Doc-ED was inaugurated in 2014 with support from the Mary Redman Foundation. We were able to offer films to 1,100 students in the four Bellingham Public School middle schools. It became apparent immediately that transportation inequities were making the program available only to schools in close proximity to PFC or that were well funded by their PTA. Our efforts then turned toward raising enough funds to offer films and transportation to all Bellingham middle schools in 2015.

After funding tickets for all BPS middle school students, our team sought to reach students outside the city limits, who often have fewer field trip opportunities due to location or lack of school resources. In October 2016, 4,100 public and Lummi tribal middle school students from throughout Whatcom County came to our theater for the Doc-ED program, where they had the option to view one of three compelling new documentaries, free of charge. For October 2017 we have been working hard to engage all county middle schools, and will reach as many as 5,400 young people.

Teachers and administrators interested in finding out more about Doc-ED can contact Education Outreach Manager Lucas Holtgeerts

Doc-ED has proven to be a great program that the students love. We want this program to continue each year and to continue to thrive so that we can keep bringing more and more students to see documentary films on the big screen, in a shared experience with others at the cinema. To support Doc-ED, please MAKE A GIFT today.


Doc-ED 2017 features four films


Watch the Trailer | 72min | Available for Doc-ED trips in October and November
Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC is granted permission to be the first high school in the country to perform the multiple Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple. Film director Joanne Hock follows the students through auditions, rehearsals, setbacks and successes. Four students in particular are profiled, and the film uses their stories to illustrate the power of arts education, particularly for at risk students.

Public Screening during Doctober: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 @ 6:30PM & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 @ 7:00PM – Buy Tickets



Watch the Trailer | 102min | Classrooms that view this film are qualified to sign up for free media literacy sessions
Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois, which they call their “medicine game,” and is the lifeblood of their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team is not only among the world’s best, but ambassadors for their Nation’s sovereignty and recognition. In 2015, the Iroquois hosted the World Championships on Native soil for the first time ever, in which history, politics and culture all collided on the playing field before the eyes of the world.

Public Screening during Doctober: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @ 4:15PM & MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 @ 4:00PM – Buy Tickets



Watch the Trailer | 120min | Limited dates available
It’s one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. Launched in August 1977, Voyager has defied all the odds, survived countless near misses and almost 40 years later continues to beam revolutionary information across unimaginable distances with less computing power than a modern hearing aid. It’s estimated that Voyager’s nuclear generator will last another decade before the lights finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. It could very well outlive humanity and our creations and be the only evidence that we ever existed.

Public Screening during Doctober: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 @ 6:00PM & WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 @ 3:45PM – Buy Tickets



Watch the Trailer | 90min | Only available for bookings 11/15 – 12/15
In 2016 Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence team creates a program that can play Go, the ancient Chinese board game that’s considered to be the most complicated game on Earth. To test the skills of the Deepmind AI, a competition is held in South Korea against Lee Sedol, the world’s most successful Go champion. This documentary focuses on preparations for the tournament, a high-stakes faceoff between man and machine.

Public Screening during Doctober: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 6:30PM & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 @ 4:15PM – Buy Tickets