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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!

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My Wonderful Wanda

My Wonderful Wanda

Tickets $12

Dir. Bettina Oberli | 2020 | 111 min

Switzerland | in German with English subtitles

Winner of awards at Tribeca and Vancouver, MY WONDERFUL WANDA is a delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland. At the story’s center is Wanda (Agnieszka Grochowska) a Polish caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef (André Jung) the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown (if still childish) offspring and the elegant if controlling matriarch Elsa (an amazing Marthe Keller), along with the sporadic intervention of animals stuffed or alive. But an unexpected turn of events turns everything upside down. While MY WONDERFUL WANDA exposes present-day realities of class injustice, thanks to writer-director Bettina Oberli’s empathetic lens, it is never less than a very human comedy.

BILL TRAYLOR: CHASING GHOSTS

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

Tickets $12

Dir. Jeffrey Wolf | 2019 | 76 min

USA | in English

This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture.

Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective.

Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendents, and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America’s most prominent artists to a wide audience.

2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS

2021 OSCAR Nominated Short Films

Tickets: $12 for individual showcase, $30 Bundle 

For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on April 2nd. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, April 25th.

ANIMATED SHORTS

Running Time: 99 minutes

PG-13. In IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, parents mourn their child, killed in a school shooting. GENIUS LOCI contains some “shits” and “fucks,” smoking, and very brief nudity. The program overall, while excellent, deals with some tough issues and a few of the films are not suitable for children under 12.

Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)
Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
Opera – Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)
If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS (from the AMPAS shortlist):
Kapaemahu (USA, 8 min.)
The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)
To Gerard (USA, 7 min.)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Running Time: 118 minutes

R. The Hong Kong protests, Black history, the Holocaust. Please note that HUNGER WARD is a very intense look at child hunger in Yemen and the program is very much not for young audiences.

Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France/Germany/USA, 24 min.)
A Concerto Is a Conversation – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA, 13 min.)
Do Not Split – Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (USA/Norway, 20 min.)
Hunger Ward – Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (USA, 40 min.)
A Love Song for Latasha – Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (USA, 18 min.)

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Running Time: 125 minutes

R. Adult themes and language.

Feeling Through – Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)
The Letter Room – Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)
The Present – Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)
Two Distant Strangers – Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)
White Eye – Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)

PERFUMES

Perfumes

Tickets $10

Dir.​ Grégory Magne | 2019 | 100 min

France | in French with English subtitles

Anne Walberg is a master in perfumes. She creates fragrances and sells her incredible gift to many companies. She is a diva, selfish and temperamental. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who dares facing her. This is probably why she does not fire him.

YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY

You Will Die at Twenty

Tickets $10 

Dir.​ Amjad Abu Alala | 2019 | 102 min

Sudan | in Arabic with English subtitles

Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is visually sumptuous “coming-of-death” fable. During her son’s naming ceremony, a Sheikh predicts that Sakina’s child will die at the age of 20. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate. As Muzamil escapes Sakina’s ever-watchful eye, he encounters friends, ideas and challenges that make him question his destiny. Sudan’s first Oscar submission, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY is an auspicious debut and a moving meditation on what it means to live in the present.

 

FOOD CLUB

Food Club

Tickets $12 

Dir.​ Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg | 2020 | 100 min

Denmark | in Danish with English subtitles

Marie recently found herself abandoned on Christmas Eve by her husband and has been falling apart ever since. Berling has been the eternal “bacherlorette” who outwardly denies her age and lives the sweet life, all seems perfect until we find out about her complicated relationship with her daughter. Vanja is still living in the past and has never been able to move on from her late husband. The three life long girlfriends decides to travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia and here they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves and acknowledge that the most important thing in life is their friendship and that it’s never too late to live a more fulfilling life.

THE FEVER

The Fever

Tickets $12 general $10 members

Dir.​ Maya Da-Rin | 2019 | 98 min

Brazil, France, Germany | in Tukano and Portuguese with English subtitles

Manaus is an industrial city surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. Justino, a 45 years old member of the indigenous Desana people, works as a security guard at the cargo port. Since the death of his wife, his main company is his youngest daughter with whom he lives in a house on the outskirts of town. Nurse at a health clinic, Vanessa is accepted to study medicine in Brasilia and will need to be leaving soon.

As the days go by, Justino is overcome by a strong fever. During the day, he fights to stay awake at work. During the night, a mysterious creature follows his footsteps. But soon the tedious routine of the harbor is broken by the arrival of a new guard. Meanwhile, his brother’s visit makes Justino remember the life in the forest, from where he left twenty years ago. Between the oppression of the city and the distance of his native village in the forest, Justino can no longer endure an existence without place.

Great Art On Screen

GREAT ART ON SCREEN

This series of documentaries returns to the PFC through virtual cinema! 

Tickets $10

DAILY VIRTUAL SCREENING TIMES:  10AM  | 1PM  | 4PM | 7PM

Each film is available through “appointment screenings” four times per day over an initial seven-day period following release. Tickets may be pre-purchased and films are ONLY available to watch at the time of the “appointment screening”.  Tickets and screenings are through Stellar Tickets and can be viewed with any device and through the Stellar app for Roku, Apple TV & more. We recommend finding the best way to use the platform for your home screening before the scheduled showtime. 

Frida Viva La Vida

March 17 – 23
90 min | NR

A cinematic documentary celebrating the revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism.  Featuring Hilda Trujillo Soto, director of the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City and Cristina Kahlo, Frida Kahlo’s grandniece, historical documents and other personal items belonging to Frida normally not accessible to the public,  and Kahlo’s own paintings, on display in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

Secret Impressionists

April 28 – May 4
90 min | PG-13

Secret Impressionists reveals the story of the art revolution sparked by the Impressionist movement of the late 1800s. The art-documentary unveils 50 previously unseen works by Impressionist masters Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Signac, Sisley, and Morisot. 

 

Hermitage: the power of art

May 26 – June 1
90 min | best for Pg-13 audiences

A spectacular documentary tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture. 

Akira Kurosawa Trivia 4/8

PFC Trivia: Directors Series

Akira Kurosawa

3/11 @ 7PM | Free for PFC Members | $5 general admission

Join film & trivia lovers every other Thursday night as local favorite Quizmaster Randall, host of World’s Best Trivia, leads us through a 4-part Directors series. Each time we’ll dive deep into three trivia rounds with categories both directly tied to the specific director as well as themes invoked by their works.

Go solo or get your team together and register now!

Win PFC merch, tickets & more!

 

STEPS TO PLAY

 

  • Click on the Register Here button below to purchase a ticket. *Members are free but still need a ticket.
  • Follow the link in your confirmation email to register for the game with Quizmaster Randall via Zoom.
  • Teams may be formed either with individual registrations or by a single Team Captain registration. * Please note that only registered users are eligible for prize giveaways.
  • Each registered user will receive a Zoom link from Quizmaster Randall approx. 2 hours prior to game time. This link should be shared directly with each of your teammates if they have not pre-registered.

