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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Playing at Pickford Film Center
95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG-13: (for brief strong language and drug material)
CCAP

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is a musical biography of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century — and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. At the height of unprecedented success, Ronstadt, a restless and adventurous artist, turned away from pop music to explore an astonishing variety of musical styles, from American standards to country to classical operetta before circling back to her family roots with traditional Mexican canciones. Withstanding constant pressure from a risk-averse industry, Linda insisted on following her musical instincts. Today Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and her magnificent singing voice has been silenced. But rather than letting that voice be lost to history, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice tells Linda’s story through her own words and music, and by such professional colleagues as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville among many others.

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Rojo

Rojo

Playing at Pickford Film Center
109 minutes, Argentina, Brazil, France, In Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama, Thriller
Rated NR: .


In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he starts insulting Claudio, a renowned lawyer. The community supports the lawyer and the stranger is humiliated and thrown out of the place. Later that night the stranger, who is determined to wreak a terrible vengeance, intercepts Claudio and his wife Susana. The lawyer then takes a path of no return involving death, secrets and silences.

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The Farewell

The Farewell

Playing at Pickford Film Center
98 minutes, USA, In English and Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Comedy, Drama
Rated PG: (for thematic material, brief language and some smoking)
CCAP, AD

Open Caption Wednesday screenings: September 18 at 3:25 PM , and Sept. 25 at 8:15 PM .

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

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Luce

Luce

Playing at Limelight Cinema
109 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated R: for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use.
CCAP

Open Caption Wednesday screenings: September 18 at 5:30 PM, and September 25 at 8:20 PM.

It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

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Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments: Live in Cinemas

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments: Live in Cinemas

Playing at Pickford Film Center
110 minutes, UK, In English, Filmed Q & A with special guests
Rated NR: PG like content


1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series of the same name have together created a cultural phenomenon, as Margaret Atwood’s handmaids have become a symbol for reproductive rights. Filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre in London, the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, and inventor Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of her remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and the question of why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story 34 years later with sequel The Testaments.

Village Books will be at PFC this evening so you can purchase a copy of The Testaments on the day of its release. It will also be available to pre-order with your ticket order for a discounted price of $25 + tax (retails at $28.95.)

Tickets are $18, or $15 for Pickford members.

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Maiden

Maiden

Playing at Pickford Film Center
97 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
CCAP, AD

Sponsored by the Community Boating Center!

Open Caption Wednesday screenings: Sept. 18 at 5:45 PM , and Sept. 25 at 3:30 PM .

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, to ensure the team made it to the start line. Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.

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David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name

Playing at Limelight Cinema
95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
CCAP, AD

Open Caption Wednesday screening: September 25 at 6:00 PM.

You thought you knew him. Meet David Crosby now in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind. With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey.

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The Invisible Boy (1957)

The Invisible Boy (1957)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction
Rated NR: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an pre-movie introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

From Steve himself: “Rocket Sci-Fi continues 2019 with our favorite theme: ROBOTS! We will be featuring classics like GOG (1954), Tobor the Great (1954), and the little-seen (ha!) Invisible Boy (1957) starring Robbie the Robot. Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976) are also in the mix. Come one, come all — droids and replicants are especially welcome.”

Timmie, a mischievous 10-year-old boy, is plopped in front of a supercomputer by his scientist father, Dr. Tom. The computer, however, secretly gives Timmie super-intelligence and he’s soon able to reanimate a robot named Robbie (of Forbidden Planet fame). Timmie and Robbie become best friends, embarking on a series of lighthearted pranks. But when Robbie starts taking orders from the evil supercomputer, Timmie must choose between his best friend and the safety of the world.

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Racing Extinction (ALL IN for Climate Action Week)

Racing Extinction (ALL IN for Climate Action Week)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, USA, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, UK, Japan, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Tickets are free, available at the box office only.

Presented by the Multifaith Network for Climate Justice, North Cascades Audubon Society, Sierra Club/Mount Baker Group, RE-Sources for Sustainable Communities, the City of Bellingham, and Climate Reality Project Bellingham Chapter as part of the City of Bellingham’s ALL IN for Climate Action Week

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are also the only ones who can stop it.

