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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?

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The Met: Live in HD

Tickets $15

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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

Belfast

Belfast

Playing at Pickford Film Center

98 minutes, United Kingdom, In English, Drama
Rated PG-13: for some violence and strong language
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and current front-runner for Best Picture at the Oscars, this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film — a poignant story of love, laughter, and loss — chronicles the life of a young boy and his working class family, who experience the social tumult of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the late 1960s.

Starring newcomer Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, and the inimitable Judi Dench.

Open Captioned shows Sunday 12/05 @ 1:15 PM

Refreshment Free screening (MASKS ON THE WHOLE TIME) Tuesday 11/30 4:00 PM &12/7 @ 1:15 PM

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Wednesday, December 1st

3:15pm 8:15pm

Thursday, December 2nd

4:00pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 3rd

1:15pm 6:15pm

Saturday, December 4th

1:15pm 6:15pm

Sunday, December 5th

1:15pm 6:15pm

Monday, December 6th

1:15pm 6:15pm

Tuesday, December 7th

1:15pm 6:15pm

Wednesday, December 8th

1:15pm 6:15pm

Thursday, December 9th

1:15pm 6:15pm

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Playing at Pickford Film Center

127 minutes, USA, In English, Western, Drama
Rated R: for brief sexual content/full nudity.
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Jane Campion

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

NO food screening 12/7 3:15 PM Masks need to be worn at all times during this screening.

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Wednesday, December 1st

3:45pm

Thursday, December 2nd

8:50pm

Friday, December 3rd

3:15pm

Saturday, December 4th

3:15pm

Sunday, December 5th

3:15pm

Monday, December 6th

3:15pm

Tuesday, December 7th

3:15pm

Thursday, December 9th

3:15pm

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin (Exhibition on screen)

The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin (Exhibition on screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

For many years no-one was interested in the art of the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and Renoir were vilified, attacked, and left penniless as a result.
Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of collectors emerged and, before long, they were battling to acquire any work by these new, radical artists that they could find. Amongst them was the visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary moment in art history; full of drama, intrigue and subterfuge.

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Wednesday, December 1st

6:00pm

Sunday, December 5th

11:00am

The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch

Playing at Pickford Film Center

103 minutes, Germany, USA, In English, French W/ English subtitles, Romance, Comedy
Rated R: for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

THE FRENCH DISPATCH Directed by Wes Anderson, brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

Open Captioned shows Sunday 12/5 10:45 AM.

Refreshment Free screening (MASKS ON THE WHOLE TIME) Tuesday 11/30 3:30 PM and 12/07 3:45

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Wednesday, December 1st

6:45pm 9:15pm

Thursday, December 2nd

4:15pm 6:45pm

Friday, December 3rd

3:45pm 8:45pm

Saturday, December 4th

3:45pm 8:45pm

Sunday, December 5th

10:45am 3:45pm 8:45pm

Monday, December 6th

3:45pm 8:45pm

Tuesday, December 7th

3:45pm 8:45pm

Wednesday, December 8th

3:45pm 9:15pm

Thursday, December 9th

3:45pm 8:45pm

Julia

Julia

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG-13: for brief strong language/sexual reference, and some thematic elements.
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Julie Cohen and Betsy West.
Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.

OCAP show 12/5 1:05 PM.
NO FOOD masks on whole time show 12/7 1:00 PM.

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Friday, December 3rd

1:00pm 6:00pm

Saturday, December 4th

1:00pm 6:00pm

Sunday, December 5th

1:05pm 6:00pm

Monday, December 6th

1:00pm 6:00pm

Tuesday, December 7th

1:00pm 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 8th

1:00pm 8:45pm

Thursday, December 9th

1:00pm 6:00pm

The Souvenir: Part II

The Souvenir: Part II

Playing at Pickford Film Center

108 minutes, UK, In English, Drama
Rated R: for some strong sexuality, and language