 

Registrations may be made up until 10 minutes before game time

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WITHIN OUR GATES

Within Our Gates

Tickets FREE with code PIONEER

Dir. Oscar Micheaux | 1920 | 79 min

USA 

Filmed over 100 years ago, Micheaux’s film is the earliest surviving feature film made by an African-American director and was named to the National Film Registry in 1992. KINO’s restoration is presented in cooperation with the Library of Congress and features a musical score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Also included is a short documentary with film historian Charles Musser, author of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle, discussing the significance of Micheaux’s life and work.

IDENTIFYING FEATURES

Identifying Features

Tickets $12

Dir. Fernanda Valadez | 2020 | NR | 94 min

Mexico, Spain | in Spanish with English subtitles.

Identifying Features tells the story of Magdalena, a mother who embarks on a journey in search of her son who disappeared en route to the US border. Traveling through the foreboding towns and landscapes of northern Mexico, she meets Miguel, a young man recently deported from the United States who is making his way home. The two accompany one another: Magdalena looking for her son, and Miguel eager to see his mother again in a territory where victims and aggressors ramble together. The poignant drama, set in the current Mexican humanitarian crisis, spotlights the country’s failed war against drug cartels, disappearances of migrants bound for the US and the dangerous odyssey of those looking for missing family members.

The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

Streaming 1/8 | Tickets $12

Dir. Jerry Rothwell | 2020 | NR | 82 min

UK, USA | in English and Krio.

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida􏰟s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 􏰔􏰑, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are ​linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

LIVE Q&A

Livestreamed Q&A with filmmaker Jerry Rothwell and subjects from the film, moderated by Katelyn Flint, reporter/anchor NBC 10 Boston and NECN

Sunday, January 10 at 2pm EST 

 

NY DOG FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK DOG FILM FESTIVAL 2020 

NR, 100 min, USA, in English.

Tickets $12

There is no nudity, sexual reference, vulgar language or physical or verbal abuse between people – and no animals were harmed – in these films. Any tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The films can be watched by all members of the family, but is intended for adults and more mature children.

NO HOME WITHOUT YOU (4 min) Amy Rivard’s “visual poem” about the unconditional love and magic that dogs bring to our lives.

LADY B’s FIRST WINTER: Puppy to Avalanche Dog (23 min) Scott Ransom’s documentary about raising a puppy to be an avalanche rescue dog, filmed in the gorgeous Telluride mountains.

FINDING SHELTER (30 min) Erin Parks’ documentary follows a British family that moves to Bulgaria, where they are so moved by the plight of homeless dogs and cats that they open the first (and therefore controversial) local animal shelter and adopt out dogs internationally.

DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE: The Playgroup Change (4 min) Tucker Eurman shows the mutual transformation of shelter dogs and their handlers when Dogs Playing for Life liberates the dogs from their cages into outdoor playgroups.

PUREBRED LOVE (19 min) Laura O’Grady follows three purebred dog breeders, their passion for their dogs, and the quirky world of dog showing.

IT TAKES AN ISLAND: Saving the Aruba Cunucu Street Dog (15 min) Michael Bulda’s documentary about the determined volunteers working against difficult odds on behalf of the unfortunate street dogs trying to survive on this otherwise beautiful island.

ESCAMOL(4 min) Silvia Santoyo’s narrative from the point of view of Escamol, a rescued dog who feels left out when his adopter brings home more dogs.

FROM SHELTER TO MOUNTAINS (1 min) Evan Curtis shows us the life change for a shelter dog who gets adopted into an idyllic outdoor life.

  • Program is subject to change without notice.

NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK CAT FILM FESTIVAL 2020

Streaming begins 11/6  
NR, 91 min, USA, in English.
Tickets $12

There is no nudity, sexual reference, vulgar language or physical or verbal abuse between people – and no animals were harmed – in these films. Any tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The films can be watched by all members of the family, but is intended for adults and more mature children.

CATS CRADLE (12:00) Jonathan Napolitano’s documentary about a retired couple who transformed their farmhouse into a hospice and senior living facility for cats. 

BHUVANA & ABHISHEK (8:00) Mutual Rescue’s real story of a couple whose marriage was in trouble- and was saved by their mutual love of a cat. 

CATCHA CAT (3:00) Blake Stowe’s funny story of two escape-artist cats and their owner who tries to catch them.

GOODNIGHT FRIEND (16:00)  Rowenna Baldwin’s documentary exploring how deeply people can grieve over losing their pet.  

TEAM MeowSA (3:00) Diana Lee Woody’s mockumentary about “a fiercely dedicated cat-athlete who made her Olympic debut in the 2018 Pyeongmeow Olympics.” 

CATS MY LIFE (8:00) Alice Obar’s documentary about the life of a cat rescuer, surrounded by her “children,” the stray kitties she has saved. 

CAT CAFE (20:00) Steve Latham’s documentary shows the happiness spread by a cat cafe.

JUST VISITING (2:00) Charlie Kothe’s animated tale that proves how a “cool cat” behaves.   

FURBALL (6:00) Jason Rogerson’s imagining of how far a demanding cat will go to get his person’s attention.

9 LIVES – TALES FROM THE CAT SHOW 

Anicia’s story (4:00) Alyssa Pinter’s look inside the life of an autistic young lady whose life has been transformed by going to cat shows. 

FELINE PARALYSIS (5:00) Annie Laurie Medonis’s mockumentary on “feline paralysis,” the condition in which a person is unable to move due to the presence of a cat on one’s lap.

  • Program is subject to change without notice.

An Average Day

An Average Day at Pickford Film Center During Quarantine

PFC Education Outreach Manager Mikayla Nicholson recounts her typical work day while the theatre is shut down to conventional crowds

 

The doors might be closed, but Pickford Film Center is still very much in the business of bringing you new films. As our community and the whole world adjusts to a new way of working and connecting, we take you behind the scenes of your local independent movie theater to see what the average day is like for a Pickford employee during quarantine…

8:00 a.m. – Wake up. Cuddle with cat. Pull myself away from the cat and step into my home office AKA a desk four feet away from my bed. Make coffee. My cat likes to sit in the office chair, so I let her have it and grab a chair from the kitchen.

PFC Education Outreach Manager Mikayla Nicholson. Photo courtesy: Pickford Film Center

9:00 a.m. –  Get a call from Susie, our executive director, with various updates and directives. Before COVID-19, we were scheduling field trips for more than 700 kids to watch the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival shorts packages at the Pickford. I make sure all PFC field trips and rentals have been properly canceled, working out logistics and refunds, taking events off our shared calendars and putting them into a master rescheduling spreadsheet. A colleague put it succinctly when she recently wrote: “It becomes our job to undo the work we’ve done.” Ouch. Try not to think about it. Put on a movie—Legally Blonde—distract myself. Answer emails. Research various film-related educational resources we could put on our website. Think about other movies that motivate me to work from home…

10:00 a.m. – Attend manager meeting via Zoom video conferencing. It’s nice to see everyone. We discuss the Pickford’s shift to exhibiting new movies online. Michael Falter, our programming director, is quickly booking a slate of new release films that people can stream in a virtual screening room, with up to 100 percent of the ticket proceeds going directly to the Pickford.

