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. In October 2017 we invited all county middle schools, over 5,400 young people.

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

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 2018


Watch the Trailer | 87min | Available for Doc-ED trips in October and November
Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats–found right in their own backyards–while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Public Screening during Doctober: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 3:15 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ 1:30 – Buy Tickets



Watch the Trailer | 78min | Available for Doc-ED trips in October and November
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, OCTOBER 6 @ 6:15PM & MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets



Thank you to all of the generous donors who supported Doc-ED in 2018:

Anne and Michael Abrams
Theresa and Scott Allen
Bruce and Jodie Barbour
Patricia Bartz
Elisabeth Bays
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Wray Berry
George and Cathy Bertschler
Drew and Mike Betz
Jan Bonzon
Terry and Jane Brooks
Tom Burkland and Jacqueline Nicolai
Jeanne and Bill Carroll
Julia and Karl Clauset
Carolina Coleman
Carol and Dennis Comeau
Ross and Barbara Craigie
dave sound and Kali Tupper
Richard DeWaard
Jan Draut and Victoria Dahlgren
Kurt Duey
Christy and Steven Emory
Marilyn Glenn and Steve Tatham
Loie Haggen
Marta Hand
Sherrie Hansen
Nicole and Pam Helmstetter
Robin and Charley Hobbs
Karen and Jim Hollingsworth
Claudia and Dan Hollod
Philip Humphries and Cynthia St Clair
John and Donna Inglis
Pam Ives
Kelly and Susan Kendall
Daniel Kirkpatrick and Lisa Beck
William Kohlhaase and Jeri Rudolf
Barbara Lancaster
Maplewood Animal Hospital
Ross Marquardt and Jennifer Purcell
Carol Marston and Bob Brunkow
Vermont and Donna McAllister
Lisa and Rob McArdle
Susan and James Mishalani
Eric and Karen Mittet
Richard Mollette
Amy Kraham and Gib Morrow
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Janet Mumma
David Narsico
Karen Sloss and David Nemens
Leslie and Sid Nesbit
Susan and Stefany Ness
Lois and Bob Nicholl
Judy and Jim Orvik
Susie Purves
Mary Redman
Nancy and Tim Selby
Becca and Eric Shew
Ruth Shuster
Brian Sibley
Vince Spucces and Amy Shavelson
Sandie and Jack Starr
Donna and Don Starr
Diane Staves
Leslie Sweeney
Kathleen Tate
Michael and Michele Tomlinson
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund
Whatcom Community Foundation – Posel Gockley Fund