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by Joanna Hogg
The Souvenir: Part II is a companion piece to The Souvenir (2017). The original follows a film student, Julie who, while pursuing her filmmaking, becomes romantically involved with a man who, it is clear, is wholly untrustworthy and whom we desperately wish she’d extricate herself from. The Souvenir ends in tragedy — and Part II then picks up where the first film left off, with Julie trying to make sense of the tragedy and of her previous romantic relationship, by way of making a film about it.
Part II, as such, is a beautifully complex study of both grief, loneliness, and of how art (specifically cinema) intersects with and can channel (and maybe redeem) grief and forge a way into new connections.
Audiences won’t necessarily need to see the first film first to see Part II, though the first is also very much worth seeing (and it’s streaming now on Kanopy, accessible via the wcls website for library patrons).
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Friday, December 3rd

8:15pm

Saturday, December 4th

8:15pm

Sunday, December 5th

8:15pm

Monday, December 6th

8:15pm

Tuesday, December 7th

8:15pm

Wednesday, December 8th

3:30pm

Thursday, December 9th

8:15pm

War Horse (National Theatre)

War Horse (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

NATIONAL THEATRE
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

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Wednesday, December 8th

6:00pm

Sunday, December 12th

11:00am

Benedetta

Benedetta

Playing at Pickford Film Center

131 minutes, France, Belgium, Netherlands, In French, Latin, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.
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Friday, December 10th
(Showtimes TBD)

The Novice

The Novice

Playing at Pickford Film Center

94 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated R: for language, some sexuality and brief disturbing material.

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Lauren Hadaway.
A college freshman joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.
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Friday, December 17th
(Showtimes TBD)

Gremlins

Gremlins

Playing at Pickford Film Center

106 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Rated PG: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Joe Dante.
A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
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Friday, December 17th

8:00pm

Sunday, December 19th

12:00pm

A Christmas Story (Kid Pickford)

A Christmas Story (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, USA, In English, Children’s
Rated PG: _

Official Site·Trailer

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

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Saturday, December 18th

1:00pm

The lost Daughter

The lost Daughter

Playing at Pickford Film Center

121 minutes, United States, Greece, In English, Drama
Rated R: for sexual content/nudity and language
CCAP

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Directed by: Maggie Gyllenhaal.
A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.
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Friday, December 24th
(Showtimes TBD)

Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza

Playing at Pickford Film Center

133 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rated R: for language, sexual material and some drug use.
CCAP

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.
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Saturday, December 25th
(Showtimes TBD)

Missing in Brooks County (ITVS)

Missing in Brooks County (ITVS)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot
Migrants go missing in rural Brooks County, Texas more than anywhere else in the U.S. For many families, community activist Eddie Canales is the last hope for finding loved ones.
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Monday, January 3rd

5:30pm

A Son (Un Fils)

A Son (Un Fils)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Qatar, In Arabic, French, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Mehdi Barsaoui.
11 year old Aziz needs a liver transplant after being seriously injured during a terrorist ambush while on holiday in 2011. At the hospital a family secret will be revealed.
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Tuesday, January 4th
(Showtimes TBD)

A Touch of Sin (Cinema East)

A Touch of Sin  (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

129 minutes, China, Japan, France, In Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Acrtion, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Zhangke Jia.

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Introduced by: Roger Thompson, History Professor at WWU.

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Tuesday, January 11th

6:00pm

Skylight (National Theatre)

Skylight (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

135 minutes, UK, In English, Drama
Rated NR: _
Performing Arts

Official Site·Trailer

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who is making her West End stage debut, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.
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Wednesday, January 12th

6:00pm

Sunday, January 16th

11:00am

Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Playing at Pickford Film Center

179 minutes, Japan, In Japanese, English, Korean Sign Language, German, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, Indonesian, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Nishijima Hidetoshi is a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife. Then one day she disappears.

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Friday, January 14th
(Showtimes TBD)

NYICFF: Kid Flicks Two 8+ (Kid Pickford)

NYICFF: Kid Flicks Two 8+  (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

78 minutes, Varies, In Varies, Shorts
Rated NR: Suitable for Children 8+

Official Site·Trailer

Kid Flicks Two brings plenty of fun, plus deeper themes and multilingual films with English subtitles.

