart of the polar winter, battling with the Arctic ice pack and its laws. Mike Magidson, an American-born film director, has lived in France for 20 years. Despite being raised with all the comforts that the modern society has to offer, constantly connected to his IPhone, he makes the decision to take on a unique challenge: attempting to survive over a period of several weeks, alone...
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Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

Robert Frank is gloriously notorious. He is the groundbreaking photographer of The Americans; the iconoclastic director of Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues; a difficult (almost impossible) interview subject; a rejecter of wealth and celebrity; a man whose ‘sympathies were with people who struggled,’ who has a ‘mistrust of people who made the rules.’

He was also a father to a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Pablo, who both died young. His work is emotional and impulsive. Filmmaker Richard...
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Gleason

Presented by The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter

The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle...
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Hooligan Sparrow

When a Chinese elementary school principal who raped six of his students seems poised to receive a light sentence, famed women's rights advocate Ye Haiyan (AKA Hooligan Sparrow) leads a group of activists in a protest--a move that could end with each participant's arrest. As filmmaker Nanfu Wang films the demonstration and its aftermath, she becomes embroiled in the government's effort to harass and intimidate everyone associated with the protest. After being threatened by angry mobs, chased by police, and...
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The Bad Kids

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance.

The Bad Kids is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of these students whom the...
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Embrace

Presented by Electric Beet Juice Company

Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.

After 24 months of travelling, interviewing,...
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In Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. Some are citizens, some have green cards, some are without documents. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America. 167 languages are spoken in Jackson...
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The C Word

Narrated by Morgan Freeman. A personal, important, surprising, and funny documentary about the industries of death that give us cancer, and the unheralded science of prevention....
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Author: The JT Leroy Story

Presented by The Alternative Library

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked "it boy" wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn't actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40yr old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert who breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert's...
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Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping

90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfil the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Ffreight ships no longer...
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Breaking a Monster

Breaking a Monster begins as the three members of band Unlocking the Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends play begins as the three members of band Unlocking the Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square - often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million...
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Every Row a Path

For migrant families in rural America,survival isn’t easy. For five young women in Washington's Skagit Valley, survival isn’t enough. ?In the berry fields of Washington State’s Skagit Valley, migrant teenage girls struggle to ??balance family and school with back-breaking agricultural work.Statistically, they are destined to fail, but five young women are determined to beat those odds.

Produced by the DreamFields Project, in partnership with Reel Grrls, Every Row A Path is a collaboration between filmmaker Jill Freidberg and the...
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For the Love of Spock

With an introduction by Steve Meyers, featuring a screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, free entry with your ticket to Spock!

Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I approached my dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. I had skimmed through some of the books on the making of Star Trek and felt there was so much more to explore about the creation and development of Mr. Spock. And the...
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The Case of the Three-Sided Dream

The story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk; who went from blind infant, to child prodigy, to adult visionary, to political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman. A seemingly superhuman musical force who played literally until the day he died.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977) was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than one of the most exciting and amazing sax players who ever lived. Beyond the ability to play multiple melodies at the same...
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Learning to See

Presented by Mindport Exhibits. Pre-screening reception featuring insect exhibits and more by Mindport!

This film tells the story of photographer Robert Oelman who leaves his psychology career in the early 1990s to pursue photography. He moves from the United States to Colombia and purchases a small farm in the hills. On his journeys through the rain forests of the Amazon Basin he begins to take striking photographic images of undiscovered insects. After more than twenty years of traveling,...
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Do Not Resist

Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist - the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson - offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action - from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar...
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