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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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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

Best Sellers

Best Sellers

Playing at Pickford Film Center

100 minutes, UK, Canada, USA, In English, Drama, Comedy
Rated NR: _

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Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited her father’s publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier. In a last-ditch effort to save the company, Lucy and Harris release his new book and embark on a book tour from hell that changes them both in ways they didn’t expect.

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Tuesday, September 28th

1:00pm 5:30pm

Wednesday, September 29th

1:00pm 5:30pm

Thursday, September 30th

1:00pm 5:30pm

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Playing at Pickford Film Center

126 minutes, USA, In English, Biography, Drama, History
Rated PG-13: for sexual content and drug abuse

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An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

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Tuesday, September 28th

2:25pm 5:15pm 8:00pm

Wednesday, September 29th

2:25pm 5:15pm 8:00pm

Thursday, September 30th

2:25pm 5:15pm 8:00pm

Friday, October 1st

2:30pm 9:00pm

Saturday, October 2nd

2:30pm 7:30pm

Sunday, October 3rd

2:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, October 4th

2:30pm 7:30pm

Tuesday, October 5th

2:30pm 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 6th

7:45pm

Thursday, October 7th

2:30pm 7:30pm

Language Lessons

Language Lessons

Playing at Pickford Film Center

91 minutes, USA, In English, Spanish, Drama
Rated NR: _

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A Spanish teacher and her student develop an unexpected friendship.

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Tuesday, September 28th

3:15pm 7:55pm

Wednesday, September 29th

3:15pm 7:55pm

Thursday, September 30th

3:15pm 7:55pm

Friday, October 1st

5:30pm

Saturday, October 2nd

12:15pm 5:15pm

Sunday, October 3rd

12:15pm 5:15pm

Monday, October 4th

5:15pm

Tuesday, October 5th

5:15pm

Wednesday, October 6th

3:15pm

Thursday, October 7th

5:15pm

On Broadway

On Broadway

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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As the lights of Broadway tentatively turn back on comes this doc detailing the last time the Great White Way was on the brink. It’s a vibrant, performance-filled history lesson as only the likes of Helen Mirren, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, and more can tell it.

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Friday, October 1st

3:00pm

Saturday, October 2nd

11:00am

Sunday, October 3rd

6:30pm

Torn

Torn

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Sponsored by Chuckanut Builders. Alex Lowe was the greatest rock and ice climber of his generation, and his death at age 40 in 1999 left a giant hole for his wife and three sons to fill. His close climbing partner, Conrad Anker, took care of the family and ultimately married Alex’s widow—all of which is sensitively portrayed in son Max Lowe’s examination of the emotional toll of high-risk pursuits. *Director Max Lowe in person, Opening Night.

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Friday, October 1st

6:00pm

Wednesday, October 6th

3:00pm

Without Getting Killed or Caught

Without Getting Killed or Caught

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Guy Clark was a songwriter’s songwriter who toiled in near-obscurity for most of his life. This doc assembles such luminaries as Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, and more to speak to his lasting influence. But it’s through the words of his wife and muse Susanna—a songwriter and artist in her own right—that Guy’s story comes to life.

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Friday, October 1st

8:15pm

Monday, October 4th

7:45pm

Civil War (or, Who do We Think We Are)

Civil War (or, Who do We Think We Are)

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100 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Civil Life
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As recent events have illustrated, the issues that caused the Civil War still permeate this country. This doc travels the country to look at that bloody battle through a modern lens, from President Obama’s last year in office to present day.

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Saturday, October 2nd

1:00pm

Monday, October 4th

3:00pm

Little Girl (Petite Fille)

Little Girl (Petite Fille)

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90 minutes, France, Denmark, In English, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

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7-year-old Sasha has always known she’s a girl. Gender identity collides with small-town sensibilities in this moving look at the life of a very courageous little girl and the fierce mother fighting to open the hearts and minds of folks in their rural French town. Directed by renowned filmmaker Sebastien Lifshitz.

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Saturday, October 2nd

3:30pm

Monday, October 11th

3:00pm

Becoming Cousteau

Becoming Cousteau

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93 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Outdoor/Adventure
Rated PG-13: _

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Presented by The Whatcom Watersheds Information Network, WWU Marine and Coastal Science & Environmental Sciences Department.
From acclaimed director Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA) comes the definitive portrait of both Cousteaus—Jacques, famous explorer, writer, celebrity, and his wife Simone Melchior, diver, mother and business partner. From the Aqua Lung to ocean conservation, all with gorgeous archival film.