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Saturday, January 15th

1:00pm

Frankenstein (1931) (It’s Alive)

Frankenstein (1931) (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: James Whale
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

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Saturday, January 29th

12:00pm

Apart (ITVS)

Apart  (ITVS)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn.
U.S. prisons and jails lead the world in incarcerating women—what happens when they return to their families?
This intimate portrait dives into the heart of America’s opioid crisis through the reentry of three mothers imprisoned for drug-related crimes. As the women prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other to learn the skills it will take to get a job, stay sober, and win the trust of their kids. After facing alienation and addiction, the women begin to see the promise of reunion and redemption.

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Monday, February 7th

5:30pm

Secret Sunshine (Cinema East)

Secret Sunshine  (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

142 minutes, South Korea, In Korean, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Chang-dong Lee,

When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae relocates down south to her late husband’s hometown of Miryang. Despite her efforts to settle down, in this unfamiliar and much too normal place, she finds that she can’t quite fit in. Helping her out is Kim Jong-chan, a good-intentioned but bothersome bachelor, who owns a car repair shop. Life plods on. However, fate takes a vicious turn when Shin-ae loses her son in the most horrific way a mother could imagine. She turns to Christianity to relieve the pain in her heart, but when even this is not permitted, she wages a war against God.

Introduction by: Kristen Parris, Political Science Professor, WWU.

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Tuesday, February 8th

6:00pm

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

170 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .

Official Site·Trailer

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the London’s West End.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.
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Wednesday, February 9th

6:00pm

Sunday, February 13th

11:00am

NYICFF: Viva Kids! (Kid Pickford)

NYICFF: Viva Kids! (Kid Pickford)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

65 minutes, Varies, In Varies, Shorts
Rated NR: Suitable for kids 8+

Official Site·Trailer

¡Viva Kid Flicks! celebrates the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe. These brilliant tales, with a range of kids’ perspectives, speak volumes in any tongue.

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Saturday, February 19th

1:00pm

Maverick Modigliani (Great Art Onscreen)

Maverick Modigliani (Great Art Onscreen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

The tangled, toxic life and stunning masterworks of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant but ignored artists are vividly explored in this dazzling biography. Born in Livorno, an Italian port city with a thriving Jewish community, painter-sculptor Amedeo Modigliani found his aesthetic in Paris among the forerunners of the avant-garde. But his repute as a notorious womanizer, addict and vagabond eclipses his artistic triumphs. His story is told from a unique perspective, the imagined voice of Jeanne Héburtene, his last muse and student who was tragically driven to despair. This centennial commemoration of Modigliani’s death unwinds through great museums and art collections, as experts provide insight into the misunderstood genius.

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Sunday, February 20th

11:00am

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (It’s Alive)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

75 minutes, English, In Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, It’s Alive!
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: James Whale

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

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Saturday, February 26th

12:00pm

Follies (National Theatre)

Follies (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

135 minutes, UK, In English, Musical
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.
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Wednesday, March 2nd

6:00pm

Sunday, March 6th

11:00am

Writing With Fire (ITVS)

Writing With Fire  (ITVS)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

60 minutes, India, In Hindi w/ English Subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh.

In the midst of a patriarchal news landscape, the reporters with Khabar Lahariya – India’s only all-female news network – are taking it upon themselves to redefine power.

In the midst of a crowded, patriarchal news landscape, the reporters with Khabar Lahariya – India’s only all-female news network – are taking it upon themselves to cover their country’s inequities with unflinching and intrepid determination. Armed only with their smartphones, these fearless journalists roam the state of Uttar Pradesh, exposing the country’s extremist Hindu leadership, rape culture, and rampant corruption that victimizes those without voice or power. They investigate the incompetence of the local police force, listen to and stand by victims of caste and gender violence, and challenge long-standing, harmful practices that lead to injustice and intimidation.

