Doctober

Each October, Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, our month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring some of the most diverse and varied programming offered all year. See something different this year. With over 60 films in the lineup for 2019, something for everyone is hardly an exaggeration.

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker visits, special guests, pre-screening receptions and guided discussions. Take a look at each event below to find more details.

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2019 Lineup:

Waldo on Weed

Waldo on Weed

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

When their son Waldo is just six months old, Brian and Danielle Dwyer notice that he’s experiencing difficulties with his vision. Receiving the devastating diagnosis of eye cancer, the parents follow doctors’ orders and begin chemotherapy on their infant. But when the chemo causes Waldo to become violently ill, they begin a desperate search for alternative therapies, and what they come across is an all-natural, chemical-free option: weed.

Alienating their friends, colleagues, and family—and without telling their pediatrician—Brian and Danielle make the controversial decision to treat Waldo with CBD oil. The triumphant results are captured in the film which includes joyous footage of the family as they uplift their lives from Philadelphia and build a new home on a cannabis farm. This documentary is a love letter from father to son.

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Thursday, September 26th

7:00pm

Saturday, September 28th

4:45pm

Anbessa

Anbessa

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, Italy, Ethiopia, USA, In Amharic w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by Real Change Whatcom
One evening only.

A young boy displaced by a massive condominium complex creates his own reality where as a lion (“anbessa”) he can face the forces beyond his control.

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Friday, September 27th

5:15pm

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Playing at Limelight Cinema

93 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by League of Women Voters and Good Time Girls
Voter registration from League of Women Voters on 9/27, 9/29, 10/2, and 10/3!

The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.” Molly’s words have proved prescient. Now it’s up to us to raise hell!

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Friday, September 27th

5:30pm

Saturday, September 28th

1:00pm 7:45pm

Sunday, September 29th

5:30pm

Monday, September 30th

7:45pm

Tuesday, October 1st

5:30pm

Wednesday, October 2nd

7:45pm

Thursday, October 3rd

5:30pm

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Playing at Pickford Film Center

91 minutes, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the 50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to the artist in present day.

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Friday, September 27th

7:30pm

Saturday, October 5th

12:45pm

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Playing at Limelight Cinema

90 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
OCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center Bellingham
All screenings of Moonlight Sonata will be presented with open captions

At its core, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements is a story about love, family and finding your voice. Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (Beware the Slenderman, One Last Hug) has been surrounded by deafness her entire life: Brodsky’s parents are deaf and her oldest child Jonas lost his hearing at the age of 4. While Jonas can hear now with the help of cochlear implants, this documentary chronicles her son’s journey to learn to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”; a piece the composer wrote while he was losing his hearing.

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Friday, September 27th

7:50pm

Saturday, September 28th

5:30pm

Sunday, September 29th

1:00pm 7:50pm

Monday, September 30th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 1st

7:50pm

Wednesday, October 2nd

5:30pm

Thursday, October 3rd

7:50pm

Wild Shorts

Wild Shorts

Playing at Pickford Film Center

72 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary, Shorts
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Head straight into the American tornado. See what climate change is doing to the arctic polar bear. Walk with a Vietnam veteran whose healing began in the wilderness. Run with tribal members as they unite at Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah. And find a reason to – yes– love bugs with lifelong partners and entomology pioneers Lois and Charlie O’Brien. The Wild Shorts program introduces us to people we would never meet otherwise, people who embrace and share their love for the wild.

Including short films:
Chasing Monsters
Bare Existence
Grizzly Country
Sacred Strides
The Love Bugs

Programmed by Doctober Assistant Programer Jane Julian.

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Saturday, September 28th

12:00pm

Friday, October 11th

5:15pm

Picture Character

Picture Character

Playing at Pickford Film Center

81 minutes, Australia, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji’s place as an emerging digital language, but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties to identity and inclusion. In Picture Character, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

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Saturday, September 28th

2:15pm

Monday, September 30th

5:45pm

Love, Antosha

Love, Antosha

Playing at Limelight Cinema

92 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated R: (for language, some sexual content and nudity)

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Film Is Truth 24 Times a Second

Love, Antosha tells the story of Anton Yelchin’s creative persistence. His devoted Russian parents nurtured his love of acting, exposing him to works of the masters. Often the youngest actor on set, Yelchin’s intense focus inspired many actors around him. Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pine, and John Cho share revealing insights into his character. Though he kept it a secret, Yelchin lived with a dangerous health condition, but he never became discouraged. As he grew into his craft, he continually enriched his understanding of the world, embodying an incredible authenticity.