Lindsey, our marketing manager, is creating content for our newsletters, website, and social media platforms. Meghan, our volunteer coordinator, puts out a call for volunteers to provide their film recommendations. Ryan Uhlhorn and Michael Barone, our operations manager and assistant operations manager, respectively, are making sure everything is in order at the physical theater. Concessions will expire soon, so we’re figuring out the best way to distribute food between the staff and the food bank.

Photo courtesy: Mikayla Nicholson

Ariel, our development and membership manager, is reaching out to our member base to make sure we’re still connected, and working with Susie to figure out solutions to keep all PFC staff paid for as long as we can. All staff members are brainstorming film lists, reviews, videos, testimonials, and more. Everyone is working so fast to help the Pickford adapt to this new world we’re living in. I make another cup of coffee.

11:30 a.m. – Update the Pickford’s Letterboxd account with new and upcoming releases. Since shifting to a virtual cinema model, we’ve opened up seven new films this week; we usually open two or three. I add some glowing reviews by Michael Falter for Zombi ChildThe Whistlers, and Bacurau and a lovely review for And Then We Danced from Susie. I add a few upcoming films to our Watchlist, including Sorry We Missed You, a new film from Ken Loach.

12:00 p.m. – Susie sends over a list of films for teens that are available on Kanopy, a free streaming service accessible with a Bellingham Public Library Card. I record a brief video introduction for Eighth Grade, one of the films on Susie’s list. It’s a fun project, but it takes me at least 20 takes to express myself in one shot without messing up. I don’t know how Kayla Day did it. Write down a list of good background movies for working-from-home: The Devil Wears PradaHis Girl FridayMoneyball.

12:30 p.m. – Break for lunch. Try my best to avoid Facebook and Twitter. Read some newsletters from other Art Houses to see what they’re up to. Take out the trash and check the mail. I never thought I would appreciate these chores so much. The sun’s out today, it’s nice. I post the list of work-from-home background movies on my Instagram.

The Pickford’s seats may sit empty for now, but virtual crowds are still seeing new releases through PFC’s virtual screening room. Photo credit: Jake Holt 

1:00 p.m. – Attend another Zoom meeting. This time it’s with Art House Educators from all over the world to discuss what we are all doing to keep our audiences engaged. We share stories and resources with each other and vent our frustrations and fears. It’s a productive meeting. I learn that some theaters are using Twitch to stream movies with their audience, which I think is a good idea.

2:00 p.m. – Set up a Twitch account.

2:30 p.m. – Try to host a test video on Twitch and fail spectacularly. Decide I will come back to this later.

3:00 p.m. – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Time for Zoom meeting number three. This time it’s with our partners at ITVS & PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up. It’s a webinar on how to broadcast Indie Lens films to your audience via livestream. It’s a helpful session and something our audiences can look forward to.

4:00 p.m. – Carey Ross, a PFC projectionist, texts me to say that she saw my Instagram post about work-from-home movies and wants to use it in the next issue of Cascadia Weekly. I’m thrilled! I check-in with PFC staff about having a Netflix Party later in the evening, where we can all watch a movie together and chat simultaneously. Suggest something lighthearted. I miss my friends at PFC.

4:30 p.m. – Steve Meyers, PFC’s longest-serving projectionist, sends over a list of his Apocalyptic Sci-Fi film picks, and I add them to our Letterboxd account and put a few on my own personal watchlist. I start thinking about a list of movies made before 1960 that I haven’t seen…

5:00 p.m. – Susie sends over a few documentaries that might make good candidates for Doc-ED, our middle school documentary program. I give them a look and think, “Would a middle schooler relate to this?” Every day I stray further and further from the answer.

6:00 p.m. – Make dinner.

6:30 p.m. – Watch Dolemite is My Name with my Pickford colleagues together via Netflix Party, laugh at their funny remarks in the chat, wish I were half as clever. Miss them terribly. Happy I can hang out with them in this way.

9:00 p.m. – Chat with long-distance friends over Zoom (The fourth, final, and best Zoom of the day). Pop in another movie: When Harry Met Sally. Have some hope for tomorrow. Go to sleep somewhere between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Wake up, repeat.

You can support Pickford Film Center and keep movies alive in our community by making a donation online, purchasing a ticket to these new releases, joining as a Pickford member or buying a gift card for future use. See you at the movies!

View the new films at: https://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/now-playing/
Follow us on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/pickfordfilm/
Join our email list: https://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/about/stay-connected/

Farewell to the Limelight

Dear Bellingham,

I am sorry to convey sad news. The Limelight Cinema, Pickford Film Center’s little storefront cinema on Cornwall Street will not be reopening. The space is just too tiny to work as a movie theater in a post-pandemic world.

Daylight Properties, the owners of the building that houses the Limelight have been tremendous supporters over the years and we thank Bob and Kane Hall and their crew for being good landlords, donors and stewards of downtown Bellingham. I hope that we can team up with them again when we search for a more appropriate space in the future, once the coast is clear.

The PFC flagship at 1318 Bay Street is ready and waiting for the go-ahead to reopen. The ventilation system has been upgraded and plans for keeping the audience safe have been worked out. The rest is up to science and our fellow citizens. And many thanks to the steadfast PFC membership. Your support is keeping the flagship afloat.

If this were the olden-days, we would have a big party to commemorate the Limey. But we can’t and will have to raise a glass to our little old cinema in absentia. Hooray for the Limelight and hallelujah for independent film, for filmmakers and for community.

And hooray for Doctober!

If you want to stay engaged with PFC as we wait for the future to arrive, check out our online Doctober lineup when it goes live this Saturday. This year there are shorts as well as features and some interesting opportunities to watch films for free. There will even be concessions available for you to purchase and take home. Plus, you can still take part in the Doctober challenge. Keep your eyes peeled for more news in the coming days.

Thanks for your support,

Susie Purves
Executive Director

Roger Corman Master Class

Roger Corman Master Class

$12 Single Course | $45 Four Course Package

PFC fans receive $10 discount on four course package with code CORMAN10

Hollywood Theater presents a four-week course exploring Roger Corman’s remarkably diverse and prolific career, from the low-budget sci-fi movies of the 1950s, through his chronicle of the rebellious counterculture of the 1960s, to the exploitation and horror films of the ’70s and ’80s.

The Roger Corman Master Class will be hosted by Hollywood Theatre head programmer Dan Halsted. Dan will be joined by four acclaimed filmmakers, three of whom were mentored by Corman: Peter BogdanovichJohn Sayles, and Joe Dante. Filmmaker Alex Stapleton (CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL) rounds out this incredible roster of Corman experts. These guests will join in livestreamed discussions and take questions from the audience.

