Every fall, Pickford Film Center plays host to thousands of middle school students in a one-of- a-kind educational event: Doc-ED. Through donations and grants, PFC is able to welcome Whatcom County middle schoolers to enjoy a new documentary with tickets, transportation, and popcorn all taken care of.

In conjunction with our annual Doctober festival, Doc-ED is open to every public and tribal middle school in Whatcom County during the months of October and November. Students are invited to screen new educational documentaries at the Pickford at no cost to the school. Through fundraising and donations, PFC covers the cost of tickets, transportation and popcorn for over 4,000 students in Whatcom County. Doc-ED film selections consist of age appropriate documentaries featuring the arts, sciences, and young people in cultures around the world.

For more information about Doc-ED, contact Lesley Schroeder:




Apollo 11

Take a trip to the moon in acclaimed found footage documentary Apollo 11. Never-before-seen and beautifully restored footage takes you alongside astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they embark on NASA’s historic voyage to the moon. Recommend for grades 6th-8th.




Age recommendation: 7th-8th Grade
Journeying beyond the global headlines around ‘Sudan,’ the last male northern white rhino in existence, and explore the painful emptiness of extinction through the eyes of Sudan’s three primary caregivers. Teetering on borrowed time and with his health in decline, Sudan’s looming death and the uncertainty of employment that it will bring hangs over the heads of our three dynamic characters. Their only hope to save the species that they love – and perhaps their livelihood – rests fully in the success of a last resort IVF experiment.




Age recommendation: 6th-8th Grade
Tracey Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World in Maiden. In this inspiring and thrilling documentary, Tracy recounts her voyage alongside her all-women crew, chronicling the hardships and victories during the longest boat race on earth.



The Serengeti Rules

Age recommendation: 6th-8th Grade
Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head, and offer new hope for restoring our world. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. These five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.


Thank you to all the generous donors who supported Doc-ED in 2019

Elisabeth Bays
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Beth Brownfield
Carolina Coleman
Michael and Leslie Guelker-Cone
John and Donna Inglis
Aireekah Laudert
Judy and Jim Orvik
Mary Redman
Brian Sibley
Wilma Totten
Diane and Bob Trunek
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund
Whatcom Community Foundation Funds: Evelyn Pryce Memorial Fund, Posel Gockley Fund