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Saturday, September 28th

3:15pm

Sunday, September 29th

3:15pm

Push

Push

Playing at Pickford Film Center

92 minutes, Sweden, In English, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, and French w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by Chuckanut Builders
Presented by Bellingham Tenants Union

Push is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

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Saturday, September 28th

7:30pm

Monday, September 30th

8:00pm

Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders)

Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

86 minutes, USA, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders) (dir. Les Blank, 1976) is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film. 58 mins.

Also presenting Del Mero Corazón (Straight from the Heart) (dir. Les Blank and Maureen Gosling, 1979), a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tejano Conjunto and musica Norteña traditions. 28 mins.

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Sunday, September 29th

12:30pm

Thursday, October 10th

8:00pm

The Dog Doc

The Dog Doc

Playing at Pickford Film Center

101 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by Northwest Holistic Pet Care

Join us after the September 29 screening for a Skype Q&A with filmmaker/producer Cindy Meehl!

A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Combining conventional medical training with cutting edge alternative therapies, Dr. Marty’s deeply empathetic philosophy offers a vital example of how improving overall health rather than merely treating disease is transformative for all living things.

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Sunday, September 29th

2:30pm

Thursday, October 3rd

8:15pm

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Village Books

Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Words from a Bear visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings, relating each written line to his unique American experience representing ancestry, place, and oral history. Cinematically this story takes audiences on a spiritual journey through the expansive landscapes of the West, when Momaday’s Kiowa ancestors roamed the Great Plains with herds of buffalo, to the sand-painted valleys of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico where his imagination ripened and he showed superior writing skills as a young mission student.

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Sunday, September 29th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 1st

5:15pm

Ernie & Joe

Ernie & Joe

Playing at Pickford Film Center

96 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by NAMI Whatcom
One evening only.

Ernie & Joe is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.

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Tuesday, October 1st

7:30pm

Fire on the Hill

Fire on the Hill

Playing at Pickford Film Center

98 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Animals as Natural Therapy
visits by therapy horses at both screenings!

For most, South Central LA is synonymous with gang violence, drug trafficking, and crime. Yet for much of the twentieth century the area was an agricultural boomtown filled with ranchers, farmers, and equestrians alike. Since the city’s establishment, Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods have always had a culture of Black Cowboys. This culture has all but disappeared now in a wash of land-hungry developers, apathetic politicians, and relentless gang activity. Fire on the Hill tells the story of one of the last strongholds that the Cowboys have: a horse stable known as the Hill that was mysteriously set on fire in 2012.

Also screening short film Fast Horse.

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Wednesday, October 2nd

5:45pm

Monday, October 7th

8:00pm

Our Bodies Our Doctors

Our Bodies Our Doctors

Playing at Pickford Film Center

80 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Mount Baker Planned Parenthood
with Q&A moderated by director Jan Haaken

With clinic bombings, death threats, and harassment targeting providers and their families, it appeared by the 1990s that few doctors were willing to provide this service. But beneath the surface, a quiet rebellion was taking place in the field of medicine. A number of doctors came out publicly as abortion providers, even as the larger medical community often viewed them as “rogue physicians.” This rebellion depended heavily on working with women’s freestanding clinics and their feminist allies. Our Bodies Our Doctors takes viewers into the lives of these providers and their struggles to provide abortion procedures.

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Thursday, October 3rd

5:45pm

Sunday, October 13th

5:00pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Playing at Limelight Cinema

115 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
Featuring a performance by The Kevin Woods trio outside the Limelight Cinema on Friday evening from 7:45-8:30!

The definition of “cool” can be summed up by the name Miles Davis. The quintessential “Renaissance Man” known for his restless artistic aesthetic, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and highly respected figures in music. He changed the course of music five or six times, remains a fashion and cultural icon, and his globally recognized artwork continues to resonate with multiple generations. He was an extraordinary artist who sacrificed everything for his music –the man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

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Friday, October 4th

5:30pm 8:30pm

Saturday, October 5th

7:15pm

Sunday, October 6th

7:15pm

Monday, October 7th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Tuesday, October 8th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Wednesday, October 9th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Thursday, October 10th

5:30pm 8:15pm

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

Playing at Pickford Film Center

88 minutes, Netherlands, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World explores the promise of open source investigation, taking viewers inside the exclusive world of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat. In cases ranging from the MH17 disaster to the poisoning of a Russian spy in the United Kingdom, the Bellingcat team’s quest for truth will shed light on the fight for journalistic integrity in the era of fake news and alternative facts.