Honoring Black History Month

HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Our selection of films in honor of Black History Month covers a broad range of genre and periods and even form – from short subjects to documentary to contemporary narrative. We offer, thanks to our friends at Kino, a building block from the earliest days of cinema with Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1920), free for your exploration. Micheaux was the most prolific African American filmmaker of all time, and this, his most seen feature, was shot over 100 years ago. Beautifully restored by Kino, with a new score by DJ Spooky, this is an important, enlightening, and entirely relevant examination of the injustices faced by the African American community—then and now. 

 

Killer of Sheep (1978) returns to PFC virtually after a 2007 theatrical run upon its original restoration, courtesy of the fine folks at Milestone Films. Set in the Watts area of LA, the story follows Stan, a slaughterhouse worker, whose wry commentary is our guide in this portrait of urban decay. Director Charles Burnett’s graduate project (he would complete this for under $20k) energized a micro-movement of African American talent in front of and behind the camera in the late 70’s. Shot on 16mm by the director (and edited), Mahnola Dargis praised the film thusly: “The result is an American masterpiece, independent to the bone.” NYT

 

The streets of the title in 17 Blocks are located in Washington D.C., and they are a map of both hope and heartbreak. The blocks are the distance from the Capitol and the family at the center of this film—Smurf, his brother Emmanuel, mother Cheryl and sister Denise. Director Davy Rothbart (This American Life contributor) befriended Smurf and Emmanuel in 1999 and when Emmanuel expressed interest in filmmaking, Rothbart provided a camera. 20 years later, Rothbart and his team collected the footage to create this intimate portrait of the hopes, dreams and challenges faced by African American families living in poverty. 

 

At first we settle nicely into the narrative shoe that filmmaker Shatara Michelle Ford wears for her feature debut in Test Pattern. An entirely contemporary take of a handsome interracial couple who meet, learn to trust each other, and fall in love. And then a sexual assault shakes them to their core and the real drama of this film begins to unfold. Test Pattern challenges viewer’s assumptions when we follow the couple on a quest to find a rape kit, the first step toward achieving some measure of justice, and experiencing grotesque but all-too-realistic racism within our health system. Ford is a director to watch. 

 

Our Right to Gaze is an energizing collection of six short films from young African American directors. Based on the results, there are a number of exciting careers in the making. From comedy to drama and a few genres in-between, as curator Curtis Caesar John states: In these six films from emerging Black filmmakers, what the protagonists experience as the world they woke up to is not the one from which they’re now appearing. Are they lying to themselves about who they are, or is the truth just not what they expect, but what they deserve?

Print Program Archive

The Met: Live in HD

Tickets $15

DAILY VIRTUAL SCREENING TIMES:  10AM  | 1PM  | 4PM | 7PM

Each film is available through “appointment screenings” four times per day over an initial seven-day period following release. Tickets may be pre-purchased and films are ONLY available to watch at the time of the “appointment screening”.  Tickets and screenings are through Stellar Tickets and can be viewed with any device and through the Stellar app for Roku, Apple TV & more. We recommend finding the best way to use the platform for your home screening before the scheduled showtime.

madama butterfly

april 7 – 13
2h 28 min 

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-wrenching story of a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her new husband, a visiting American naval officer, will stay faithful and return to her. In this live transmission from 2016, soprano Kristine Opolais stars as Cio-Cio-San, with tenor Roberto Alagna as Lt. Pinkerton, in Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. 

La Bohème

April 21 – 27
2h 20 min w/ intermission

Puccini’s La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. In this live transmission from 2018, Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and tenor Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts. 

Full Doctober 2021 Lineup

See How They Run

See How They Run

Playing at Pickford Film Center

98 minutes, USA, In English, Thriller
Rated PG-13: Some violence and a sexual reference
CCAP

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Directed by: Tom George
In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.

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Tuesday, September 27th

3:05pm 5:30pm 7:55pm

Wednesday, September 28th

3:05pm 5:30pm 7:55pm

Thursday, September 29th

3:05pm 5:30pm 7:55pm

Friday, September 30th

2:00pm 6:40pm

Saturday, October 1st

1:45pm 6:25pm 8:50pm

Sunday, October 2nd

2:45pm 7:40pm

Monday, October 3rd

2:45pm 7:40pm

Tuesday, October 4th

2:45pm 7:40pm

Wednesday, October 5th

2:55pm 7:40pm

Thursday, October 6th

2:35pm 5:15pm

The Silent Twins

The Silent Twins

Playing at Pickford Film Center

113 minutes, Poland, UK, US, In English, Drama
Rated R: Drug use, some sexual content, nudity, language and disturbing material

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Directed by: Agnieszka Smoczynska
The Silent Twins is the astounding true story of twin sisters who only communicated with one another. As a result, they created a rich, fascinating world to escape the reality of their own lives.

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Tuesday, September 27th

3:15pm

Wednesday, September 28th

8:05pm

Thursday, September 29th

3:15pm

Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight

Playing at Pickford Film Center

97 minutes, France, Germany, In French w/ English Subtitles, Drama
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Mathieu Amalric
In Hold Me Tight, Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Bergman Island) gives another riveting performance as Clarisse, a woman on the run from her family for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. Widely renowned as one of France’s great contemporary actors but less well-known in North America for his equally impressive work behind the camera, Mathieu Amalric’s sixth feature as director is his most ambitious to date. This virtuosic, daringly fluid portrait of a woman in crisis alternates between Clarisse’s adventures on the road and scenes of her abandoned husband Marc (Arieh Worthalter) as he struggles to take care of their children at home. Amalric’s film keeps viewers uncertain as to the reality of what they’re seeing until the final moments of this moving, unpredictable, and richly rewarding family drama.

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Tuesday, September 27th

5:50pm

Wednesday, September 28th

3:15pm

Thursday, September 29th

5:50pm

Marcel the Shell

Marcel the Shell

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated PG: Some suggestive material and thematic elements
OCAP

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Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.

OCAP: All screenings are open captioned.

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Tuesday, September 27th

8:15pm

Wednesday, September 28th

5:45pm

Thursday, September 29th

8:15pm

Friday, September 30th

4:25pm 9:10pm

Saturday, October 1st

11:30am 4:10pm

Sunday, October 2nd

12:30pm 5:25pm

Monday, October 3rd

5:25pm

Tuesday, October 4th

5:25pm

Wednesday, October 5th

5:25pm

Thursday, October 6th

2:45pm

The Story of Film: A New Generation

The Story of Film: A New Generation

Playing at Pickford Film Center

160 minutes, Ireland, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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dir. Mark Cousins, 160 min.
In 2011, writer Mark Cousins was known for a TV series adapted from his book, Scene-by-Scene. We were not prepared for the overwhelming tour-de-force that was original The Story of Film: An Odyssey. The 15-part series (shown in two-hour chunks at PFC) was a revelation and cinema buffs were sent scrambling in all directions to find some of the treasure Mark unearthed. Happily, he has provided a continuation covering the last decade, which covers dramatic changes in technology and even the ways Covid has altered the process of making movies. Beguiling, and a big-screen must.

