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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. 

Live Theater Productions

LIVE Theatrical productions

This series of live theatrical recordings returns to the PFC through virtual cinema!

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.

War horse

National Theater Live
March 31 – April 6
2h 45 min w/ intermission

Now seen by more than 8 million people around the world, War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative stage drama filled with stirring music and songs. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses thrillingly to life on stage.  Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. 

Kinky Boots

London’s west end
April 14 – 20
2h 15 min w/ intermission

With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) award-winning musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

42nd street

London’s west end
May 12 – 18
2h 35 min w/ intermission

directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble, 42ND STREET is one of Broadway’s most classic and beloved tales. Full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards including “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money”, “42nd Street” and more, plus show-stopping ensemble production numbers. Not to be missed! 

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

The Duke

The Duke

Playing at Pickford Film Center

96 minutes, UK, In Japan, English
Rated R: Language and brief sexuality
Accessible

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Roger Michell

The Duke is set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage.

Refreshment Free screening (MASKS ON THE WHOLE TIME) Tuesday 5/10 @ 12:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Open Captioned Screening 5/8 @ 12:30
All Other Screenings Closed Captioned

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Wednesday, May 18th

2:30pm 4:45pm 9:45pm

Thursday, May 19th

3:00pm 4:45pm

Friday, May 20th

2:30pm

Saturday, May 21st

1:45pm

Sunday, May 22nd

4:00pm

Monday, May 23rd

2:40pm

Tuesday, May 24th

3:30pm

Wednesday, May 25th

3:30pm

Thursday, May 26th

2:00pm

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Playing at Pickford Film Center

132 minutes, USA, In English, Action
Rated R: Some Violence, Sexual Material and Language
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

Refreshment Free screening (MASKS ON THE WHOLE TIME) Tuesday 5/3 @ 2:45 PM & 5/10 @ 2:45
Open Captioned Screening 5/8 @ 2:30
All Other Showings Are Closed Captioned

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Wednesday, May 18th

3:00pm 6:00pm 9:00pm

Thursday, May 19th

1:45pm 10:15pm

Friday, May 20th

5:00pm 8:15pm

Saturday, May 21st

10:00am 6:30pm 9:30pm

Sunday, May 22nd

1:00pm 6:30pm 9:30pm

Monday, May 23rd

3:00pm 6:00pm 9:00pm

Tuesday, May 24th

5:50pm 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 25th

8:20pm

Thursday, May 26th

4:30pm

The Storyteller’s Seasonal

The Storyteller’s Seasonal

Playing at Pickford Film Center

60 minutes, , In ,
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Tickets are $5, no free passes accepted.

The Storyteller’s seasonal is a quarterly event that screens up to an hour with 5 min films submitted from creatives students and DIY filmmakers from the local area. Winner of the audience vote chooses the next quarterly theme and props are chosen at random.
The main focus of this event is to cultivate visual storytelling at all levels and provide a venue where storytellers can share their ideas in low pressure environment.

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Thursday, May 19th

5:30pm

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Playing at Pickford Film Center

124 minutes, UK, USA, In English, Drama, Period
Rated PG: for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Simon Curtis
Downton Abbey: A New Era showcases all of the favorite Downton characters as well as fresh new settings. One half of the film is set in Downton itself, where a movie crew and glamorous movie stars descend on the estate to film their movie. The film crew, pressured by the changing times, suddenly find they need to transition from silent film to talkies, and the Downton staff and family are enlisted to help. The other half of Downton Abbey: A New Era is set in the south of France, where the Crawley family is intent on discovering why a wealthy French gentleman has willed his beautiful French villa to the Dowager Countess. What secrets from her past is the Dowager hiding?

Open Captioned Showings:
5/22 @ 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
All Other Showings Closed Captioned

No Food Showings:
5/24 @ 2:30 PM

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Thursday, May 19th

7:00pm 9:45pm

Friday, May 20th

2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Saturday, May 21st

11:00am 3:15pm 6:15pm 9:00pm

Sunday, May 22nd

11:30am 2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Monday, May 23rd

2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Tuesday, May 24th

2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Wednesday, May 25th

2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Thursday, May 26th

2:30pm 5:30pm 8:15pm

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, USA, In English, Family Friendly, Animation
Rated PG: some rude humor and action

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Will Gluck
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own cute, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden, with playful spirit and wild charm, voices the character of Peter, alongside Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley voicing the roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail.