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Friday, October 4th

5:30pm

Wednesday, October 9th

5:30pm

Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Playing at Pickford Film Center

75 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·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 trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse – spotlighting iconic features, interviews, and anecdotes along the way – then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

Sponsored by Ann Reinhart

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Friday, October 4th

8:00pm

Sunday, October 13th

7:30pm

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Canada House
Shown in partnership with WWU Canadian-American Studies and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
One evening only.

Anthropocene follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains,Anthropocene traverses the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

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Saturday, October 5th

3:15pm

For Sama

For Sama

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, UK, In Arabic w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

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Saturday, October 5th

4:45pm

Sunday, October 6th

4:45pm

Human Nature

Human Nature

Playing at Pickford Film Center

107 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by WWU Chemistry Department in honor of National Chemistry Week

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.

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Saturday, October 5th

6:00pm

Monday, October 14th

8:00pm

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Playing at Limelight Cinema

95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG: .
Doctober

Official Site·Trailer

Presented as part of Third Eye Cinema, a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff with tickets for just $5.

Programmed by Michael Falter as part of Doctober. One evening only.

This film explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

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Saturday, October 5th

10:00pm

Katie

Katie

Playing at Pickford Film Center

89 minutes, Ireland, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented as part of Bellingham Irish Fest
+ 10:00am – 12:00: Open jam session in the lobby — everyone is welcome!
+ serving homemade Irish soda bread and tea
+ exhibits of historical Irish books from Western Washington Libraries Special Collections

One evening only.

Katie Taylor fell in love with boxing at the age of six but quickly found that her avenues into the ring were blocked by the sport’s traditionally sexist culture. Women were banned from boxing in Ireland, so she dressed as a boy to enter competitions. This was the first of many obstacles that intensified her drive to succeed and strengthened her relationship with her dad, who was both her coach and closest confidant.

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Sunday, October 6th

12:00pm

Gay Chorus Deep South

Gay Chorus Deep South

Playing at Pickford Film Center

100 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Echoes

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

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Sunday, October 6th

2:30pm

Monday, October 21st

8:15pm

The Hottest August

The Hottest August

Playing at Pickford Film Center

94 minutes, USA, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Set in a sizzling New York City, The Hottest August is Brett Story’s visionary look at a culture on the precipice as both climate change and disaster capitalism eclipse our future. Despite an edgy undercurrent of anxiety, the film locates a warm humanity in interactions with a cross section of New Yorkers expert at “rolling with the punches,” as one Staten Island couple says outside of their garage. The rich set of characters includes a futuristic Afronaut, Hurricane Sandy holdouts, a Zumba instructor, and 1920s-style dancers who could be deckhands on the Titanic. While this smart, incisive essay taps into passages by Zadie Smith, Karl Marx, and Annie Dillard, Story’s presence can be felt strongly throughout: she acts as free-ranging poet/meteorologist with a farsighted ability to forecast our uncertain destiny.

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Sunday, October 6th

5:15pm

Tuesday, October 15th

5:15pm

Midnight Family

Midnight Family

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, Mexico, In Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As the Ochoas try to make a living in this fraught industry, they struggle to keep their dire finances from compromising the people in their care.

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Monday, October 7th

5:30pm

Saturday, October 19th

3:15pm

Motherload

Motherload

Playing at Pickford Film Center

81 minutes, USA, Australia, Germany, Ghana, Nicaragua, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by WTA + Smart Trips, with post-screening panel discussions featuring local parents, commuters, and business owners who have discovered the power of cargo bikes.

Motherload is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying passengers and heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and Motherload was born.

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Tuesday, October 8th

6:15pm

Sunday, October 20th

6:30pm

Mister America

Mister America

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated R: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Bellingham Harold
One evening only. With a recorded intro and 10+ minute post-feature Q&A with Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington.

A young filmmaker follows Tim Heidecker during the last month of his campaign for San Bernardino County District Attorney in this absurd mockumentary from the creators of On CinemaMister America. Heidecker, who recently beat a murder charge for selling faulty e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, has mounted the campaign as an act of absurd revenge against the current DA, whom he faced in court. Despite a checkered past and no legal qualifications, he attempts to win over voters by leaning into his personal likability. It does not go well.

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Wednesday, October 9th

8:00pm

Kifaru

Kifaru

Playing at Pickford Film Center

79 minutes, USA, Kenya, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

A feature-length documentary that follows the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit — a small group of rangers that protect and care for Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Spanning over the course of the caretakers first four years on the job, Kifaru allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan rhino caretakers who witness extinction happening in real-time.