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Friday, September 30th

2:30pm

Friday, October 28th

2:00pm

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Playing at Pickford Film Center

80 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Sacha Gervasi
(2008; Restoration–2022)
Directed by roadie-turned filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, Anvil: The Story of Anvil documents the titular heavy metal legends. Lauded by Sundance and SXSW, this Indie Spirit Award-winning true story follows the band, which started in 1970’s Toronto by school friends, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner. Anvil influenced bands such as Metallica and Anthrax, despite working in obscurity for years. Now, fifty years after their formation, the duo continues to rock.

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Friday, September 30th

9:00pm

Saturday, October 1st

9:35pm

How (not) to Build a School in Haiti

How (not) to Build a School in Haiti

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Politics
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Jack C. Newell
Development, history, and colonialism collide when a seemingly simple aid project spirals out of control in Haiti. Inspired by an NPR story about the 2010 Haiti earthquake, headstrong American Tim Myers travels to Haiti to help build a new school, ultimately clashing with Haitian leader Anselme Saimplice, forcing a reckoning on privilege and power. This film combines expert interviews that help frame the larger context with an unflinching close-up of the situation on the ground.

Presented by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

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Saturday, October 1st

2:45pm

Thursday, October 6th

5:00pm

Savage Waters

Savage Waters

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, France, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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Directed by Michael Corker

Virtual Q&A with director and participants.

A 19th century treasure-hunter’s journal (passages of which are intoned by Charles Dance) inspires a captivating journey to seek out and surf a mythical, never-ridden wave in some of the most remote waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For renowned skipper Matt Knight, sailing to unpredictable and uncharted regions is impossible to resist. Savage Waters boasts jaw-dropping cinematography and follows a remarkable family and other adventurers, for whom living life to the fullest often means putting themselves in harm’s way.

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Saturday, October 1st

7:10pm

Wednesday, October 5th

5:00pm

Subject

Subject

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, English, In DOC-Arts & Entertainment, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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dirs. Jennifer Tiexiera, Camilla Hall, 93 min. In-person Q&A with Margaret Ratliff (The Staircase)
An essential film for any doc fan, Subject explores the life-altering experience of sharing one’s life on-screen by catching up with the participants of five acclaimed documentaries: The Staircase, Hoop Dreams, Capturing the Friedmans, The Square, and Wolfpack. As tens of millions of people consume documentaries in an unprecedented “golden era,” the film urges audiences (and filmmakers) to consider the impact on documentary participants—the good, the bad, and the complicated. Margie, our guest and star, is particularly eloquent and not to be missed.

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Sunday, October 2nd

2:15pm

Tuesday, October 4th

5:10pm

Make People Better

Make People Better

Playing at Pickford Film Center

83 minutes, English, In DOC-Science/Medicine, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Cody Sheehy
In 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui disappears after developing the first HIV-resistant “designer babies” (who also disappear), shocking the world and the scientific community. Director Cody Sheehy rightly asks some important questions: how could such a monumental breakthrough be the work of a lone scientist? What would governments gain from such genetic controls? Playing like a thriller, the film illustrates a gulf between the hunger for some scientists to push boundaries and the public who assumes that a greater degree of restraint controls those impulses.

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Sunday, October 2nd

5:15pm

Friday, October 7th

5:15pm

Loving Highsmith

Loving Highsmith

Playing at Pickford Film Center

83 minutes, Switzerland, Germany, In English, German, French, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Eva Vitija
Writer Patricia Highsmith is synonymous with the world of noir, gritty thrillers –and exploring gender identity? The Talented Mr. Ripley, Purple Noon, Strangers on a Train, Carol – these are a few of the many adaptations of her work, the latter film based on The Price of Salt, a lesbian romance published under a pseudonym. Vitija uses that book as a way into understanding the complexities of Highsmith’s life and work, even tracking down former lovers. Fascinating, illuminating material.

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Sunday, October 2nd

7:20pm

Tuesday, October 11th

5:15pm

Breaking Trail/Rural Runners

Breaking Trail/Rural Runners

Playing at Pickford Film Center

55 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Outdoor/Adventure
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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“Breaking Trail,” dir. Jess Roesler, 30 min.
As Wisconsinites huddle safely in their homes to avoid the frigid winter chill (and Covid) Emily Ford, along with faithful canine companion Diggins, set out to traverse the Ice Age National Scenic Hiking Trail (IAT), a distance of 1,200+ miles through some of the coldest temperatures in recorded history. Even more amazing: the heartfelt support from a broad spectrum of well-wishers who follow the journey and leave treats and supplies for Emily and Diggins along the way. Have a dream, then persevere.

“Rural Runners,” dir. Forest Woodward, 24 min.
A film about finding common ground in rural America: Chloe Maxmin, in a campaign to be the youngest woman in the Maine house of representatives, and champion long-distance runner Canyon Woodward, Chloe’s campaign manager, offer a delightful new perspective on what it means to “run” for office. Together, they bring hope, humor, and humanity back to politics.

A Doc-Ed selection

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Monday, October 3rd

3:15pm

Monday, October 24th

3:30pm

Liquor Store Dreams

Liquor Store Dreams

Playing at Pickford Film Center

72 minutes, Korean, English, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: So Yun Um
Liquor Store Dreams is an intimate portrait of two Korean Americans, including director So Yun Um, who set out to bridge generational divides with their immigrant parents, who own liquor stores in Los Angeles. The film tackles the issues of racism as seen through the prism of Korean liquor store owners in predominantly African American neighborhoods–this inevitably takes us back to the ‘92 L.A. uprisings and Rodney King and forward to the current day Black Lives Matter movement.

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Monday, October 3rd

7:30pm

Sunday, October 9th

12:00pm

Elemental: Redefining our Relationship with Wildfire

Elemental: Redefining our Relationship with Wildfire

Playing at Pickford Film Center

92 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Trip Jennings
Virtual Q&A with the director, Oct. 5
Fire and its devastating consequences appear almost daily in our newsfeeds. It is easy to feel powerless–but Elemental is here to suggest otherwise. A full five years in the making, we open with a concise survey of recent wildfires, from Paradise to the devastating fires of the NW in the last several years, leading to a series of questions about what we can do to mitigate fire’s damage. Fortunately, the film gives us hope as we prepare for an increasingly hotter future with smart home and community design. Narrated by David Oyelowo.

Presented by Whatcom Million Trees Project

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Wednesday, October 5th

7:55pm

Monday, October 10th

5:15pm

Hidden Letters

Hidden Letters

Playing at Pickford Film Center

89 minutes, Chinese, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Violet Du Feng
Hidden Letters tells the story of two Chinese women trying to balance their lives as independent women in modern China while confronting the traditional identity that defines but also oppresses them. Connected through their love for Nushu—a centuries-old secret text-based language developed by and shared amongst women that fathers, husbands and even sons couldn’t comprehend—each of the two women transforms through a pivotal period of their lives and takes a step closer to becoming the individuals they know they can be.