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The Silent Natural

The Silent Natural

Playing at Pickford Film Center
0 minutes, USA, In English, Drama
Rated NR: .


Presented by Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Bellingham as part of International Week of the Deaf.

He made thousands of fans cheer, but never heard one. William “Dummy” Hoy was one of the first Deaf Major League Baseball players in the 1800’s. Being deaf, he introduced hand signals for “strike” and “ball” to the game and overcame many obstacles to became one of the greatest players of his time.

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Waldo on Weed

Waldo on Weed

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


When their son Waldo is just six months old, Brian and Danielle Dwyer notice that he’s experiencing difficulties with his vision. Receiving the devastating diagnosis of eye cancer, the parents follow doctors’ orders and begin chemotherapy on their infant. But when the chemo causes Waldo to become violently ill, they begin a desperate search for alternative therapies, and what they come across is an all-natural, chemical-free option: weed.

Alienating their friends, colleagues, and family—and without telling their pediatrician—Brian and Danielle make the controversial decision to treat Waldo with CBD oil. The triumphant results are captured in the film which includes joyous footage of the family as they uplift their lives from Philadelphia and build a new home on a cannabis farm. This documentary is a love letter from father to son.

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Anbessa

Anbessa

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, Italy, Ethiopia, USA, In Amharic w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Sponsored by Real Change Whatcom
One evening only.

A young boy displaced by a massive condominium complex creates his own reality where as a lion (“anbessa”) he can face the forces beyond his control.

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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Playing at Limelight Cinema
93 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by League of Women Voters and Good Time Girls
Voter registration from League of Women Voters on 9/27, 9/29, 10/2, and 10/3!

The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.” Molly’s words have proved prescient. Now it’s up to us to raise hell!

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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Playing at Pickford Film Center
91 minutes, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the 50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to the artist in present day.

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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .
OCAP

Presented by the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center Bellingham
All screenings of Moonlight Sonata will be presented with open captions

At its core, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements is a story about love, family and finding your voice. Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky (Beware the Slenderman, One Last Hug) has been surrounded by deafness her entire life: Brodsky’s parents are deaf and her oldest child Jonas lost his hearing at the age of 4. While Jonas can hear now with the help of cochlear implants, this documentary chronicles her son’s journey to learn to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”; a piece the composer wrote while he was losing his hearing.

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Wild Shorts

Wild Shorts

Playing at Pickford Film Center
72 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary, Shorts
Rated NR: .


Head straight into the American tornado. See what climate change is doing to the arctic polar bear. Walk with a Vietnam veteran whose healing began in the wilderness. Run with tribal members as they unite at Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah. And find a reason to – yes– love bugs with lifelong partners and entomology pioneers Lois and Charlie O’Brien. The Wild Shorts program introduces us to people we would never meet otherwise, people who embrace and share their love for the wild.

Including short films:
Chasing Monsters
Bare Existence
Grizzly Country
Sacred Strides
The Love Bugs

Programmed by Doctober Assistant Programer Jane Julian.

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Picture Character

Picture Character

Playing at Pickford Film Center
81 minutes, Australia, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji’s place as an emerging digital language, but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties to identity and inclusion. In Picture Character, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

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Love, Antosha

Love, Antosha

Playing at Limelight Cinema
92 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated R: (for language, some sexual content and nudity)


Presented by Film Is Truth 24 Times a Second

Love, Antosha tells the story of Anton Yelchin’s creative persistence. His devoted Russian parents nurtured his love of acting, exposing him to works of the masters. Often the youngest actor on set, Yelchin’s intense focus inspired many actors around him. Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pine, and John Cho share revealing insights into his character. Though he kept it a secret, Yelchin lived with a dangerous health condition, but he never became discouraged. As he grew into his craft, he continually enriched his understanding of the world, embodying an incredible authenticity.

