Pickford Film Center

Pickford Film Center
Located at 1318 Bay St. at the epicenter of Bellingham Arts District, Pickford Film Center offers two-screens and state of the art, high definition digital audio and visual equipment to provide you the best cinema experience available. Make yourself at home in our welcoming lobby – perfect for relaxing before the film or meeting a group of friend to discuss your favorite directors over a bottle of wine from our seasonally curated wine list. Free wi-fi, concessions that just won’t quit, and a rotating selection of the very best movies out there – PFC is the place to be!
Pickford Film Center | 1318 Bay St. | Open 30 minutes before the first showtime of the day

Now Playing at Pickford Film Center

Becoming Astrid (Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival)

Presented as part of the 2019 CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival.

The Opening Feature of the Festival: Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, who later went on to write the popular Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. What happens leads...
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The Aftermath

The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his...
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Environmental Feature + Short (Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival)

Presented as part of the 2019 CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival.

Grit
Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade
USA, 2018
81 MIN
Tragedy is witnessed on an epic scale as a tsunami of toxic mud displaces over 60,000 people in Indonesia and leaves a flowing geyser of gritty goop scarring the ecosystem.

Renewal: Think Like a Scientist
Jessica Plumb
USA, 2018
8 MIN
Featuring an emerging young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Renewal is a...
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Indigenous Film Program (Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival)

Presented as part of the 2019 CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival.

OchiSkwaCho
Jules Koostachin
Canada, 2018
15 MIN
Ochiskwacho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the Ochiskwacho.
Sponsored by Mamiko and Lee Van Horn

The Edge of the Knife (Sgaaway K’Uuna)
Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown
Canada, 2018
100 MIN
Haida...
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Masters of Asian Cinema: Burning

Burning tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben, a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu....
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Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Returning to cinemas for its 40th Anniversary, Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film Life of Brian. Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as one of the greatest comedy features of all time media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the...
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Tank Girl (1995)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
This wild, futuristic action-fantasy is set in the year 2033 where drought and pollution have turned the Earth into a desert wasteland. The planet's water supply is controlled by a despotic company that is opposed by a few courageous rebels who regularly risk their lives to poach the precious fluid....
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Thierrée, Shechter, Pérez, Pite

Four contemporary choreographers come together for a program that leads the Opera’s dancers to a new form of modernity where bodies vibrate with intensity.

To open the evening, James Thierrée takes over the public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. Israel’s Hofesh Schechter, often lauded for his telluric, trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of his piece The Art of Not Looking Back. Spain’s Ivan Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for...
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Computer Chess: Science on Screen

Science on Screen. Tickets are only $3!

Beginning with a presentation by Scott Burger, senior data scientist at Tableau Software in Seattle and the author of the book Intro to Machine Learning with R: Rigorous Mathematical Analysis. In his talk, Scott will give a brief background of the history of computer chess engines, their rise to power, and what it means for the future of humanity. Do the top-tier engines like AlphaZero and Leela forecast a bleak...
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Trumbo + Laura Kalpakian’s ‘The Great Pretenders’

Trumbo is presented along with local author Laura Kalpakian’s release of her new novel The Great Pretenders and will feature a reading from the book and a Q&A with Laura following the film.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice...
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Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution....
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La forza del destino (Royal Opera House)

La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable. The opera also contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora's ardent Act IV 'Pace, pace mio Dio!'. There's comedy too with the scenes for the greedy monk Fra Melitone. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular...
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Wrestle (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Presented by Indie Lens. Tickets are FREE.
Wrestle is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the State Championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South....
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Hail Satan?

"Amusingly, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? is interested in clarifying one critical misconception about the Satanic Temple: its members don’t, in fact, worship the Devil at all. Rather, the organization—or religion, as they’d prefer to be called—is, essentially, an ultimately altruistic group of people, typically self-proclaimed misfits, who wish to highlight the double standards of the so-called separation of church and state—all while co-opting Satanic iconography to get a rise out of Christian conservatives." The Film Stage...
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