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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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


What makes a film score unforgettable? "Score: A Film Music Documentary" brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains...
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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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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 pr-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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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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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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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, 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 an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually...
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Visitor’s Day

Sixteen year old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before finding his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, MX. IPODERAC is defined by a strong sense of brotherhood and sustained by the sale of artisanal goat cheese.

Visitor’s Day is an observational documentary that follows Juan Carlos throughout the most transformative year of his life, as he finds the strength...
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Evolution of Organic

Presented by the Community Food Co-op. The Saturday evening show will have a pre-screening reception with organic snacks, a champagne reception and Filmmaker Mark Kitchell in attendance for a Q+A.

From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and...
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For over 80 years, Merle Hayden has crusaded to recruit members to the utopian movement Lawsonomy. Founded by aircraft pioneer Alfred Lawson, Lawsonomy advocates for economic reform and clean, communal living that transforms followers into a "New Species" that will benefit the human race either in this life or the next. Merle joined Lawson as a teenager and never looked back. His high school sweetheart Betty Kasch, however, is tired of Lawson coming between them. Reunited after over 60 years...
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The Work

Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows 3 men during 4 days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation....
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Yasuni Man

Director Ryan Killackey in attendance for the Mon, Oct 30 screening for a Q+A following the film.
Presented by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

In the depths of South America, where the Andes, the Amazon and the Equator collide, a wilderness exists that is home to some of the last remaining uncontacted people in the world. The forest in which they live may claim our planet's highest biodiversity. A place where mammals, birds, plants and amphibians...
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Rat Film

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat-as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem"....
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