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Thursday, October 10th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 20th

4:15pm

Becoming Nobody

Becoming Nobody

Playing at Limelight Cinema

81 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Ayurvedic Health Center

Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass, who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.

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Friday, October 11th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 12th

3:30pm

Sunday, October 13th

5:45pm

Monday, October 14th

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 15th

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 16th

5:45pm

Thursday, October 17th

5:45pm

It Started as a Joke

It Started as a Joke

Playing at Pickford Film Center

75 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary, Comedy
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Chronicling the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival through its farewell show in 2017, It Started as a Joke is a warm and generous inside look at Brooklyn’s alternative comedy community. Begun as, yes, a joke by Mirman in 2008, the festival went on to become a beloved annual tradition, a refreshingly DIY, anything-goes (one’s year’s theme: “The Drunk Show”) showcase for some of New York’s brightest comic talents, including Mike Birbiglia, Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, and many others. Interweaving priceless standup sets from the festival alongside Mirman’s candid reflections on his creative process and his family’s personal struggles, this delightful documentary is a hilarious and heartfelt ode to the end of an era in New York City comedy.

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Friday, October 11th

7:30pm

Wednesday, October 23rd

8:00pm

First Position

First Position

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .
Pickford Family Matinees

Official Site·Trailer

Kid Pickford, presented by Bank of the Pacific. Tickets are only $1.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, First Position, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

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Saturday, October 12th

1:00pm

Union Maids

Union Maids

Playing at Pickford Film Center

50 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by United Faculty of Western Washington and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) Local 114, featuring historical images of Teamsters on display courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Archives.

One evening only.

Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO: the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. Released in 1976, it was the first film of its kind–an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women. The film was widely distributed in 16mm, including theatrical dates in about 20 cities.

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Saturday, October 12th

3:30pm

Finding Home in Boomtown

Finding Home in Boomtown

Playing at Pickford Film Center

80 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the YWCA

Finding Home in Boomtown is a cinéma vérité documentary about Briana and John-Mark Echols, and their dream to build a tiny house community for the homeless in oil boom-town Midland, Texas.

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Saturday, October 12th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

5:30pm

Los Reyes

Los Reyes

Playing at Limelight Cinema

78 minutes, Chile, Germany, In Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Humane Society of Skagit County

Los Reyes (“The Kings”) is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the balls. The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voiceover.

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Saturday, October 12th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 13th

3:30pm

Mr. Jimmy

Mr. Jimmy

Playing at Pickford Film Center

113 minutes, USA, Japan, In English and Japanese w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a “salary man” by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page.

For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever.

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Saturday, October 12th

8:00pm

Thursday, October 17th

8:00pm

Say Amen, Somebody

Say Amen, Somebody

Playing at Pickford Film Center

100 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated G: .

Official Site·Trailer

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Sunday, October 13th

12:00pm

Friday, October 18th

5:05pm

Salmon People & Other Stories

Salmon People & Other Stories

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions

One evening only.

Children of the Setting Sun Productions returns after a full year of filming in and around the Salish Sea. Come see the vibrancy of local Native cultures in a series of short films, our latest honoring the Women of Canoe Journey in this year’s Paddle to Lummi. Also showing is Salmon People, with new scenes illuminating the intricate relationship between salmon and the Coast Salish peoples. CSSP will live host the event and would love to hear your voices in the after show discussion of the work.

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Sunday, October 13th

2:45pm

Massacre River

Massacre River

Playing at Pickford Film Center

81 minutes, ., In Spanish, French, English w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

This documentary takes place in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, two ethnically and culturally distinct countries that have been forced to share an island since colonial times. The film follows Pikilina, a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, and her family. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic, reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with 250,000 others. With the stroke of a pen, generations of people are left without a homeland. This sets Pikilina off on an epic journey as she struggles to regain her Dominican citizenship. Pikilina now faces the choice of fighting for her rightful citizenship and exposing herself to danger, or fleeing with her family to Haiti, a country she barely knows.

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Monday, October 14th

5:30pm

Sunday, October 27th

4:15pm

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Playing at Pickford Film Center

82 minutes, USA, Mexico, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival

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 world’s authority on Mexican cuisine. Standing barely five feet tall with a still-thick English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of any individual who doesn’t agree with her subjective views of Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.