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Saturday, May 21st

1:00pm

Yelling to the Sky (The X Generation)

Yelling to the Sky (The X Generation)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

94 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Introduction from Brandon David Wilson via Zoom.

(Dir. Victoria Mahoney, starring Zoe Kravitz, Tim Blake Nelson, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, Gabourey Sidibe, 2011)

By the time this film was released, the “‘Hood Film” was past its prime, but in the 1990s, this sub-genre reigned. For her feature directorial debut Victoria Mahoney returned to this style of film but made it her own. Utilizing a combination of handheld camerawork and fluid long takes, Mahoney borrows the syntax of ‘Hood films to tell the story of Sweetness O’Hara, a mixed race girl from a troubled family who is drifting into the nihilism of the streets when her home fails to give her the love and security she craves. ~Brandon David Wilson

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Saturday, May 21st

4:00pm

Tutankhamun: The Last Exhibition (Great Art on Screen)

Tutankhamun: The Last Exhibition  (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, Egypt, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

To mark the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, Tutankhamun: The Last Exhibition offers audiences an extraordinary opportunity to meet the Pharaoh, with exclusive coverage of how 150 of his treasures were moved to become part of the biggest international exhibition ever dedicated to him. Explore a continuous dialogue of cross-references between the ancient past when the Pharaoh was alive, the more recent times which saw the discovery of his Tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, and the present day with exhibitions and studies dedicated to Ancient Egypt.

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Sunday, May 22nd

11:00am

Pissarro: Father of Impressionism (Exhibition on Screen)

Pissarro: Father of Impressionism (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

94 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work. Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43 had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but the group had acquired a new name, The Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favorite artistic movement. The Ashmolean Museum, the UK’s first ever public museum, houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.

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Wednesday, May 25th

6:00pm

Sunday, May 29th

11:00am

The Mountain Runners

The Mountain Runners

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Featuring an in-theatre Q+A with local filmmakers Brian Young & Todd Warger.

The Mountain Runners is the story of America’s first mountain endurance/adventure foot race, which took place in Bellingham. First run in 1911, the grueling 28 to 32 mile race to the glacial summit of Mount Baker and back utilized steam trains and modified model T autos and lasted only three years due to its intrepid dangers. Told in a docudrama style, the film incorporates historic images, archival film, visual effects, and dramatizations starring William B. Davis (X-Files, Smoking man.) The film is narrated by Kevin Tighe (Lost, Emergency, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and is supported by a cast of Cascadian historians, descendants of race participants and world-renowned experts in their field.

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Thursday, May 26th

7:30pm

Welcome to the Dollhouse (Third Eye Cinema)

Welcome to the Dollhouse (Third Eye Cinema)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

88 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated R: Language

Official Site·Trailer

Todd Solondz became the most talked-about new director in 1995 with this acclaimed comedy about the suburban condition. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance, Welcome to the Dollhouse follows 11-year-old Dawn “Wienerdog” Wiener (Heather Matarazzo), a junior high geek who just wants to be popular. Teased by her classmates, tormented by the school bully, Dawn develops an improbable plan to seduce the star of a high-school garage band. Bitterly funny and true to life, the film is a “mordantly hilarious suburbancomedy – excruciating funny.” (Janet Maslin, NYT)

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 month’s movie was chosen by our sponsors at Cute But Crazy Socks, just two blocks from the PFC. Fun socks since 2011!

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Thursday, May 26th

10:00pm

The Invisible Man (1933) (It’s Alive)

The Invisible Man (1933) (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

71 minutes, USA, In English, Horror, Sci-Fi
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: James Whale.
A scientist’s experiments with invisibility turn him into a madman.
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Saturday, May 28th

12:00pm

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Cinema East)

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy  (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

121 minutes, Japan, In Japanese, Drama, Romance
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

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Tuesday, May 31st

6:00pm

Kinky Boots (BYE)

Kinky Boots (BYE)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

103 minutes, USA, In English, Musical
Rated PG: _

Official Site·Trailer

Direct from the London stage, the ‘freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’ (The Hollywood News) KINKY BOOTS, comes to U.S. cinema screens with this dazzling musical.