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Saturday, October 2nd

5:45pm

Tuesday, October 5th

5:30pm

Firestarter

Firestarter

Playing at Pickford Film Center

96 minutes, Australia, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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Presented by WWU CFPA Dept. of Theatre and Dance. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary is marked by Firestarter, following three Aboriginal brothers as they form what has become a cultural phenom. With gorgeous and original choreography and music the brothers must meet personal and intergenerational trauma with a message for social change.

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Saturday, October 2nd

8:15pm

Monday, October 11th

5:20pm

Los Hermanos

Los Hermanos

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Presented by WWU Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages. Two Cuban brothers, both musical prodigies, separated by a half-century of Cold War politics, are reunited during the brief detente between the US and Cuba. Their tour and eventual continued separation illustrate the challenges of estrangement.

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Sunday, October 3rd

12:00pm

Thursday, October 7th

5:30pm

Lily Topples the World

Lily Topples the World

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

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Presented by Mindport Exhibits. Lily Hevesh, a 20-year-old with a dream, is already considered the greatest domino toppler (and only female) in her field. Now she faces some very adult decisions about her future and meets them head on. Toppling will never be the same.

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Sunday, October 3rd

2:15pm

Sunday, October 10th

2:15pm

Big vs Small

Big vs Small

Playing at Pickford Film Center

76 minutes, Finland, In English, DOC-Outdoor/Adventure
Rated NR: _

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Joana Andrade may be diminutive in height, but her stature in the world of big wave surfing is lofty – Director Minna Dufton travels with her from the monster waves of her native Portugal to facing her fears and demons in the dark cold waters of Finland with breathing coach Johanna Nordblad.

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Sunday, October 3rd

4:30pm

Tuesday, October 5th

3:00pm

American Gadfly

American Gadfly

Playing at Pickford Film Center

95 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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When a group of enterprising teens formulated a plan to enlist former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel to run for president in 2019, it seemed like a lark—but it was so much more. Witness what happens when youthful optimism teams up with an 88-year-old politician to speak truth to power.

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Monday, October 4th

5:30pm

Thursday, October 7th

3:00pm

499

499

Playing at Pickford Film Center

88 minutes, Mexico, In Spanish, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Rodrigo Reyes’ stunning doc-narrative hybrid centers around a time-traveling conquistador who experiences first-hand the challenges of the post-colonial world. An achievement that lingers in the imagination. A big screen must
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Tuesday, October 5th

7:45pm

Sunday, October 10th

12:00pm

The Story Won’t Die

The Story Won't Die

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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The story of war in Syria has been told in several moving and award-winning docs, but never quite like this. See the war and its aftermath through the eyes of a rapper, a post-rock musician, a breakdancer, visual artists and other creatives who found inspiration in the least likely of places.

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Wednesday, October 6th

5:30pm

Saturday, October 9th

1:15pm

For the Left Hand

For the Left Hand

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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W/ Director Gordon Quinn in person on 10/6. Norman Malone, a child piano prodigy at 5, is attacked by his father at 10 and loses the use of his right arm. A lifetime of resilience follows as he masters the most difficult left-hand music, never sharing his growing mastery—until now.

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Wednesday, October 6th

7:00pm

Saturday, October 9th

3:15pm

After Antartica

After Antartica

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Director Tasha van Zandt captures polar explorer Will Steger near the end of his career preparing for a final expediton – and expertly traverses his long history of exploration and engagement with adventurers from around the world. Snow, ice and thoughtful reflection abound.

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Thursday, October 7th

7:45pm

Sunday, October 10th

4:30pm

In Balanchine’s Classroom

In Balanchine's Classroom

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Presented by WWU CFPA Dept. of Theatre and Dance. In the world of ballet, no names loom larger than George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. Enter his classroom and his world as seen through the eyes of the dancers he taught who are determined to pass on his legacy to a new generation of ballerinas.

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Friday, October 8th

3:30pm

Saturday, October 9th

11:00am

Wednesday, October 13th

2:30pm

Alien On Stage

Alien On Stage

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Directors Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer embed themselves in the world of amateur theatre with the very amateur Dorset Bus Drivers production of Alien, a serious endeavor with shades of Waiting for Guffman but with a denouement that may have you in tears of joy.