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Tuesday, October 15th

7:30pm

Sunday, October 27th

11:00am

The Queen

The Queen

Playing at Pickford Film Center

68 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented as part of our LGBT+ film series The Queens’ Vernacular

One evening only.

More than 40 years before RuPaul’s Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant’s bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990).

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Wednesday, October 16th

5:45pm

Earth (Erde)

Earth (Erde)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

115 minutes, Austria, In English, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Homo Sapiens, Our Daily Bread) observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

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Wednesday, October 16th

7:45pm

Saturday, October 26th

2:30pm

American Dharma

American Dharma

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, USA, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Indivisble Bellingham
One evening only.

Veteran documentarian Errol Morris directs American Dharma, a long-form examination of alt-right figurehead and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. In-depth interviews with Bannon reveal his past political tactics and his future predictions on the state of the union.

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Thursday, October 17th

5:30pm

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

Playing at Limelight Cinema

74 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the North Cascades Institute

YES! An artistically-shot, scientifically-sound, life-affirming film about mycelium: the incredible, intelligent network under our feet that has the proven ability to restore our ecosystem, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship to nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to be an educational, inspirational, and ultimately critical film that explores the uses and benefits of fungi in the areas of medicine, environmental engineering, and personal transformation. Narrated by Brie Larson and featuring insight from Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, and Andrew Weil.

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Friday, October 18th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 19th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 20th

5:45pm

Monday, October 21st

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 23rd

5:45pm

Thursday, October 24th

5:45pm

Lynch: A History

Lynch: A History

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

An evening with director David Shields on Friday, October 18.

Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.

Born and raised in in Oakland by a single mother, Lynch became an All-American, an All-Pro running back, and a Super Bowl champion, but over the last five years he has emerged as a nationally significant figure precisely because he has refused to “play the game” of being a dutiful, cliché-bound interviewee.

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Friday, October 18th

7:30pm

Saturday, October 19th

12:30pm

Vision Portraits

Vision Portraits

Playing at Limelight Cinema

78 minutes, Germany, Canada, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Filmmaker Rodney Evans comes to terms with his vision loss in this moving documentary about how artists cope with being visually impaired. Part confessional and part artistic journey, Vision Portraits chronicles a dancer, a photographer, a writer, and a filmmaker as they confront the many ways identity and career are shaped by unexpected physical realities.

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Saturday, October 19th

3:30pm

Sunday, October 20th

3:30pm

Well Groomed

Well Groomed

Playing at Pickford Film Center

88 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by Shake & Shine

Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and Well Groomed captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of the artists involved. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit, playfully exploring their creative process. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, these women are revolutionizing the age old question – what is art? Director Rebecca Stern has captured an up-close and revealing look at pets, families, friendships and the glory of dog grooming through a bright spectrum of color.

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Saturday, October 19th

6:00pm

Thursday, October 24th

8:00pm

Inside Lehman Brothers

Inside Lehman Brothers

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Ten years after the Wall Street meltdown of 2008, questions still linger over whether insiders could see it coming or do more to stop it. Inside Lehman Brothers is an involving autopsy of what led to the largest bankruptcy filing in US history. The film profiles several insiders who had early warning signs about the dangers of subprime mortgages and tried to sound alarms from within. The stories of these whistleblowers deepen our understanding of the mindset that caused the crash and serve as a stark warning for the future.

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Sunday, October 20th

11:00am

Monday, October 28th

8:00pm

The Pollinators

The Pollinators

Playing at Pickford Film Center

92 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by the Community Food Co-op

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.

We will talk to farmers, scientist, chefs, economists and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees and what it means to our food security.

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Sunday, October 20th

1:30pm

Tuesday, October 22nd

8:00pm

Pizza: A Love Story

Pizza: A Love Story

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

It’s the most loved food in America. And we want to tell you a story about three pizza places in the town of New Haven, Connecticut that you may or may not have heard of. They’re named: Sally’s Apizza, Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana, and Modern Apizza, and they are generally considered to be three of the finest pizza restaurants on the planet.

Anyone who’s ever sampled a pie from one of these New Haven brick oven pizza palaces, knows that they’ve just tasted the finest pizza known to mankind. One bite and there is no going back.

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Monday, October 21st

6:00pm

WBCN and The American Revolution

WBCN and The American Revolution

Playing at Pickford Film Center

123 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

WBCN and The American Revolution is a landmark feature documentary that tells the previously untold story of the early days of the underground, radical radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early-1970s.

The documentary includes never before exhibited film material shot by Andy Warhol and cinema verite pioneer Ricky Leacock, and photographic images from a host of top 1960s photographers including the late Peter Simon, brother of singer Carly Simon, who also appears in the film, and Jeff Albertson.