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Push

Push

Playing at Pickford Film Center
92 minutes, Sweden, In English, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, and French w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Sponsored by Chuckanut Builders
Presented by Bellingham Tenants Union

Push is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

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Snoopy, Come Home

Snoopy, Come Home

Playing at Pickford Film Center
81 minutes, USA, In English, Children’s
Rated G: .


Presented in theaters for the first time since its release in 1972!

In this follow up to 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the scholarly Snoopy finds himself dragged between two owners and challenged to remain true to himself. When Charlie Brown’s beloved dog Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner Lila, who is in hospital, his heartstrings are torn. Along with his bird pal Woodstock, Snoopy decides to venture out and visit ailing Lila, making his way across the country. But when Lila gets better and asks Snoopy to live with her, the poor beagle faces a dilemma of loyalty, where he must choose between Charlie and Lila.

Written by Schulz, with a much admired score by Oscar winners Richard and Robert Sherman and featuring the on-screen debut Woodstock, Snoopy, Come Home is a fun-loving animated adventure for the whole family.

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Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders)

Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
86 minutes, USA, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders) (dir. Les Blank, 1976) is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film. 58 mins.

Also presenting Del Mero Corazón (Straight from the Heart) (dir. Les Blank and Maureen Gosling, 1979), a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tejano Conjunto and musica Norteña traditions. 28 mins.

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The Dog Doc

The Dog Doc

Playing at Pickford Film Center
101 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Sponsored by Northwest Holistic Pet Care

Join us after the September 29 screening for a Skype Q&A with filmmaker/producer Cindy Meehl!

A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Combining conventional medical training with cutting edge alternative therapies, Dr. Marty’s deeply empathetic philosophy offers a vital example of how improving overall health rather than merely treating disease is transformative for all living things.

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N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Village Books

Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Words from a Bear visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings, relating each written line to his unique American experience representing ancestry, place, and oral history. Cinematically this story takes audiences on a spiritual journey through the expansive landscapes of the West, when Momaday’s Kiowa ancestors roamed the Great Plains with herds of buffalo, to the sand-painted valleys of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico where his imagination ripened and he showed superior writing skills as a young mission student.

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Fleabag (National Theatre)

Fleabag (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
180 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.

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Ernie & Joe

Ernie & Joe

Playing at Pickford Film Center
96 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by NAMI Whatcom
One evening only.

Ernie & Joe is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.

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Fire on the Hill

Fire on the Hill

Playing at Pickford Film Center
98 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Animals as Natural Therapy
visits by therapy horses at both screenings!

For most, South Central LA is synonymous with gang violence, drug trafficking, and crime. Yet for much of the twentieth century the area was an agricultural boomtown filled with ranchers, farmers, and equestrians alike. Since the city’s establishment, Compton and the surrounding neighborhoods have always had a culture of Black Cowboys. This culture has all but disappeared now in a wash of land-hungry developers, apathetic politicians, and relentless gang activity. Fire on the Hill tells the story of one of the last strongholds that the Cowboys have: a horse stable known as the Hill that was mysteriously set on fire in 2012.

Also screening short film Fast Horse.

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Our Bodies Our Doctors

Our Bodies Our Doctors

Playing at Pickford Film Center
80 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Mount Baker Planned Parenthood
with Q&A moderated by director Jan Haaken

With clinic bombings, death threats, and harassment targeting providers and their families, it appeared by the 1990s that few doctors were willing to provide this service. But beneath the surface, a quiet rebellion was taking place in the field of medicine. A number of doctors came out publicly as abortion providers, even as the larger medical community often viewed them as “rogue physicians.” This rebellion depended heavily on working with women’s freestanding clinics and their feminist allies. Our Bodies Our Doctors takes viewers into the lives of these providers and their struggles to provide abortion procedures.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Playing at Limelight Cinema
115 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
Featuring a performance by The Kevin Woods trio outside the Limelight Cinema on Friday evening from 7:45-8:30!

The definition of “cool” can be summed up by the name Miles Davis. The quintessential “Renaissance Man” known for his restless artistic aesthetic, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and highly respected figures in music. He changed the course of music five or six times, remains a fashion and cultural icon, and his globally recognized artwork continues to resonate with multiple generations. He was an extraordinary artist who sacrificed everything for his music –the man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart.

