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Sundance Short Film Tour 2021

Sundance Short Film Tour 2021

Playing at Pickford Film Center
92 minutes, Various, In Various with English subtitles, English, Short film
Rated NR: _


The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 92-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.

The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. Short films are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences.

Refreshment Free Screening, Masks are on at all times
1/23 @ 10:30 AM

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The Velvet Queen

The Velvet Queen

Playing at Pickford Film Center
92 minutes, France, TIbet, In French w/ english subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: _


Directed by: Marie Amiguet

Program Director’s Notes: Amiguet’s work is previously as a DP and that shows here in the stunning beauty of her directorial debut. The film follows wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and his novelist friend, Sylvain Tesson, who is along for the journey, as they camp out, in the Tibetan highlands, documenting animal life they see along the way and hoping against hope to spot the extremely rare and shy snow leopard. While the anticipation of seeing the leopard is the film’s main, beautifully-wrought tension, it also builds our sense of seeing the natural world in a new way. I watched the screener with my family, and there was sheer joy as we spotted each new creature.

Refreshment Free Screenings, Masks are on at all times
1/23 @ 11:00 AM &
1/26 @ 3:45 PM

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Playing at Pickford Film Center
105 minutes, USA, In English, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Rated R: for violence
CCAP

Screenplay written & dirceted by: Joel Coen.
A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.
Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s bold and fierce adaptation; a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.

Open captioned screenings
1/23 @ 12:50 PM

No Food screenings Masks on at all times
1/25 @ 3:15 PM &
1/26 @ 3:15 PM

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Playing at Pickford Film Center
109 minutes, Drama, In ,
Rated http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/lunana-a-yak-in-the-classroom/: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-LX0qdghw


Directed by: Pawo Choyning Dorji
A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8 day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.

Refreshment Free Screenings, Masks are on at all times
1/22 @ 11:00 AM &
1/25 @ 3:30 PM

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Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers

Playing at Pickford Film Center
123 minutes, Spain, France, In Spanish, Drama
Rated R: for some sexuality.
CCAP

Written and Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar.

Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

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Frankenstein (1931) (It’s Alive)

Frankenstein (1931) (It’s Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
71 minutes, USA, In English, Drama, Horror, Sci Fi
Rated NR: _


Directed by: James Whale
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

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Tosca (Royal Opera House)

Tosca (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
205 minutes, UK, In Itialian, Opera
Rated NR: _


Rome in 1800 is in political chaos. Cesare Angelotti, a former consul of the short-lived Roman Republic, has escaped imprisonment, and seeks refuge in the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. The painter and republican sympathizer Mario Cavaradossi promises to hide him at his country villa. Baron Scarpia, Rome’s tyrannical Chief of Police, suspects that Cavaradossi has helped Angelotti to escape. He persuades the painter’s lover, opera singer Floria Tosca, whom he himself desires, that Cavaradossi has betrayed her. She leaves to confront Cavaradossi at his villa and Scarpia orders his men to follow her, in the hope they’ll find Angelotti.

Scarpia arrests Cavaradossi, and tortures him in Tosca’s presence until she reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. Scarpia subsequently condemns Cavaradossi to death. Alone with Tosca, Scarpia tells her that he will save Cavaradossi – but only if Tosca spends the night with him. Will Tosca yield to the man she hates to save the man she loves?

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Apart  (ITVS)

Apart (ITVS)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
60 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _


Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn.
In a country leading the world in incarcerating women, meet three mothers fighting to rebuild their lives.
This intimate portrait examines the impact of America’s war on drugs through three mothers attempting to rebuild lives derailed by drugs and prison. As Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other and mentors who have also been in prison. With the hope of redemption on the horizon, the women work to regain the trust of their children and combat stigmas associated with people who have been incarcerated.

Indie Lens Pop-up screenings are FREE to the public

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Secret Sunshine  (Cinema East)

Secret Sunshine (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
142 minutes, South Korea, In Korean, Drama
Rated NR: _


Directed by: Chang-dong Lee,

When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae relocates down south to her late husband’s hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down, in this unfamiliar and much too normal place, she finds that she can’t quite fit in. Helping her out is Kim Jong-chan, a good-intentioned but bothersome bachelor, who owns a car repair shop. Life plods on. However, fate takes a vicious turn when Shin-ae loses her son in the most horrific way a mother could imagine. She turns to Christianity to relieve the pain in her heart, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.

Introduction by: Kristen Parris, Political Science Professor, WWU.

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Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
170 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the London’s West End.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.
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Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Playing at Pickford Film Center
179 minutes, Japan, In Japanese, English, Korean Sign Language, German, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, Indonesian, Drama
Rated NR: _


Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins – with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace.

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NYICFF: Viva Kids! (Kid Pickford)

NYICFF: Viva Kids! (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
65 minutes, Varies, In Varies, Shorts
Rated NR: Suitable for kids 8+


¡Viva Kid Flicks! celebrates the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe. These brilliant tales, with a range of kids’ perspectives, speak volumes in any tongue.

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Thank You To Our Funders

The Pickford Film Center acknowledges that we are residing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Lummi People. The Lummi People are the original inhabitants of Washington’s northernmost coast and southern British Columbia. They lived in villages throughout this territory and continue to have an ongoing relationship with these areas. Since Time Immemorial they have celebrated life on their land, water ways and on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of their People to perpetuate their way of life. Please join us as we honor their ancestors and as we acknowledge the past, present and future Lummi People as the original inhabitants of this land

Pickford Film Center is supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts in response to the Covid 19 pandemic