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Wednesday, October 23rd

5:15pm

Saturday, October 26th

11:45am

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Playing at Pickford Film Center

98 minutes, Germany, UK, Australia, In English, Persian, French, and Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

The burning of ghost money perfumes the air on far-off Christmas Island where Poh Lin Lee, a trauma therapist, lives on the island with her husband and daughters. While Lee helps detained immigrants work through their trauma, migrating crabs freely move from the jungle to the ocean, coddled by locals who gently rake them from the path of oncoming vehicles. Lee’s therapeutic work, which is filmed in a uniquely intimate way, and her mediation between the unhappy spirits and the detainees take a toll on her relationship with her family. Director Gabrielle Brady conjures a poetic darkness that evinces a confrontation of nature and human suffering.

With a recorded introduction from Director Gabrielle Brady.

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Thursday, October 24th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 29th

8:00pm

Changing the Game

Changing the Game

Playing at Pickford Film Center

88 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Whatcom Youth Pride and the Queer Youth Project

Mack Beggs made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling — as a boy. Fighting Texas State policy and drawing international media coverage, he was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others. The tumultuous press surrounding his success continues to pull Mack in multiple directions as he and his family navigate the media and this year’s State wrestling tournament, all while trying to graduate high school. We hear two other stories from trans high school atheletes, and these courageous kids offer us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes — and share their struggles and successes along the way.

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Friday, October 25th

5:30pm

Sunday, October 27th

1:45pm

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Playing at Limelight Cinema

91 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG-13: (for thematic material and brief strong language)

Official Site·Trailer

Sponsored by TrueBearing Consulting

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.

Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer — but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.

Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.

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Friday, October 25th

5:45pm

Saturday, October 26th

5:45pm

Sunday, October 27th

5:45pm

Monday, October 28th

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 29th

5:45pm

Wednesday, October 30th

5:45pm

Thursday, October 31st

5:45pm

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Playing at Pickford Film Center

94 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Talking to Crows

Few realize that sound is 50% of the cinematic experience. Building on the pioneering sight-and-sound discoveries of iconic filmmakers, this documentary features the first generation of recognized Sound Designers who designed great movies with sound before a frame was shot. We will explore the collaborative relationship between Sound Designers and the visionary directors they work with by entering their creative realms via interviews and clips from their movies. We check out the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology and learn how sound transforms not only the cinematic experience, but also our lives.

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Friday, October 25th

8:00pm

Monday, October 28th

5:30pm

Jay Myself

Jay Myself

Playing at Limelight Cinema

79 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Mindport Exhibits
“Before you can see, you have to look”. Come early to ‘look,’ ‘see,’ and interact with exhibits provided by Mindport.

Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home–the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

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Saturday, October 26th

8:00pm

Sunday, October 27th

3:30pm

After So Many Days

After So Many Days

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the conventionally successful band they hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo made a spontaneous decision to go “all in,” making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads, and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries. After So Many Days is an intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it’s like for two people to pursue a dream, together.

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Sunday, October 27th

6:45pm

Wednesday, October 30th

5:45pm

The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

We are in a plastic crisis.

Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, Big Plastic only plans to expand production. We need to chart a different course.

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Tuesday, October 29th

5:45pm

Saturday, November 2nd

12:00pm

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Playing at Pickford Film Center

99 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Bleedingham and shown as part of our series The Queens’ Vernacular

Your ticket for Scream, Queen! on October 31 gains you entrance to A Nightmare on Elm Street II, screening at 8:30pm!

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street sets the records straight about the controversial sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, which ended Mark Patton’s acting career, just as it was about to begin.

Scream, Queen follows Patton as he travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” The film also finds Patton confronting Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time, including Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

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Thursday, October 31st

6:30pm

Saturday, November 2nd

2:15pm

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, English, In Horror, Doctober
Rated R: (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)

Official Site·Trailer

Presented by Bleedingham

Your ticket to Doctober documentary Scream, Queen! gains you free entrance to A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! You can also purchase tickets to just Nightmare 2 at the link below.

Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) moves with his family into the home of the lone survivor from a series of attacks by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). There, Jesse is bedeviled by nightmares and inexplicably violent impulses. It turns out Freddy needs a host body to carry out his gruesome vendetta against the youth of Springwood, Ohio. While Freddy gains influence, Jesse and his girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), race against the clock trying to figure out what’s going on.

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Thursday, October 31st

8:30pm

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