With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) award-winning musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

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Thursday, June 2nd

5:30pm

Sunday, June 5th

11:00am

Book of Dust (National Theatre)

Book of Dust (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

180 minutes, UK, In English, Performing Arts
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Set twelve years before his epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Phillip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.

Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.
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Wednesday, June 8th

6:00pm

Sunday, June 12th

11:00am

Memoria

Memoria

Playing at Pickford Film Center

136 minutes, Colombia,Thailand, France, Germany, Mexico, Qatar, United Kingdom, China, Switzerland, In English, Spanish, Drama, Sci Fi
Rated PG: for some thematic elements and brief language

Official Site·Trailer

From the extraordinary mind of Palme D’or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, comes a bewildering drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.
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Friday, June 10th

3:00pm 6:00pm 9:00pm

Saturday, June 11th

3:00pm 6:00pm 9:00pm

DOUBLE FEATURE Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon & Kung Fu Hustle

DOUBLE FEATURE Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon & Kung Fu Hustle

Playing at Pickford Film Center

240 minutes, , In ,
Rated :

Official Site·Trailer

Made in Hong Kong series, curated & introduced by Sean Gilman:

“Hong Kong cinema blossomed in the 1960s and 70s with bright colorful musicals & astoundingly acrobatic martial arts spectacles. It reached international prominence in the 80s & early 90s with audacious & anarchic experiments in genre film form: lush romances, hyper-kinetic thrillers, mind-bending comedies. But by 1997, when the former British colony was handed over to Mainland Chinese control, many of Hong Kong’s brightest stars & directors had left for Hollywood. This is a series about what happened after they left, about the filmmakers who stayed behind & how they navigated their new world in-between East and West.

In Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow unites the traditions of 1970s comedy & kung fu with modern special effects while in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee adapts the epic wuxias of King Hu into a stately international box office smash.”

Tickets: Choose a la carte; double feature discount; or series pass

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Monday, June 13th

6:30pm

FULL SERIES Hong Kong Summer

FULL SERIES Hong Kong Summer

Playing at Pickford Film Center

480 minutes, , In ,
Rated :

Official Site·Trailer

Series description by curator, Sean Gilman:
“Hong Kong cinema blossomed in the 1960s and 70s with bright colorful musicals and astoundingly acrobatic martial arts spectacles. It reached international prominence in the 80s and early 90s with audacious and anarchic experiments in genre film form: lush romances, hyper-kinetic thrillers, mind-bending comedies. But by 1997, when the former British colony was handed over to Mainland Chinese control, many of Hong Kong’s brightest stars and directors had left for Hollywood. This is a series about what happened after they left, about the filmmakers who stayed behind and how they navigated their new world in-between East and West.”

Films in the series:
June 13: Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
July 11: Election; Election 2 (Johnnie To)
August 8: Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan)

The ticketing link below is for a pass to all the films in the series. (Individual film tickets available elsewhere.)

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Monday, June 13th

6:30pm

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Playing at Pickford Film Center

120 minutes, Hong Kong, In Chinese, English, Mandarin, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rated PG-13: for martial arts violence and some sexuality

Official Site·Trailer

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

“Still the highest-grossing non-English language film in American box office history, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is Taiwanese director Ang Lee lush reimagining of the classic wuxia films of King Hu (Dragon Gate Inn, A Touch of Zen). Gathering a cast from across the Chinese-speaking world (Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-fat and Cheng Pei-pei; Malaysia’s Michelle Yeoh; Taiwan’s Chang Chen; and the Mainland’s Zhang Ziyi), Lee adapts a story of martial chivalry set in the Qing Dynasty, where the free-spirited daughter of an official steals a powerful sword from two aging heroes of the jianghu, the borderlands outside normal society that is the home of warriors and bandits governed not by laws or desires, but by a strict code of duty and honor. With dazzling choreography by the legendary Yeun Woo-ping (The Matrix, Drunken Master) and a propulsive score by Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger remains a landmark of prestige martial arts cinema.” ~Sean Gilman

