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Film is in a unique position to shine a light on issues and events, helping us to bear witness to our times. Citizen made media is more immediate than film and has, once again in the past few weeks, illuminated atrocious acts perpetrated on Americans by the very systems that are supposed to protect us. We cannot publicly ignore or unsee what we have seen.

Pickford Film Center stands in solidarity with Black communities across America to say enough is enough. Black lives matter. Without justice there is no peace and if we remain silent in light of current events we are complicit in their perpetuation.

We call on our community to get educated about the history and current manifestations of racism in America, to speak up, and to be generous to the people and organizations that are fighting against its malignance.

In this spirit, we share with you a list of films on the subject and some organizations that are working on behalf of justice.

 

Black Lives Matter         Black Visions Collective         American Civil Liberties Union

Northwest Community Bail Fund         Southern Poverty Law Center        National Bail Out

 

ANTI-RACIST FILM RESOURCES

 

 

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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

OPENS WEDNESDAY, JUL 29 dir. Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, 2019NR, 91 min, Canada, in English    WATCH TRAILER    Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon...

Sundance Shorts 2020

Sundance Shorts 2020

dir.  see below 2020 NR, 80 min, Global, various languages with English subtitles WATCH TRAILER The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered...

Flannery

Flannery

dir.  Elizabeth Coffman & Mark Bosco 2020 NR 13, 97 min, USA, in English    WATCH TRAILER A very important national conversation is underway, one as urgent as it is needed. As noted by the New York Times critic Wesley Morris, her 1965 short story, “Everything That...

We Are Little Zombies

We Are Little Zombies

OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 17 dir. Makoto Nagahisa. 2020 NR, 120 min, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles  WATCH TRAILER     When four young orphans--Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura--first meet, their parents' bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan...

John Lewis: Good Trouble

John Lewis: Good Trouble

NOW PLAYING dir. Dawn Porter, 2020 PG, 90 min, USA, in English WATCH TRAILER   Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun...

House of Hummingbird

House of Hummingbird

NOW PLAYING dir. Bora Kim, 2018 NR, 138 min, South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles  WATCH TRAILER     House of Hummingbird is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age drama directed by Bora Kim and set in South Korea. Positioned against the backdrop of a...

In My Blood It Runs

In My Blood It Runs

NOW PLAYING dir. Maya Newell, 2019 NR, 84 min, Australia, in English and Aboriginal with English subtitles    WATCH TRAILER    Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex...

One Small Step (Animated Shorts!)

One Small Step (Animated Shorts!)

NOW PLAYING A collection of family friendly shorts made especially for our virtual cinemas. WATCH TRAILER     Embark on a roller coaster of imagination and possibility in this ShortsTV-presented compilation of new and acclaimed, family-friendly animated short...

Runner

Runner

NOW PLAYING dir. Bill Gallagher, 2020 NR, 88 min, USA, in English   WATCH TRAILER   Screening in honor of World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 20 When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek...

Miss Juneteenth

Miss Juneteenth

NOW PLAYING dir. Channing Godfrey Peoples, 2020 NR, 93 min, USA, in English WATCH TRAILER   "Miss Juneteenth is a very sweet and touching coming-of-age drama about a former Miss Juneteenth pageant winner and her daughter living in Texas. A new take on the "it's not my...

Aviva

Aviva

NOW PLAYING dir. Boaz Yakin, 2020 NR (sexually-explicit content), 116 min, USA / France in English and French with English subtitles WATCH TRAILER Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in...

My Darling Vivian

My Darling Vivian

NOW PLAYING dir. Matt Riddlehoover, 2020 NR, 90 min, USA, in English WATCH TRAILER    In 1951, Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets handsome Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local San Antonio, Texas skating rink. Their whirlwind summer romance lays the...

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

NOW PLAYING dir. Anca Damian, 2020 NR, 90 min, France / Romania, in French with English subtitles  This poetic and touching film from director Anca Damian follows an optimistic stray dog named Marona as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout...