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Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

Playing at Pickford Film Center
88 minutes, Netherlands, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World explores the promise of open source investigation, taking viewers inside the exclusive world of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat. In cases ranging from the MH17 disaster to the poisoning of a Russian spy in the United Kingdom, the Bellingcat team’s quest for truth will shed light on the fight for journalistic integrity in the era of fake news and alternative facts.

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Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine

Playing at Pickford Film Center
75 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse – spotlighting iconic features, interviews, and anecdotes along the way – then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

Sponsored by Ann Reinhart

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Canada House
Shown in partnership with WWU Canadian-American Studies and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
One evening only.

Anthropocene follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains,Anthropocene traverses the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

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For Sama

For Sama

Playing at Limelight Cinema
95 minutes, UK, In Arabic w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

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Human Nature

Human Nature

Playing at Pickford Film Center
107 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by WWU Chemistry Department in honor of National Chemistry Week

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.

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Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Playing at Limelight Cinema
95 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG: .
Doctober

Presented as part of Third Eye Cinema, a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff with tickets for just $5.

Programmed by Michael Falter as part of Doctober. One evening only.

This film explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

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Katie

Katie

Playing at Pickford Film Center
89 minutes, Ireland, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented as part of Bellingham Irish Fest
+ 10:00am – 12:00: Open jam session in the lobby — everyone is welcome!
+ serving homemade Irish soda bread and tea
+ exhibits of historical Irish books from Western Washington Libraries Special Collections

One evening only.

Katie Taylor fell in love with boxing at the age of six but quickly found that her avenues into the ring were blocked by the sport’s traditionally sexist culture. Women were banned from boxing in Ireland, so she dressed as a boy to enter competitions. This was the first of many obstacles that intensified her drive to succeed and strengthened her relationship with her dad, who was both her coach and closest confidant.

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Gay Chorus Deep South

Gay Chorus Deep South

Playing at Pickford Film Center
100 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Echoes

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

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The Hottest August

The Hottest August

Playing at Pickford Film Center
94 minutes, USA, Canada, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Set in a sizzling New York City, The Hottest August is Brett Story’s visionary look at a culture on the precipice as both climate change and disaster capitalism eclipse our future. Despite an edgy undercurrent of anxiety, the film locates a warm humanity in interactions with a cross section of New Yorkers expert at “rolling with the punches,” as one Staten Island couple says outside of their garage. The rich set of characters includes a futuristic Afronaut, Hurricane Sandy holdouts, a Zumba instructor, and 1920s-style dancers who could be deckhands on the Titanic. While this smart, incisive essay taps into passages by Zadie Smith, Karl Marx, and Annie Dillard, Story’s presence can be felt strongly throughout: she acts as free-ranging poet/meteorologist with a farsighted ability to forecast our uncertain destiny.

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Midnight Family

Midnight Family

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, Mexico, In Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As the Ochoas try to make a living in this fraught industry, they struggle to keep their dire finances from compromising the people in their care.

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Motherload

Motherload

Playing at Pickford Film Center
81 minutes, USA, Australia, Germany, Ghana, Nicaragua, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by WTA + Smart Trips, with post-screening panel discussions featuring local parents, commuters, and business owners who have discovered the power of cargo bikes.

Motherload is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying passengers and heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and Motherload was born.

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Mister America

Mister America

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy
Rated R: .


Presented by the Bellingham Harold
One evening only. With a recorded intro and 10+ minute post-feature Q&A with Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington.

A young filmmaker follows Tim Heidecker during the last month of his campaign for San Bernardino County District Attorney in this absurd mockumentary from the creators of On CinemaMister America. Heidecker, who recently beat a murder charge for selling faulty e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, has mounted the campaign as an act of absurd revenge against the current DA, whom he faced in court. Despite a checkered past and no legal qualifications, he attempts to win over voters by leaning into his personal likability. It does not go well.

