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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THE 2017 DOCTOBER LINEUP WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

PICKFORD FILM CENTER MEMBER PRE-SALE

Tickets will be available exclusively to Pickford Film Center Members from Friday, September 1 at Noon through all of Labor Day Weekend, and will be made available to the public on Tuesday, September 5 at Noon

Purple Dreams

Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in the the feature documentary film Purple Dreams. A two and a half year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education....
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School Life (In Loco Parentis)

Presented as part of the Bellingham Irish Festival

Join us for a reception before including Books on display from Western Washington University Heritage Resources, freshly made Irish Soda Bread and Live Music beginning at 11:00am.

For years John and Amanda Leyden have become legends teaching Reading, ‘Rithmetic, and Rock ‘n’ Roll to young pupils at Headfort School, an enchanting 18th century Hogwarts-like boarding school in Ireland. The pace is hectic and the mood infectious as the...
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Shiners

Meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. From New York to Tokyo and beyond, Shiners travels the world to give you an insider’s view of this overlooked profession. People around the world have turned to shoe shining to provide for themselves and their families. These are their stories. Enter their universe. You’ll never look at a shoe shiner the same way again!...
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Brimstone & Glory

Ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks - the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico....
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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 92...
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12th and Clairmount

With a post-screening discussion and Q+A with Charles Mudede, filmmaker, cultural critic and writer for The Stranger.

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America's most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, this film fuses rare archival footage from the era - including newsreel, educational films and more than 400 reels of home movies donated by Detroiters - along with illustrations. The narrative combines contemporary interviews, oral histories, radio broadcasts and dispatch recordings to...
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In Pursuit of Silence

In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. Beginning with an ode to John Cage's seminal silent composition 4'33", the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. As much a work of devotion as it...
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AlphaGo

In 2016 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence team creates a program that can play Go, the ancient Chinese board game that's considered to be the most complicated game on Earth. To test the skills of the Deepmind AI, a competition is held in South Korea against Lee Sedol, the world's most successful Go champion. This documentary focuses on preparations for the tournament, a high-stakes faceoff between man and machine....
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Big Sonia

'National treasure', Holocaust survivor, and diva, Sonia Warshawski (90), has just been served an eviction notice for her popular tailor shop in suburban Kansas City. A 'wounded healer', Sonia's trauma comes to the surface as she struggles with the concept of retirement....
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Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq afer World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make?...
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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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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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Bending the Arc

From Oscar-nominated director Kief Davidson (THE IVORY GAME) comes the truly inspiring story of the noblest of causes. As the poorest nations battled intractable diseases, a fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates take on a seemingly impossible mission — global health equality....
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TED Talks on PBS: Science and Wonder

Presented by Whatcom Community College as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

TED Talks: Science and Wonder asks, how do we make sense of the universe around us, as some of the brightest scientific and artistic minds take us on a journey to answer the riddles of the universe that keep scientists awake at night. The program takes viewers on a journey through the human body with Paula Hammond, head of Chemical Engineering at MIT, examines the relationship between...
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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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LA 92

Skype Q+A with Filmmaker TJ Martin after the screening on the 19th.

Presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Forceand 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 Chinn and directed by Oscar...
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The Pulitzer at 100

The film is told through the riveting stories of the artists that have won the prestigious prize, with Pulitzer work read by Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow and Yara Shahidi. Journalists Carl Bernstein, Nick Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, writers Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Ayad Akhtar, musicians Wynton Marsalis, David Crosby, John Adams, and many others recount the stories behind America's most beloved works in arts and letters....
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No Man’s Land

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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