Pioneers of Queer Cinema

Pioneers of Queer Cinema

NOW PLAYING Three essential films of early queer cinema, newly restored and presented in honor of Pride Month Special repertory ticket price: $15 for all three films!   Mädchen in Uniform dir. Leontine Sagan, 1931 NR, 87 min, Germany, in German with English...

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

NOW PLAYING dir. Daniel Traub, 2019 NR, 57 min, USA / Italy, in English WATCH TRAILER  In Into Her Own, filmmaker Daniel Traub nimbly illuminates the fascinating journey of Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942) – her difficult early life in a family of nine emigrating to...

Yourself and Yours

Yourself and Yours

NOW PLAYING dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2016 NR, 86 min, South Korea, in Korean with English subtitles WATCH TRAILER    One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S.! When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend,...

The Storyteller’s Seasonal: Spring 2020

The Storyteller’s Seasonal: Spring 2020

NOW PLAYING The Storyteller’s Seasonal was established provide a supportive venue where the creatives, filmmakers, and storytellers can practice their craft and display their work, with the basic prompts of a theme and a prop as their challenge parameters. All levels...

The Grey Fox

The Grey Fox

NOW PLAYING dir. Phillip Borsos, 1982 PG, 110 min, Canada, in English   After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society... until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is...

Lucky Grandma

Lucky Grandma

NOW PLAYING dir. Sasie Sealy, 2019 NR, 87 min, USA, in English, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles  In the heart of Chinatown, New York, ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year–old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman,...

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

NOW PLAYING dir. Elizabeth Carroll, 2019NR, 81 min, USA / Mexico, in English  Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is a feature-length documentary offering a candid look into the world of 92-year-old British chef and cookbook author Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the...

My Dog Stupid

My Dog Stupid

OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 31 dir. Yvan Attal, 2020PG 13, 106 min, France, in French subtitled in English    WATCH TRAILER Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again....

The Fight

The Fight

NOW PLAYING dir. Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, 2020PG 13, 96 min, USA, in English    WATCH TRAILER The Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how these important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Directors Elyse...

Rebuilding Paradise

Rebuilding Paradise

OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 31 dir.  Ron Howard 2020PG 13, 95 min, USA, in English    WATCH TRAILER On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that...

Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines

NOW PLAYING Presented by LGBTQ+ film series The Queens' Vernacular, with special introduction by series programmer Chris Vargas. dir. Clyde Petersen, 2016NR, 60 min, USA, in English Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based...

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CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE

CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE

OPENS FRIDAY, AUG 7 dir. Scott Crawford, 2019 PG 13, 75 min, USA, in English WATCH TRAILER Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward...

Sunless Shadows

Sunless Shadows

dir.  Mehrdad Oskouei 2019 NR, 74 min, Iran, in Persian w/ English Subtitles WATCH TRAILER In an Iranian juvenile detention center, a group of adolescent girls are serving time for having murdered their father, husband or another male family member. With each...

A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 dir. Ramona S. Diaz, 2020NR, 110 min, USA / Philippines, in English and Tagalong with English subtitles WATCH TRAILER ...

Desert One

Desert One

OPENS FRIDAY, AUG 21 dir. Barbara Kopple, 2020NR, 107 min, USA, in English and Persian with English subtitles WATCH TRAILER In April 1980, the US government launched the Operation Eagle Claw, their response to the hostage crisis that was happening in Iran at that...

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 dir. Werner Herzog, 2019 NR, 90 min, UK, in English, German and Aboriginal  WATCH TRAILER   When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he summoned his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog, asking to see his...

Thank You To Our Funders

Thank You To Our Funders

On behalf of the Pickford Film Center staff and board we would like to acknowledge that we are located on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Lhaq’te’mish (Lummi Nation) and Nuxwsá7aq (Nooksack) Tribe, as well as all other Salishan families who, from time immemorial, share the ancestral homelands and salt waters of Whatcom County and the Salish Sea.