Programs

Treaty Day Film Festival: Kayak to Klemtu

Two days of films showcasing the resilience of Indigenous peoples in honor of the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 between the Lummi Nation and the U.S. government.

- Song and Opening (10 min)

- Kayak to Klemtu: After her uncle's death, a 14-year-old girl must speak on his behalf against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tanker traffic to the waters around her hometown in British Columbia. (90 min)

- We'll Always Have Toynbee...
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Green Book

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Directed by Peter Farrelly, Starring: Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini & Viggo Mortensen...
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Divide and Conquer

Filmmaker Alexis Bloom examines the rise and fall of Roger Ailes, the Republican Party booster and controversial Fox News mogul who went down in flames amid multiple sexual harassment allegations. Directed by: Alexis Bloom...
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Shoplifters

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them......
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The Favourite

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of...
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Mary Queen of Scots

"Mary Queen of Scots" explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must...
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Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried...
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The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Margaret Atwood's vision of a fundamentalist Christian dystopia is grimly fascinating, but much less trenchant than it might have been. It takes place in a future where pollution has rendered 99 per cent of the women in the U.S. infertile. The country is ruled by a fundamentalist Christian dictatorship, which has sequestered all fertile women to serve as breeders for sufficiently wealthy families. Made slightly after the heyday of the Christian right, the film...
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Cold War (Zimna Wojna)

Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it's the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate - an impossible love story in impossible times....
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Harold and Maude

Presented by Film is Truth. Tickets are only $5!
Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective....
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I’m Not Running (National Theatre)

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue?...
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Oscar Shorts 2019

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. Nominations will be announced January 22nd, 2019....
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Shrek 2

Pickford Family Matinee. Presented by Bank of the Pacific, Tickets are only $1.
After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces his greatest challenge: the in-laws. Shrek and Princess Fiona return from their honeymoon to find an invitation to visit Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. With Donkey along for the ride, the newlyweds set off. All of the citizens...
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Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place?

Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that...
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Masters of Asian Cinema: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In the dead of night, a group of men - including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the tenebrous Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body. As the night draws on, details about the murder emerge and...
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Capernaum

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's Capernaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Capernaum follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally,...
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Born In Flames (1983)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society in the U.S. -- and finds nothing has changed. Accompanied by a strong musical soundtrack, the composition of women's groups is explored -- from the most conservative to the most revolutionary. And given the events in the film, it would appear that only revolution is going to work in the future if women really...
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La Bayadere (Bolshoi Ballet)

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgment, set in India. Dazzling sets and costumes, with one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s...
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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (Exhibition on Screen)

Produced by 3D Productions and Nexo Digital.
A stunning new exploration of the life and work of Van Gogh, through the eyes of his most devoted admirer and owner of the largest private collection of his artworks.

Gain unprecedented access to legendary artistic treasures, experience the rare architectural beauty of the Kröller-Müller Museum, and journey into the past through the Milanese, Florentine, Roman and Palladian Renaissance. With a special focus on the importance of drawing as part of his...
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Red Carpet Affair

You are invited to hit the Red Carpet, sip and schmooze, and mingle with the Who's Who of Bellingham at Pickford Film Center’s 10th annual Academy Awards viewing party - The Red Carpet Affair. This swanky benefit event sponsors PFC’s Education Fund, which provides innovative Media Literacy courses and Doc-ED documentary screenings, free to local middle school students.

The evening begins with your walk on the red carpet captured by professional photographers, butlered appetizers and hearty gourmet appetizers...
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