Presented by WWU Dept of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Thursday, October 6th

7:30pm

Wednesday, October 26th

2:50pm

Halloween

Halloween

Playing at Pickford Film Center

91 minutes, USA, In English, Horror
Rated R: Violence, sex and language

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Directed by: John Carpenter
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

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Thursday, October 6th

7:40pm

The Thief Collector

The Thief Collector

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Allison Otto

Co-presented by Eartha Kitty’s Estate Sales

This hugely entertaining film, which has great fun using re-enactments, details one of the most audacious and puzzling art thefts of a generation: in 1985, Willem de Kooning’s seminal work, Woman Ochre, was sliced from its frame and stolen from the walls of an Arizona art museum, disappearing into the desert. More than thirty years later, the now-valued $160 million dollar painting was rediscovered in the unlikeliest of places: behind a door in a house in Silver CIty, New Mexico. Come and meet the Alters, a couple like you’ve not met before.

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Friday, October 7th

7:25pm

Thursday, October 13th

2:45pm

Master of Light

Master of Light

Playing at Pickford Film Center

81 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten
A deft and intimate character study, Boesten trains her camera on George Anthony Morton, an inmate in federal prison for a decade on drug dealing charges, and a classical painter who nurtures his craft during lock-up. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world. He returns home to Kansas City and paints family members as catharsis and reflection. By painting these portraits, can George heal himself and create a better outcome for the next generation? Grand Jury Award Winner, 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

Presented by Whatcom Museum

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Saturday, October 8th

4:00pm

Tuesday, October 18th

5:15pm

The Pez Outlaw

The Pez Outlaw

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel, 85 min
This incredible story follows the adventures of Steve Glew, a small-town machinist formerly obsessed with cereal boxes and box-top point collecting who boards a plane for Eastern Europe soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His mission: To locate a secret factory holding the most desired and valuable Pez dispensers. Steve becomes the hero of his own adventure, smuggling Pez into the U.S. and making millions in the process – until his arch-nemesis, The Pezident (CEO of Pez USA), decides to destroy him. A wildly entertaining story with Glew starring in his own re-enactments, this is like Errol Morris crossed with Willie Wonka.

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Saturday, October 8th

8:40pm

Friday, October 14th

5:00pm

American Movie (1999)

American Movie (1999)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

107 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated R: Language and some drug content
Doctober

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Directed by: Chris Smith
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker’s attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Third Eye Cinema is a staff and volunteer-curated film series of all of our favorite flicks — the cult classics, the ones you might have missed, the ones you need to revisit. This series is sponsored by our friends at Trove Cannabis!

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Saturday, October 8th

10:00pm

Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity

Playing at Pickford Film Center

74 minutes, English, In DOC-Science/Medicine, Doctober
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Thomas Verrette

Zero Gravity follows a diverse group of middle-school students competing in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. Seen through the wondrous eyes of three young innovators and their first-time coach, we watch in anticipation as the team blossoms from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit. An inspiring film and, rightfully, one of this year’s Doc-ED* selections.

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Sunday, October 9th

2:25pm

Tuesday, November 1st

7:30pm

The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez

The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez

Playing at Pickford Film Center

100 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Sports/Adventure
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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Directed by Stacy Peralta
Gerry Lopez, aka Mr. Pipeline, is one of surfing’s most enigmatic heroes—a Zen Buddhist and yoga practitioner on land who built his early career on aggressive surfing. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacy Peralta and brimming with era-appropriate nostalgia, Yin and Yang follows one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time as he brings surfing to new frontiers while pursuing stillness of body and mind. Plenty of thrilling waves for adventure seekers.

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Sunday, October 9th

7:00pm

Thursday, October 13th

5:05pm

Battleground

Battleground

Playing at Pickford Film Center

105 minutes, English, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, DOC-Politics
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Cynthia Lowen
Battleground could not be more urgent or timely a window into the intersection of abortion and politics in America. It’s a film that may infuriate as it illuminates truths that must be told, following as it does three women who lead formidable anti-abortion organizations and wield enormous and devastating political influence. Battleground neatly balances those stories, however, and also beautifully depicts those on the front lines of the fierce fight to maintain reproductive access, even as the nation faces the end of Roe.

Presented by Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood

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Tuesday, October 11th

7:25pm

Saturday, October 15th

12:00pm

Sam Now

Sam Now

Playing at Pickford Film Center

86 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Reed Harkness
One day, she just disappeared. Sam and his half-brother Reed had no idea where their mom had gone. Shot over a 25-year period, incorporating archival footage, and using nearly every camera format imaginable–from Super-8 film to Arri 4K–Seattle director Reed Harkness uses the creative world of filmmaking to tackle that mystery so central to his family’s identity, to explore the often-complicated answers, and to examine the generational impacts families hand down. A deeply moving, personal film that lingers long after the credits roll.

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Wednesday, October 12th

7:20pm

Monday, October 17th

5:15pm

Finding Her Beat

Finding Her Beat

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Pickett
For thousands of years women have been locked out of the male-dominated world of Taiko drumming. No more. In the dead of a Minnesota winter, Asian drumming divas gather together from around the world in preparation for a historic performance where they smash gender roles and redefine power–on their own terms. Four years in the making, Finding Her Beat envelops viewers into the rhythms and struggles that lead to that thrilling performance, a performance whose electrifying vibrations will leave viewers buzzing with energy.

Presented by Audio Technology, Music, and Society at Fairhaven College

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Friday, October 14th

7:10pm

Sunday, October 30th

6:15pm

The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, Mongolia, USA, In Kazakh, English, DOC-Sports/Adventure
Rated G: _
Doctober

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Directed by: Otto Bell

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazhkh family to become an eager hunger, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

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Saturday, October 15th
(Showtimes TBD)

Butterfly in the Sky

Butterfly in the Sky

Playing at Pickford Film Center

87 minutes, English, In DOC-Arts & Entertainment, Doctober
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb
Butterfly in the Sky tells the story of one of the most beloved PBS children’s programs, Reading Rainbow. For over 25 years, the series set the standard for literary children’s television. Thanks to its uncondescending approach, plus its immersive documentary style adventures, LeVar Burton and the creative team instilled a love of reading in millions of children. The show ended in 2006, but the interviews from all involved and even some of the featured children who wrote book reports all suggest that RR is forever.

Presented by WWU Children’s Literature Conference

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Saturday, October 15th

2:30pm

Friday, October 21st

5:20pm

Scrap

Scrap

Playing at Pickford Film Center

78 minutes, Canada, In English, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _
Doctober

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Stacy Tenenbaum
An artful and fascinating examination of decay, filmmaker Stacey Tenenbaum creates a love letter to the things we use in our daily lives. From a car graveyard to a family living in a discarded plane fuselage, Tenenbaum tells the stories of people who each have a connection to objects that have reached their “end of life.” Together, their stories convey a deeper environmental and human message about our relationship to things and perhaps what we even consider ‘garbage’.