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Monday, June 13th

6:30pm

Kung Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle

Playing at Pickford Film Center

99 minutes, Hong Kong, In Cantonese, Mandarin, Action, Comedy
Rated R: for sequences of strong stylized action and violence

Official Site·Trailer

Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004)

Stephen Chow was Hong Kong’s biggest star in the 1990s, with a series of box office smash comedies that mixed complex verbal wordplay with farcical slapstick and martial arts action. In the 2000s, now directing his own films, he began making increasingly sophisticated works, while at the same time integrating computer-generated effects. In Kung Fu Hustle, Chow plays a wanna-be hoodlum who gets involved in a war between a vicious gang and the residents of a housing complex who have a surprising amount of martial arts skill. Freely grabbing from old martial arts serials, post-war Cantonese comedies, and Looney Tunes cartoons, Kung Fu Hustle is one of Chow’s most accomplished works, and was by far his biggest hit in the US.

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Monday, June 13th

9:00pm

Swan Lake (Royal Opera House)

Swan Lake (Royal Opera House)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

200 minutes, UK, In English, Performing Arts
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres. The reimagining of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s towering masterpiece by Liam Scarlett is testament to the late choreographer’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality which shine through the production.

With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, an irresistible mix of spectacle, mystery and passion infuses this audience favourite, one of the best-loved works in the 19th-century classical ballet canon.

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Wednesday, June 22nd

6:00pm

Saturday, June 25th

11:00am

The Black Cat (1934) (It’s Alive)

The Black Cat (1934) (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

65 minutes, USA, In English, Latin, Hungarian, Adventure, Crime, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Driected by: Edgar G. Ulmer
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
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Saturday, June 25th

12:00pm

Pompeii: Sin City (Great Art on Screen)

Pompeii: Sin City  (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

An exploration of Pompeii, a city cloaked in mystery and depicted through images and words by the great artists and writers who experienced and imagined it over the course of history: from Pliny the Younger to Picasso, from Emily Dickinson to Jean Cocteau. Famously known for the catastrophic volcanic eruption which buried Pompeii along with its inhabitants over 2000 years ago, Pompeii: Sin City hosted by Isabella Rossellini offers audiences an extraordinary snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment of burial, showing how its citizens lived their lives, spent their free time, experienced pleasure, passion, religion and ultimately, their fate.

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Sunday, June 26th

11:00am

Hex (National Theatre)

Hex (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

180 minutes, UK, In English, Performing Arts
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Tickets: $16 PFC Members / $20 General Admission/ $10 Students (@ box office only)
A vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

Rufus Norris directs Rosalie Craig (The Ferryman, Company) in this new musical filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, with music by Jim Fortune, book by Tanya Ronder.

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Wednesday, July 6th

6:00pm

Sunday, July 10th

11:00am

Election

Election

Playing at Pickford Film Center

101 minutes, Hong Kong, In Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Election (Johnnie To, 2005)

In the mid-1990s, Johnnie To, who had been a successful, if rather anonymous, director of popular films for the past decade, founded his own studio and began churning out a remarkable series of genre films, almost experimental in their visual and narrative approach to the traditional Hong Kong crime film. This worked reached its peak of popularity with Election, a film about a succession struggle within an organized crime Triad gang that plays out entirely without firearms. The shadowy dealings and betrayals form a none-too-subtly pessimistic commentary on the future of democracy in the former colony.

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Monday, July 11th

7:00pm

DOUBLE FEATURE Election & Election 2

DOUBLE FEATURE Election & Election 2

Playing at Pickford Film Center

240 minutes, , In ,
Rated :

Official Site·Trailer

Made in Hong Kong summer series, curated & introduced by Sean Gilman:

“Hong Kong cinema blossomed in the 1960s and 70s with bright colorful musicals and astoundingly acrobatic martial arts spectacles. It reached international prominence in the 80s and early 90s with audacious and anarchic experiments in genre film form: lush romances, hyper-kinetic thrillers, mind-bending comedies. But by 1997, when the former British colony was handed over to Mainland Chinese control, many of Hong Kong’s brightest stars and directors had left for Hollywood. This is a series about what happened after they left, about the filmmakers who stayed behind and how they navigated their new world in-between East and West.