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Kifaru

Kifaru

Playing at Pickford Film Center
79 minutes, USA, Kenya, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


A feature-length documentary that follows the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit — a small group of rangers that protect and care for Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Spanning over the course of the caretakers first four years on the job, Kifaru allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan rhino caretakers who witness extinction happening in real-time.

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Becoming Nobody

Becoming Nobody

Playing at Limelight Cinema
81 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the Ayurvedic Health Center

Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass, who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.

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It Started as a Joke

It Started as a Joke

Playing at Pickford Film Center
75 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary, Comedy
Rated NR: .


Chronicling the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival through its farewell show in 2017, It Started as a Joke is a warm and generous inside look at Brooklyn’s alternative comedy community. Begun as, yes, a joke by Mirman in 2008, the festival went on to become a beloved annual tradition, a refreshingly DIY, anything-goes (one’s year’s theme: “The Drunk Show”) showcase for some of New York’s brightest comic talents, including Mike Birbiglia, Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, and many others. Interweaving priceless standup sets from the festival alongside Mirman’s candid reflections on his creative process and his family’s personal struggles, this delightful documentary is a hilarious and heartfelt ode to the end of an era in New York City comedy.

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First Position

First Position

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, USA, In English, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .
Pickford Family Matinees

Kid Pickford, presented by Bank of the Pacific. Tickets are only $1.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, First Position, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

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Union Maids

Union Maids

Playing at Pickford Film Center
50 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by United Faculty of Western Washington and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) Local 114, featuring historical images of Teamsters on display courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Archives.

One evening only.

Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO: the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. Released in 1976, it was the first film of its kind–an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women. The film was widely distributed in 16mm, including theatrical dates in about 20 cities.

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Finding Home in Boomtown

Finding Home in Boomtown

Playing at Pickford Film Center
80 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the YWCA

Finding Home in Boomtown is a cinéma vérité documentary about Briana and John-Mark Echols, and their dream to build a tiny house community for the homeless in oil boom-town Midland, Texas.

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Los Reyes

Los Reyes

Playing at Limelight Cinema
78 minutes, Chile, Germany, In Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Humane Society of Skagit County

Los Reyes (“The Kings”) is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the balls. The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voiceover.

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Mr. Jimmy

Mr. Jimmy

Playing at Pickford Film Center
113 minutes, USA, Japan, In English and Japanese w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a “salary man” by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page.

For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever.

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Say Amen, Somebody

Say Amen, Somebody

Playing at Pickford Film Center
100 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated G: .


One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time, Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey (“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Salmon People & Other Stories

Salmon People & Other Stories

Playing at Pickford Film Center
90 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Children of the Setting Sun Productions

One evening only.

Children of the Setting Sun Productions returns after a full year of filming in and around the Salish Sea. Come see the vibrancy of local Native cultures in a series of short films, our latest honoring the Women of Canoe Journey in this year’s Paddle to Lummi. Also showing is Salmon People, with new scenes illuminating the intricate relationship between salmon and the Coast Salish peoples. CSSP will live host the event and would love to hear your voices in the after show discussion of the work.

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Massacre River

Massacre River

Playing at Pickford Film Center
81 minutes, ., In Spanish, French, English w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

This documentary takes place in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, two ethnically and culturally distinct countries that have been forced to share an island since colonial times. The film follows Pikilina, a Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, and her family. Racial and political violence erupt when the country of her birth, the Dominican Republic, reverses its birthright citizenship law and she is left stateless, along with 250,000 others. With the stroke of a pen, generations of people are left without a homeland. This sets Pikilina off on an epic journey as she struggles to regain her Dominican citizenship. Pikilina now faces the choice of fighting for her rightful citizenship and exposing herself to danger, or fleeing with her family to Haiti, a country she barely knows.

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Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Playing at Pickford Film Center
82 minutes, USA, Mexico, In English and Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is a feature-length documentary offering a candid look into the world of 92-year-old British chef and cookbook author Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s authority on Mexican cuisine. Standing barely five feet tall with a still-thick English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of any individual who doesn’t agree with her subjective views of Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.

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The Queen

The Queen

Playing at Pickford Film Center
68 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented as part of our LGBT+ film series The Queens’ Vernacular

One evening only.