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Friday, October 8th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 12th

7:45pm

Being Bebe

Being Bebe

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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In 2009, BeBe Zahara Benet became the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, firmly etching his place in queer pop culture history. But the story of Cameroon-born Marshall Ngwa is so much bigger than that moment. See Queen BeBe in all her glory.

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Friday, October 8th

7:45pm

Saturday, October 16th

1:00pm

Claydream

Claydream

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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W/ Director Marq Evans in person on 10/9.
Director Marq Evans reveals Portland’s Will Vinton, the father of Claymation, as an artistic wunderkind who brought the world the California Raisins and many glorious films—but who ultimately loses it all. A must-see for animation fans.

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Saturday, October 9th

5:30pm

Friday, October 15th

7:45pm

Havana Libre

Havana Libre

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Presented by WWU Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages. Until a few years ago, surfing was illegal in Cuba and those who participated in the sport did so on homemade boards and in fear. Watch as Cuban surfers fight for legitimacy, first in their own country and then on the world stage.

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Saturday, October 9th

7:45pm

Wednesday, October 13th

4:30pm

Not Going Quietly

Not Going Quietly

Playing at Pickford Film Center

97 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Many of us saw video of ALS sufferer Ady Barkan confronting Senator Jeff Flake on a plane in 2017 to ask him to vote against a tax bill that would cripple U.S. health care. This doc goes inside the movement Barkan has spurred and the remarkable life of the man who says, “the weaker I get, the louder I become.”

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Sunday, October 10th

7:00pm

Tuesday, October 12th

3:00pm

End of the Line w/ Honor Thy Mother

End of the Line w/ Honor Thy Mother

Playing at Pickford Film Center

97 minutes, USA, Finland, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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END OF THE LINE: WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK (W/ HONOR THY MOTHER)
W/ Director Lucy Ostrander of Honor Thy Mother in person on 10/17.
Presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival and The Whatcom Watersheds Information Network
Director Shannon Kring captures the heroic spirit of indigenous women risking it all to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project with potentially disastrous environmental ramifications on Native soil. Against many obstacles, these women stand firm. + Short: Honor Thy Mother is the untold story of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington and Alaska who migrated to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people, in the early 1940s.

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Monday, October 11th

7:45pm

Sunday, October 17th

2:30pm

White Coat Rebels

White Coat Rebels

Playing at Pickford Film Center

82 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Few docs speak to this moment in time quite like this one. Find out about Big Pharma’s corrupting influence on the medical profession and meet a handful of health care workers determined to buck the system.

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Tuesday, October 12th

5:30pm

Monday, October 18th

3:30pm

Youth v Gov

Youth v Gov

Playing at Pickford Film Center

110 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _
Doctober

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Since 2015, 21 youth climate activists have been embroiled in a groundbreaking lawsuit against the federal government for degrading the environment and endangering their right to life, liberty and property. A stunningly inspirational film and call to action.

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Wednesday, October 13th

7:00pm

Sunday, October 17th

12:00pm

Mission Joy

Mission Joy

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88 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Sponsored by Chrysalis Inn & Spa. They may hail from different backgrounds, but Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are united both by friendship and their belief in the power of finding joy. Watch an unforgettable sit-down between the two men and learn to apply their joyful lessons to your own life.

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Thursday, October 14th

3:00pm

Saturday, October 16th

5:30pm

The Berrigan’s: Devout and Dangerous

The Berrigan’s: Devout and Dangerous

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

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Devout and Dangerous: A guidebook for activism, Susan Hagedorn’s doc is a portrait of the Berrigan’s—Daniel and Phillip—who were Catholic priests dedicated to nonviolent resistance. From the Vietnam War to AIDS funding, these two brothers walked the talk for more than 50 years. *With discussion moderated by Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival.

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Thursday, October 14th

5:30pm

Saturday, October 23rd

12:00pm

The Most Beatuiful Boy in the World

The Most Beatuiful Boy in the World

Playing at Pickford Film Center

93 minutes, Sweden, In English, French, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

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When director Luchino Visconti declared Björn Andrésen, star of Death in Venice to be the “most beautiful boy in the world,” it turned the teenager into an instant idol and set him down a path that can only be described as ugly. This doc gives Andrésen the opportunity to frame his own story and reclaim his life.