Presented by The RE Store

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Saturday, October 15th

5:00pm

Monday, October 24th

5:15pm

Pleistocene Park

Pleistocene Park

Playing at Pickford Film Center

100 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _
Doctober

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Luke Griswold-Tergis
This one is firmly in the ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ category, which makes docs so much fun. Asking nobody’s permission, Russian geophysicist Sergey Zimov and his son Nikita are gathering any large wooly beast they can find and transporting them, by whatever low budget means necessary, to the most remote corner of Siberia. The goal: restore the Ice Age “mammoth steppe” ecosystem, avoiding a catastrophic feedback loop. Whether or not they can alter the course of global destruction will of course be answered with time, but they proffer a fascinating vision.

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Saturday, October 15th

7:30pm

Tuesday, October 25th

5:10pm

Ranger

Ranger

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, Kenya, In Swahili, English, Samburu, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Austin Peck
Ranger, set largely on the Laikipia plateau near Mount Kenya, is an intimate and contemporary story of self-discovery featuring 12 women who become East Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit. Upending the male-dominated reliance upon military-style training to make a wildlife ranger, Virginia, Liz, Momina, and Damaris instead undergo a year-long program of deep trauma-release and healing, triggering profound transformation within themselves and sending shockwaves through their communities. Welcome to a new generation of heroes.

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Sunday, October 16th

2:00pm

Wednesday, November 2nd

7:35pm

Of Medicine and Miracles

Of Medicine and Miracles

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, DOC-Science/Medicine
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Ross Kauffman

Emily Whitehead was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six. Of Medicine and Miracle chronicles her family’s experience in hospital after hospital, attempting to stay positive and a doctor who could hold the key to Emily’s survival. That doctor, Carl June, is a big part of this story. One part examination of the flawed American healthcare system, one part family drama, this emotional rollercoaster will inspire others to maintain hope–miracles do happen. Kauffman, co-director of the Academy Award winning Pickford favorite, Born into Brothels, moves us to happy tears.

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Sunday, October 16th

5:00pm

Friday, October 21st

3:00pm

Move Me

Move Me

Playing at Pickford Film Center

60 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, DOC-Science/Medicine
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Daniel Klein, Kelsey Peterson; Indie-Lens Pop-up (FREE)
With intro and discussion led by Pam Kuntz, dancer and senior instructor in dance at WWU
Kelsey Peterson dove into Lake Superior, smacking her head on the bottom, causing a spinal cord injury that would render her paralyzed from the chest down, robbing her of her identity as an athlete and dancer. When a cutting-edge clinical trial surfaces, it tests her expectations and her faith in the possibility of a cure, forcing her to evaluate the limits of her recovery—body and spirit.

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Monday, October 17th

3:30pm

Tigre Gente

Tigre Gente

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, English, In DOC-Politics, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Elizabeth Unger
A Bolivian park ranger and a Hong Kongese journalist risk their lives to go undercover and investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade sweeping South America. Along the way, they grapple with questions of empathy, responsibility, and bridging a cultural gap to prevent the jaguar trade from spiraling out of control. Spanning the mist-covered Amazon to wildlife markets in China, Tigre Gente follows the storylines of two passionate people fighting to protect a precious species.

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Monday, October 17th

7:30pm

Sunday, October 23rd

12:00pm

Last Flight Home

Last Flight Home

Playing at Pickford Film Center

101 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Ondi Timoer
Documentarian Ondi Timoner (Dig!) turns the camera on herself and her family in this portrait of her father Eli–which doubles as a template of familial grief for all who are touched by assisted suicide. The dynamic Eli founded Air Florida, the fastest growing airline in the world in the 1970’s, a journey that sees him mingle with the most powerful politicians of the era. The ups and downs of business pale next to his devotion as a father, grandfather and humanitarian–and serve as a basis for our own deep well of empathy to come to the fore.

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Wednesday, October 19th

7:30pm

Sunday, October 23rd

5:00pm

Art & Krimes

Art & Krimes

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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Directed by Alysa Nahmias
Locked-up for six years in a federal prison, Jesse Krimes secretly creates monumental works of art—including an astonishing 40-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, hair gel, and newspaper. He smuggles out each panel piece-by-piece with the help of fellow artists, only seeing the mural in totality upon coming home. As Jesse’s work captures the art world’s attention, he adjusts to life outside, getting to know his young son, and living with the constant threat, due to his conditional release, that any misstep will trigger a life sentence.

Presented by Whatcom Museum

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Thursday, October 20th

7:30pm

Saturday, October 22nd

12:00pm

Sweetheart Deal

Sweetheart Deal

Playing at Pickford Film Center

98 minutes, English, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller
Driven by their addiction to heroin, four women encounter friendship and betrayal while working the streets in Sweetheart Deal, a story about a life fraught with insecurity on Seattle’s infamous Aurora Avenue. Shot in unflinching vérité-style over many years, Sweetheart Deal offers an astonishingly intimate portrait of hope and heartbreak on the fringes of modern America and reveals the brave resilience of the women who fought their demons, internal and external, and hung on to the light in the darkest of circumstances.

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Friday, October 21st

7:35pm

Tuesday, October 25th

2:45pm

Kendal Mountain Tour

Kendal Mountain Tour

Playing at Pickford Film Center

120 minutes, DOC-Natural World, In Doctober,
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: various
A joyful and eclectic program ranges from ‘The Process’ where a world class crack climber takes on a bit more than he anticipated; or ‘Spellbound’, where wingsuit BASE jumping reveals to audiences the adrenaline rush of the flight and the inner quests of the athletes; or ‘The Traverse’ where two world class female skiers attempt a dangerous adventure. In all, eight films – and only one screening – make this a can’t miss.

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Saturday, October 22nd

4:25pm

River

River

Playing at Pickford Film Center

75 minutes, Australia, In English, DOC-Natural World
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Jennifer Peedom
River takes its audience on a journey through space and time, spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming, showing rivers on scale and from perspectives never seen before. Its union of image, music, and sparse, poetic script is both dream-like and powerful, honoring the wildness of rivers but also recognizing their vulnerability. Featuring music by Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead and narrated by Willem Dafoe.

Presented by NSEA // Whatcom Watersheds Information Network

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Saturday, October 22nd

7:25pm

Thursday, October 27th

5:25pm

Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Playing at Pickford Film Center

96 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Rebecca Halpern
Before the Food Network, before TikTok and social media, before the rise of friend Anthony Bourdain, Chef Charlie Trotter revolutionized global cuisine. He was a rock star among the first generation of celebrity chefs, but his meteoric rise came at a price. With exclusive access to never-before-seen archival material, Love, Charlie reveals how his pursuit of excellence ultimately consumed him, with devastating consequences.