More than 40 years before RuPaul’s Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant’s bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990).

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Earth (Erde)

Earth (Erde)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
115 minutes, Austria, In English, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Homo Sapiens, Our Daily Bread) observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

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American Dharma

American Dharma

Playing at Pickford Film Center
95 minutes, USA, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Indivisble Bellingham
One evening only.

Veteran documentarian Errol Morris directs American Dharma, a long-form examination of alt-right figurehead and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. In-depth interviews with Bannon reveal his past political tactics and his future predictions on the state of the union.

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Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

Playing at Limelight Cinema
74 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the North Cascades Institute

YES! An artistically-shot, scientifically-sound, life-affirming film about mycelium: the incredible, intelligent network under our feet that has the proven ability to restore our ecosystem, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship to nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to be an educational, inspirational, and ultimately critical film that explores the uses and benefits of fungi in the areas of medicine, environmental engineering, and personal transformation. Narrated by Brie Larson and featuring insight from Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, and Andrew Weil.

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Lynch: A History

Lynch: A History

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


An evening with director David Shields on Friday, October 18.

Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.

Born and raised in in Oakland by a single mother, Lynch became an All-American, an All-Pro running back, and a Super Bowl champion, but over the last five years he has emerged as a nationally significant figure precisely because he has refused to “play the game” of being a dutiful, cliché-bound interviewee.

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Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
117 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction
Rated R: (for violence)


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an pre-movie introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

From Steve himself: “Rocket Sci-Fi continues 2019 with our favorite theme: ROBOTS! We will be featuring classics like GOG (1954), Tobor the Great (1954), and the little-seen (ha!) Invisible Boy (1957) starring Robbie the Robot. Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976) are also in the mix. Come one, come all — droids and replicants are especially welcome.”

Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.

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Vision Portraits

Vision Portraits

Playing at Limelight Cinema
78 minutes, Germany, Canada, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Filmmaker Rodney Evans comes to terms with his vision loss in this moving documentary about how artists cope with being visually impaired. Part confessional and part artistic journey, Vision Portraits chronicles a dancer, a photographer, a writer, and a filmmaker as they confront the many ways identity and career are shaped by unexpected physical realities.

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Well Groomed

Well Groomed

Playing at Pickford Film Center
88 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Sponsored by Shake & Shine

Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and Well Groomed captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of the artists involved. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit, playfully exploring their creative process. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, these women are revolutionizing the age old question – what is art? Director Rebecca Stern has captured an up-close and revealing look at pets, families, friendships and the glory of dog grooming through a bright spectrum of color.

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Inside Lehman Brothers

Inside Lehman Brothers

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Ten years after the Wall Street meltdown of 2008, questions still linger over whether insiders could see it coming or do more to stop it. Inside Lehman Brothers is an involving autopsy of what led to the largest bankruptcy filing in US history. The film profiles several insiders who had early warning signs about the dangers of subprime mortgages and tried to sound alarms from within. The stories of these whistleblowers deepen our understanding of the mindset that caused the crash and serve as a stark warning for the future.

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The Pollinators

The Pollinators

Playing at Pickford Film Center
92 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by the Community Food Co-op

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.

We will talk to farmers, scientist, chefs, economists and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees and what it means to our food security.

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Pizza: A Love Story

Pizza: A Love Story

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


It’s the most loved food in America. And we want to tell you a story about three pizza places in the town of New Haven, Connecticut that you may or may not have heard of. They’re named: Sally’s Apizza, Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana, and Modern Apizza, and they are generally considered to be three of the finest pizza restaurants on the planet.

Anyone who’s ever sampled a pie from one of these New Haven brick oven pizza palaces, knows that they’ve just tasted the finest pizza known to mankind. One bite and there is no going back.

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WBCN and The American Revolution

WBCN and The American Revolution

Playing at Pickford Film Center
123 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


WBCN and The American Revolution is a landmark feature documentary that tells the previously untold story of the early days of the underground, radical radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early-1970s.