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Monday, March 7th

5:30pm

True Mothers (Cinema East)

True Mothers (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

140 minutes, Japan, France, In Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Drama
Rated NR: _

Official Site·Trailer

It is not strange or unusual for a couple to want to procreate and have a child. However, things are not proceeding smoothly for the couple formed by Kiyokazu and his wife Satoko. Despite steadily trying to get the wife pregnant the couple yield to reality and, exhorted by a professional association, the couple proceed to adopt a boy. They two are happily adapting to their adopted son, but a woman named Hikari Katakura shows up soon enough emphasizing she is the boy’s biological mother. Satoko decides to face Hikari. —aghaemi

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Tuesday, March 8th

6:00pm

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns?

Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life. Making use of the latest technology to deliver previously unimaginable quality, we take an in-depth look at key works throughout her career.

Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.

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Wednesday, March 9th

6:00pm

Sunday, March 13th

11:00am

Napolean: In the Name of Art (Great Art on Screen)

Napolean: In the Name of Art (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Marking the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, the documentary Napoleon: In the Name of Art explores the complex relationship between Napoleon, culture and art. Host Jeremy Irons brings audiences on a tour from Milan to Paris for a look at Napoleon’s imperial iconography and architectural style and to reflect on the relationship between power and art.

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Sunday, March 20th

11:00am

Try Harder! (ITVS)

Try Harder!  (ITVS)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

Official Site·Trailer

Directed by: Debbie Lum.
At a prestigious public high school with a majority Asian American student body, fiercely competitive seniors share the dream, and the stress, of getting into a top university.
San Francisco’s Lowell High, one of the best public schools in the country, draws high achievers–nearly 70% Asian Americans–from across the city into a fiercely competitive universe. The camera follows seniors through the hallways and into classrooms as the pressure intensifies to impress admissions officers at elite universities with their report cards, test scores, and overall awesomeness. The students proudly own their identity as nerds and tell their stories with candor and humor despite the stress. The film asks: How do these kids define their identities outside of acceptance letters?

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Monday, April 4th

5:30pm

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, Jerusalem, USA, Europe, In English, Many w/English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: _

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The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment.

This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all. The greatest story ever painted.

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Wednesday, April 6th

6:00pm

Sunday, April 10th

11:00am

The Cloud-Capped Star (Cinema East)

The Cloud-Capped Star  (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

134 minutes, India, In Bengali, with English subtitles, Drama, Musical
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak
“Meghe Dhaka Tara” tells the tragic story of the beautiful daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan, living in the outskirts of Calcutta under modest circumstances. Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, including her personal happiness, her money, and her health, while her achievements are hardly ever recognized by the people around her.—meitschi
Introduced by: Dharitri Bhattacharjee, History Professor, WWU

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Tuesday, April 12th

6:00pm

No Man’s Land (National Theatre)

No Man's Land (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

150 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .

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Tickets: $16 PFC Members / $20 General Admission/ $10 Students (@ box office only)
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
 
One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
 
Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

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Wednesday, April 20th

6:00pm

Sunday, April 24th

11:00am

The Mummy (1932) (It’s Alive)

The Mummy (1932) (It's Alive)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

72 minutes, USA, In English, Fantasy, Horror
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Karl Freund

An Egyptian mummy returns to life to stalk the reincarnation of his lost love.

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Saturday, April 30th

12:00pm

By the Time It Gets Dark (Cinema East)

By the Time It Gets Dark (Cinema East)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

105 minutes, Thailand, France, Qatar, Netherlands, In Thai, Drama
Rated NR: _

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Directed by: Anocha Suwichakornpong.

In 1970, She was student activist, a waitress who keeps changing her job, now a film director. All lives loosely connected to each others.

Introduction from Jeff Purdue: Cinema East series curator, WWU librarian and film professor

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Tuesday, May 10th

6:00pm

A View fom the Bridge (National Theatre)

A View fom the Bridge (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE SERIES
Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford members, $20 general admission, $10 for students/military.
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Wednesday, May 11th

6:00pm

Sunday, May 15th

11:00am

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: _

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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

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

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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 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: _

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

12:00pm

Book of Dust (National Theatre)

Book of Dust (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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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

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: _

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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: _

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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: _

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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

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

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