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Thursday, October 14th

7:30pm

Saturday, October 16th

3:15pm

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated R: for language, sexual content, nudity and some drug material

for language, sexual content, nudity

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It’s only appropriate that when legendary filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) went looking for a subject for his first foray into documentaries he chose a band equally as legendary: the Velvet Underground. This is the documentary equivalent of game recognizing game. Not to be missed.

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Friday, October 15th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Saturday, October 16th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Sunday, October 17th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Monday, October 18th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Tuesday, October 19th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Wednesday, October 20th

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Thursday, October 21st

3:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm

Friday, October 22nd

3:15pm

Saturday, October 23rd

8:15pm

Sunday, October 24th

8:30pm

Monday, October 25th

1:00pm

Tuesday, October 26th

3:15pm

Wednesday, October 27th

3:15pm

Thursday, October 28th

7:45pm

Soy Cubana

Soy Cubana

Playing at Pickford Film Center

79 minutes, Cuba, In Spanish, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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What began as a hit short film about the Vocal Vidas became a long-form doc in 2017 when the group was invited to the United States. Based in Santiago de Cuba, their gorgeous vocals and infectious, resilient spirits meet the challenges of daily life in Cuba head-on.

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Friday, October 15th

5:30pm

Tuesday, October 19th

7:45pm

Scrum

Scrum

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Presented by Chuckanut Bay Rugby. Rugby is an overwhelmingly white sport. Frank McKinney, the only Black college rugby coach in the United States, aims to change that, building a team of all races and backgrounds. This is an inspirational story, yes, but it’s also one rooted in reality—and reality can be complicated stuff.

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Saturday, October 16th

7:45pm

Tuesday, October 19th

3:30pm

Holy Frit

Holy Frit

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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A tale of creative hutzpah, Tim Carey, an unknown artist, pursues and wins a contract to create the largest stained-glass window of its kind – despite having no knowledge of how to do it. Enter Narcissus Quagliata, an aptly named glass maestro, who helps push Tim to the limits of kilnforming.

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Sunday, October 17th

5:30pm

Wednesday, October 20th

3:30pm

Storm Lake

Storm Lake

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Iowa’s Storm Lake Times is one of the last of its kind: a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. It barely breaks even and when Storm Lake becomes a national COVID hotspot, loss of ad revenue threatens the existence of the paper right when the town needs it most. It’s the story of journalism writ large as seen through a small-town lens.

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Monday, October 18th

5:30pm

The Crab Season w/Lessons for Jeju

The Crab Season w/Lessons for Jeju

Playing at Pickford Film Center

64 minutes, France, In French, DOC-Bio
Rated NR: _

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The Crab Season: From March to November, Christophe Leboucher, who is profoundly visually impaired, hikes to the foot of the cliffs at Etretat at low tide, where he spelunks with his stick and hands into tiny crevices hunting crab and lobster, reminding us there are other ways to see the world. 51m. Unrated.

+ Short: Lessons for Jeju: When diver and expectant mother Kimi Werner travels to the island of Jeju to meet her heroes, the haenyeo—a group of freediving and fishing women—she finds inspiring life lessons.

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Monday, October 18th

7:45pm

Thursday, October 21st

4:15pm

Try Harder

Try Harder

Playing at Pickford Film Center

85 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Civil Life
Rated G: _

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Go inside the hallowed and highly competitive halls of San Francisco’s Lowell High, one of the best public schools in the nation. With an elite and highly skilled student body, the culture is overachieving and the pressure intense as they all vie for acceptance at the same top universities.

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Tuesday, October 19th

5:30pm

Sunday, October 24th

2:15pm

Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free

Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Drawn from an archive of 16mm film, Tom Petty works on his 1994 album Wildflowers.

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Wednesday, October 20th

6:15pm 8:45pm

Thursday, October 21st

8:45pm

Ascension

Ascension

Playing at Pickford Film Center

97 minutes, China, In Mandarin, DOC-Civil Life
Rated NR: _

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Director Jessica Kingdon deserves awards for this mind-blowing examination of the ‘Chinese Dream’ and the endless pursuit of productivity. Her camera finds incredible places–observing workers in a sex doll factory or a bodyguard training school. Fascinating, rhythmic, and no talking heads.

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Thursday, October 21st

6:15pm

Sunday, October 24th

12:00pm

Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story

Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story

Playing at Pickford Film Center

96 minutes, UK, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Brock is a British born, Amazonian cowboy turned Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom star—enough for a doc, but he ultimately devotes his life to providing free health care around the world with Remote Area Medical, a portable clinic. Sainthood awaits.