In the second set of features in this series, with in Election and Election 2, Johnnie To charts the arcane rituals of the criminal underworld, and their manipulations by a ruling elite.”

Tickets: Choose a la carte; double feature discount; or series pass

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Monday, July 11th

7:00pm

Election 2

Election 2

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, Hong Kong, In Mandarin, Cantonese, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Election 2 (Johnnie To, 2006)

To’s follow-up continues the story of gangster Jimmy (Louis Koo) as he struggles for control of the Triad. Further complicating the intra-gang rivalries are the interventions and manipulations of powerful outside forces, who have a vested interest in seeing one side or another in charge of Hong Kong’s criminal activity. Packed with top-notch suspense and action sequences and a deep sense of paranoia, the Election films remain To’s definitive statement on the relationship between Hong Kong and China in the years after the Handover.

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Monday, July 11th

9:10pm

Botticelli, Florence and the Medici (Great Art on Screen)

Botticelli, Florence and the Medici  (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _

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Florence in the era of the powerhouse Italian statesman, politician and patron Lorenzo de’ Medici, was the heart of Renaissance art and culture. One artist, above all others, was able to evoke the lights and shadows of this unforgettable era: Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Through Botticelli: Florence and the Medici, we re-live Florence and all its art workshops through Botticelli’s life, his collaborations, his challenges and successes. From the outset of Botticelli’s career under the wing of the Medici family, he established himself as the inventor of an ideal beauty, seen in works such as The Allegory of Spring and the Birth of Venus. The death of Lorenzo de Medici marked the downward spiral of the Florentine master, who was destined to be forgotten for over three centuries, but the rediscovery of Botticelli by the Pre-Raphaelites reignited a genuine fascination with the artist and sparked a Botticelli-mania which continues to this day.

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Sunday, July 24th

11:00am

Dracula (Spanish Language Version) (It’s Alive)

Dracula (Spanish Language Version)  (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

104 minutes, USA, In Spanish with English subtitles, Horror
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: George Melford.
Drácula was made as part of Hollywood studios’ attempts to make films for foreign-language audiences. By 1930, Universal had focused primarily on developing Spanish-language films for the foreign market. Filming began on October 10, 1930 where it was shot on the same sets as Tod Browning ‘s production of Dracula . Director Melford watched the footage of the same day and applied what he saw to film his own version.

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Saturday, July 30th

12:00pm

Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong

Playing at Pickford Film Center

109 minutes, Hong Kong, In Cantonese, Drama
Rated NR: _

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Final film in the Made in Hong Kong series, curated by Sean Gilman:

Made in Hong Kong, the film (Fruit Chan, 1997)

“Shot on a shoestring budget with non-professional actors, Fruit Chan’s acclaimed breakthrough was one of the first great post-Handover films. Recapturing the spirit of the Hong Kong New Wave, Chan follows a trio of teenaged misfits as they try to navigate a world of crime, poverty, abuse, and inadequate health care, haunted as much by the ghost of a mysterious girl as they are the lost ideals of Hong Kong and its cinema. Made in Hong Kong set a new model for independent production in Hong Kong, filmmaking outside the constraints of the old studios or Mainland censors.” ~Sean Gilman

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Monday, August 8th

6:30pm

Venice, Infinitely Avant-garde (Great Art on Screen)

Venice, Infinitely Avant-garde  (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: _

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A tour of the magical city, Venice: Infinitely Avant Garde showcases masterpieces by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera and the intellectuals who fell in love with Venice: from Canova to Goethe, Lord Byron to Walter Scott, down to the great Hollywood stars drawn to its yearly Film Festival. 1600 years after its legendary foundation, Venice continues to be unique for its urban landscape and for its rich history, but above all, the city is unique for its identity, which combines the charm of decadence with the excitement of being on the cutting edge.

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Sunday, August 21st

11:00am