The documentary includes never before exhibited film material shot by Andy Warhol and cinema verite pioneer Ricky Leacock, and photographic images from a host of top 1960s photographers including the late Peter Simon, brother of singer Carly Simon, who also appears in the film, and Jeff Albertson.

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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Playing at Pickford Film Center
98 minutes, Germany, UK, Australia, In English, Persian, French, and Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


The burning of ghost money perfumes the air on far-off Christmas Island where Poh Lin Lee, a trauma therapist, lives on the island with her husband and daughters. While Lee helps detained immigrants work through their trauma, migrating crabs freely move from the jungle to the ocean, coddled by locals who gently rake them from the path of oncoming vehicles. Lee’s therapeutic work, which is filmed in a uniquely intimate way, and her mediation between the unhappy spirits and the detainees take a toll on her relationship with her family. Director Gabrielle Brady conjures a poetic darkness that evinces a confrontation of nature and human suffering.

With a recorded introduction from Director Gabrielle Brady.

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Changing the Game

Changing the Game

Playing at Pickford Film Center
88 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Whatcom Youth Pride and the Queer Youth Project

Mack Beggs made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling — as a boy. Fighting Texas State policy and drawing international media coverage, he was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others. The tumultuous press surrounding his success continues to pull Mack in multiple directions as he and his family navigate the media and this year’s State wrestling tournament, all while trying to graduate high school. We hear two other stories from trans high school atheletes, and these courageous kids offer us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes — and share their struggles and successes along the way.

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Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Playing at Limelight Cinema
91 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated PG-13: (for thematic material and brief strong language)


Sponsored by TrueBearing Consulting

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.

Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer — but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.

Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Playing at Pickford Film Center
94 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Talking to Crows

Few realize that sound is 50% of the cinematic experience. Building on the pioneering sight-and-sound discoveries of iconic filmmakers, this documentary features the first generation of recognized Sound Designers who designed great movies with sound before a frame was shot. We will explore the collaborative relationship between Sound Designers and the visionary directors they work with by entering their creative realms via interviews and clips from their movies. We check out the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology and learn how sound transforms not only the cinematic experience, but also our lives.

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Jay Myself

Jay Myself

Playing at Limelight Cinema
79 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Mindport Exhibits
“Before you can see, you have to look”. Come early to ‘look,’ ‘see,’ and interact with exhibits provided by Mindport.

Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home–the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

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After So Many Days

After So Many Days

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the conventionally successful band they hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo made a spontaneous decision to go “all in,” making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads, and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries. After So Many Days is an intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it’s like for two people to pursue a dream, together.

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The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic

Playing at Pickford Film Center
85 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


We are in a plastic crisis.

Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, Big Plastic only plans to expand production. We need to chart a different course.

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Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Playing at Pickford Film Center
99 minutes, USA, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Presented by Bleedingham and shown as part of our series The Queens’ Vernacular

Your ticket for Scream, Queen! on October 31 gains you entrance to A Nightmare on Elm Street II, screening at 8:30pm!

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street sets the records straight about the controversial sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, which ended Mark Patton’s acting career, just as it was about to begin.

Scream, Queen follows Patton as he travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” The film also finds Patton confronting Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time, including Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Playing at Pickford Film Center
87 minutes, English, In Horror, Doctober
Rated R: (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)


Presented by Bleedingham

Your ticket to Doctober documentary Scream, Queen! gains you free entrance to A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! You can also purchase tickets to just Nightmare 2 at the link below.

Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) moves with his family into the home of the lone survivor from a series of attacks by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). There, Jesse is bedeviled by nightmares and inexplicably violent impulses. It turns out Freddy needs a host body to carry out his gruesome vendetta against the youth of Springwood, Ohio. While Freddy gains influence, Jesse and his girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), race against the clock trying to figure out what’s going on.

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Night of the Comet

Night of the Comet

Playing at Limelight Cinema
95 minutes, USA, In English, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi
Rated PG-13: .


Third Eye Cinema is a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff. Tickets are only $5!

Programmed by Patrick!
After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive.