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Friday, October 22nd

5:45pm

Monday, October 25th

3:15pm

Fanny

Fanny

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Presented by Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, FilAm Student Org., DIWA Filipino Film Festival Fanny bears the distinction of being the first all-women band signed to a major label. They made five excellent albums, they rocked, and few have ever heard of them. See the story of a barrier-breaking band—with commentary by Bonnie Raitt, Cherie Currie and more—that was totally ahead of its time.

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Friday, October 22nd

8:00pm

Thursday, October 28th

5:30pm

Searching for Mr Rugoff

Searching for Mr Rugoff

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Cinema 5 was a legendary NYC theatre chain and distribution company that broke all rules and helped launch an era of international and independent cinema. Donald Rugoff was the mad/maddening genius behind it all. Film buffs unite.

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Saturday, October 23rd

3:00pm

Wednesday, October 27th

5:30pm

Mau

Mau

Playing at Pickford Film Center

77 minutes, Austria, In English, DOC-Arts & Entertainment
Rated NR: _

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Presented by Paper Whale. Bruce Mau, from humble Canadian beginnings, becomes a celebrated designer and artist—yet his world-view is one that leads him to ask big questions, the answers to which may help hold the keys to our survival as a species. Lighthearted but profound (and inspiring).

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Saturday, October 23rd

6:15pm

Tuesday, October 26th

5:30pm

The Place that Makes Us

The Place that Makes Us

Playing at Pickford Film Center

70 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Taking Action
Rated NR: _

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Youngstown, Ohio is a quintessential post-industrial city: blighted, crime-ridden, economically depressed—but not without hope. Witness what happens when the city’s younger generation decides to stay put and transform their city in ways sure to inspire.

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Sunday, October 24th

4:30pm

Tuesday, October 26th

7:30pm

To Which We Belong

To Which We Belong

Playing at Pickford Film Center

90 minutes, USA, In Trailer, DOC-Civil Life
Rated NR: _

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Restorative agriculture has never been as sexy. Directors Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson follow farmers and ranchers taking the sustainable path forward, saving our land and sea for both economic health and future generations. Inspiring? Very. *Presented with the financial assistance of The Community Food Co-op.

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Sunday, October 24th

6:30pm

Wednesday, October 27th

7:45pm

The Long Coast

The Long Coast

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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A lyrical and impactful study of the coast of Maine, its watery ecosystem and the hardy folks who earn a living from it, told in five chapters that detail both the triumphs and challenges of a rapidly changing way of life. Deceptively simple and decidedly beautiful.

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Monday, October 25th

5:30pm

Thursday, October 28th

3:30pm

Shorts: Go Gurrls!

Shorts: Go Gurrls!

Playing at Pickford Film Center

67 minutes, USA, In English, DOC-Civil Life
Rated NR: _

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Celebrate true “Girl Power” with these three inspiring short films. All trailblazers: 7-year-old cancer survivor and mutton buster, Marley McDonald; Lucy Harris, one of the greatest living women’s basketball player who was drafted by the NBA! and Jess Kimura, tough as nails Pro snowboarder and “girl power advocate”.

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Monday, October 25th

7:30pm

Thursday, October 28th

1:30pm

King Lear (National Theatre)

King Lear (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

180 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: _

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Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

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Wednesday, November 3rd

6:00pm

Sunday, November 7th

11:00am

The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68

The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68

Playing at Pickford Film Center

105 minutes, USA, In English, Concert
Rated NR: _

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of L.A. WOMAN, this “Special Edition” event will transform movie theaters into concert venues, giving Doors fans the closest experience to being there live.

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Thursday, November 4th

7:00pm

Hansard (National Theatre)

Hansard (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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Hansard; noun
The official report of all parliamentary debates.

See Olivier Award-winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand new play from Simon Woods, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.

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Wednesday, November 17th

6:00pm

Sunday, November 21st

11:00am

War Horse (National Theatre)

War Horse (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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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

Skylight (National Theatre)

Skylight (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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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).

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Wednesday, January 12th

6:00pm

Sunday, January 16th

11:00am

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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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.

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Wednesday, February 9th

6:00pm

Sunday, February 13th

11:00am

Follies (National Theatre)

Follies (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center

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

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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).

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Wednesday, March 2nd

6:00pm

Sunday, March 6th

11:00am

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

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.

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Wednesday, May 11th

6:00pm

Sunday, May 15th

11:00am