Sponsored by Keenan’s at the Pier

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Sunday, October 23rd

2:20pm

Wednesday, October 26th

5:05pm

Cat Daddies

Cat Daddies

Playing at Pickford Film Center

89 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Mye Hoang
Tora, Pickles, Lucky, Zulu, Toodles, Flame and GoalKitty. These and other felines aid director Mye Hoang’s sweet exploration of modern masculinity and the bond between men and their adorable cats. Men like David Giovanni, who lives on the streets of New York and is determined to stay with his beloved cat, Lucky, even with medical challenges and a pandemic that threatens their bond. A Hollywood stuntman, South Carolina firefighters and more – 9 stories, appropriately – help Hoang animate this furry story.

Presented by NEKO Cat Cafe

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Sunday, October 23rd

7:30pm

Thursday, October 27th

7:25pm

The Holly

The Holly

Playing at Pickford Film Center

105 minutes, English, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Julian Rubenstein
Terrance Roberts, former gang leader and prison inmate, returned to his Denver community to become a high-profile, award-winning activist. But, as the redevelopment of Denver’s Holly Square was underway, Roberts shot a young gang member—at his own peace rally. As the city’s gang violence spikes and Roberts heads to trial facing life in prison, dangerous truths about the neighborhood’s cycle of violence and the complicated truths of what happened on the day of the peace rally are revealed.

Presented by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

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Wednesday, October 26th

7:30pm

Tuesday, November 1st

2:45pm

Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

Playing at Pickford Film Center

72 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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Directed by Nancy Svendsen
As an uneducated Indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s dream to scale the legendary Everest–a mountain usually claimed by the wealthiest and most privileged–pits her against tradition, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. As told by the Nepalis who knew her, by some of the world’s most notable alpinists, and Pasang herself, the film documents Pasang’s historic quest that would transfix her country and uplift a new generation. Few individuals in history forge a path with such heroic determination: Pasang’s inspirational story is one in a million.

Presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival and The Bellingham Mountaineers

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Friday, October 28th

5:00pm

Monday, October 31st

5:25pm

The Computer Accent

The Computer Accent

Playing at Pickford Film Center

83 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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dir. Riel Roch Decter, Sebastian Pardo
In-Person Q&A with the band on Oct. 28
Can Artificial Intelligence imitate distinct sounds? That’s what American post-pop group Yacht sets out to discover in this provocative exploration on art and technology. Yacht invites a computer to analyze their back catalogue and assist in the composition of their seventh album. Melodies, rhythms, and even lyrics are generated by an AI system but arranged, performed, and recorded by the increasingly frustrated band, putting their notions of artistic authenticity to the test. A sly, brilliant examination of the creative process.

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Friday, October 28th

6:50pm

Thursday, November 3rd

7:45pm

Characters with Character

Characters with Character

Playing at Pickford Film Center

97 minutes, DOC-Bio, In Doctober,
Rated NR: _

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A shorts program curated by Jane Julian:
“The Originals,” by Cristina Costentini and Alfie Koettertells stories about growing up in South Brooklyn, where money was tight but friendships were tighter.
In “Bacon ’N’ Laces,” by Stephen Michael Simon, John is a blind single father managing a diner with his three sons, all of whom share a sneaker obsession.
In “Powers,” by Paige Morrow Kimball, a 60-year-old woman secretly – and illegally – hangs joyful sculptures on telephone poles.
In “Pony Boys,” by Eric Stange, two kids drive a pony cart 325 miles to the World’s Fair.
In “Lalito 10,” by Jordan Horowitz, a teacher gets creative in bringing mobile instruction during the pandemic.

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Saturday, October 29th

11:00am

Wednesday, November 2nd

2:45pm

We Are Not Ghouls

We Are Not Ghouls

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, English, In DOC-Social/Racial Justice, DOC-Politics
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Chris James Thompson
Co-presented by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

When US Air Force JAG Attorney Yvonne Bradley volunteered to defend Binyam Mohamed, who faced a death penalty case at Guantanamo Bay in 2005, she believed the detainees there were ‘the worst of the worst’ in the war on terror. Yvonne’s view was immediately challenged, however, as she began untangling Mohamed’s case and confronted the truth about what happened to him. We Are Not Ghouls is about corruption at the highest levels of power and the dangers for those who choose to fight for justice.

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Saturday, October 29th

1:25pm

Tuesday, November 1st

5:15pm

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, English, In DOC-Politics, Doctober
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Lucia Small
Virtual Q&A with the director Oct. 29
Set in the cutthroat, boy-dominated world of high school debate where tomorrow’s leaders get their start, Girl Talk tells the timely story of five girls on a diverse, top-ranked Massachusetts high school debate team as they strive to become the best debaters in the United States. These debaters remain steadfast in their determination to overcome the odds, reminding us that equal rights and freedom of expression are worth fighting for and that American heroes might be found even among the youngest of a generation.

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Saturday, October 29th

3:45pm

Thursday, November 3rd

5:25pm

Minnesota Mean (Work-in-Progress Advance Screening)

Minnesota Mean (Work-in-Progress Advance Screening)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

80 minutes, English, In DOC-Bio, DOC-Sports/Adventure
Rated NR: _

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Directed by Dawn Mikkelson

(Work-in-Progress/Advance Screening) As invigoratingly brash and boldly fresh as its subjects, Minnesota Mean follows a year in the lives of the Minnesota RollerGirls, one of the most competitive roller derby teams in the world, as they strive to win the Hydra, the top prize in the sport. Their riveting journey illuminates the unique physical and social challenges of a demanding sport and the deep power of friendship–and by the end, it’ll have you itching to lace up your own skates and hit the track!

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Saturday, October 29th

6:30pm

Monday, October 31st

7:25pm

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

115 minutes, Japan, In Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Action
Rated R: Some violent images

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Directed by: Shin’ichiro Watanabe
In this acclaimed Japanese animation, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and the others aboard an interstellar craft called the Bebop have their eyes on a lucrative reward. However, if they expect to collect it, they will have to haul in the man responsible for unleashing poison on Mars. Although it seems that their biggest challenge involves catching up with the infamous Vincent Volaju, here in the 2070s the skies are even more troublesome than members of the Bebop team realize.
Third Eye Cinema is a staff and volunteer-curated film series of all of our favorite flicks — the cult classics, the ones you might have missed, the ones you need to revisit. This series is sponsored by our friends at Trove Cannabis!

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Saturday, November 12th

10:00pm

The Son

The Son

Playing at Pickford Film Center

123 minutes, English, In Drama,
Rated R: Language and thematic material

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Directed by: Florian Zeller
A drama that follows a family as it struggles to reunite after falling apart. THE SON centers on Peter (Jackman), whose hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth (Kirby) is upended when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) appears with their son Nicholas (McGrath), who is now a teenager. The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant, and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.

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Friday, November 25th
(Showtimes TBD)