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Paddington 2

Paddington 2

Playing at Pickford Film Center
105 minutes, UK, France, USA, In English, Family Friendly
Rated PG: (for some action and mild rude humor)


Pickford Family Matinee. Presented by Bank of the Pacific, Tickets are only $1.
Paddington 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
160 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.

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Westworld (1973)

Westworld (1973)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
88 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction
Rated PG: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an pre-movie introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

From Steve himself: “Rocket Sci-Fi continues 2019 with our favorite theme: ROBOTS! We will be featuring classics like GOG (1954), Tobor the Great (1954), and the little-seen (ha!) Invisible Boy (1957) starring Robbie the Robot. Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976) are also in the mix. Come one, come all — droids and replicants are especially welcome.”

Westworld is a futuristic theme park where paying guests can pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by androids. After paying a sizable entrance fee, Blane (James Brolin) and Martin (Richard Benjamin) are determined to unwind by hitting the saloons and shooting off their guns. But when the system goes haywire and Blane is killed in a duel with a robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner), Martin’s escapist fantasy suddenly takes on a grim reality.

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Leonardo: The Works (Exhibition on Screen)

Leonardo: The Works (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
85 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favourite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as Exhibition on Screen presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen.

This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story. Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

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Hansard (National Theatre)

Hansard (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
180 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


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.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.

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Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice (Great Art on Screen)

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Great Art on Screen

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. With the enchanting narrative voice of twice Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.

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Moomins in the Winter Wonderland

Moomins in the Winter Wonderland

Playing at Pickford Film Center
83 minutes, Finland, In English, Family Friendly
Rated NR: .


The winter seems extraordinary in Moomin Valley, so Moomintroll decides to stay awake instead of having his typical winter slumber. Moomintroll discovers that strange creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts in the midwinter darkness, and all of the new hints imply that an eccentric guest is soon to arrive. This new guest is called Christmas, and an astounded Moomintroll learns to experience the true meaning of this wonderful holiday.

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Present Laughter (National Theatre)

Present Laughter (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
180 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.

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Futureworld (1976)

Futureworld (1976)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
108 minutes, USA, In English, Science Fiction
Rated PG: .


Rocket Sci-Fi! Admission only $3. Every film features an pre-movie introduction by series curator Steve Meyers.

From Steve himself: “Rocket Sci-Fi continues 2019 with our favorite theme: ROBOTS! We will be featuring classics like GOG (1954), Tobor the Great (1954), and the little-seen (ha!) Invisible Boy (1957) starring Robbie the Robot. Westworld (1973) and its sequel Futureworld (1976) are also in the mix. Come one, come all — droids and replicants are especially welcome.”

Two years removed from a scandal that cost several lives, the Delos company has spent billions on safety updates and revamping their resort, Futureworld. Reporters Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda) and Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner) are sent to cover the reopening, but an insider leads the pair to believe the attraction is not what it seems. Feigning interest with Delos head Dr. Duffy (Arthur Hill), they try to get to the bottom of his nefarious agenda, which involves robots and human cloning.

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The Winter’s Tale (Branagh Theatre Live)

The Winter’s Tale (Branagh Theatre Live)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
210 minutes, UK, In English, Performing Arts
Rated NR: _
Branagh Theatre Live

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.

The season begins with The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…

The Winter’s Tale will star a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

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Gaugin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost (Great Art on Screen)

Gaugin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, In Italian, French, and English w/ English subtitles, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Great Art on Screen

Gaugain in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

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The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonder (Great Art on Screen)

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonder (Great Art on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, Italy, Spain, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Great Art on Screen

The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum — one of the most-visited museums in the world. Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more.

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All My Sons (National Theatre)

All My Sons (National Theatre)

Playing at Pickford Film Center
165 minutes, UK, In English, Theatre
Rated NR: .


Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Tickets are $16 for Pickford Members, $20 General Admission, $10 for Students.

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Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
80 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.

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Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Easter in Art (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
85 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

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.

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Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Frida Kahlo (Exhibition on Screen)

Playing at Limelight Cinema
90 minutes, UK, In English, Documentary
Rated NR: .


Exhibition on Screen

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, this documentary explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

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