We asked the Pickford staff for their favorites in the 2018 Doctober lineup. With over 55 films to pick from – here are our favorites:
Hayley McVay, Volunteer Coordinator: Bisbee ’17
In times like now it is important to remember the past is not past. Bisbee ’17 is the story of 1917 mass deportation of migrant workers in Arizona that has, and continues to (re)surface again and again through capital gains and abuse of labor. This stylistic doc uses artistic theatrics (like that of The Act of Killing, My Winnipeg, and Spettacolo) where ancestors of 1917 events film their own “reenactments,” to remind us that the past is still very present. The result is a must-see for anyone who loves a mixed-medium documentary that blends time and merges identity.
Ariel Brownstein, Membership and Development Manager: The Heat
My boyfriend is a foodie, and by osmosis I am becoming one too. We’ve watched every episode of Chef’s Table, every high-end food documentary, and while the food makes me drool, I’m tired of seeing the same 30-50-something-year-old men throwing tantrums in the kitchen. I’m ready to see some kick-ass female chefs serve up a big helping of “eat my food and get the f— out of my way”.
Cole Wilder, Projectionist: Hillbilly
I think most people who watch TV or movies can name at least one hillbilly character they’ve seen (Cletus from The Simpsons, all of the Beverly Hillbillies, etc.), but I’m sure that, beyond those characters, the average person (myself included) knows very little about authentic Appalachian culture beyond banjos and moonshine. Hillbilly seeks to try and (re)discover Appalachia by taking mainstream depictions its people, deconstructing them, and piecing them back together in a way that reveals the trauma inflicted on these communities and reimagines rural folks in a more accurate and appreciative light. With voices like bell hooks and Frank X Walker featured in the film, I’m sure there will be some very interesting ideas presented. A must-see for anyone who is curious or critical of the media they consume.
Mikayla Nicholson, Projectionist: Bathtubs over Broadway
A deep dive into the secret world of “industrial musicals,” full-fledged Broadway-style productions made by and for companies like Ford, McDonald’s and GE, is everything I never knew I always wanted. Bathtubs Over Broadway combines several things that pique my interest: ironic detachment turned into genuine affection, earnest musical numbers about Xerox machines, and bathroom humor.
Ariana Dorshkind, Assistant Ops Manager: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Everyone has those songs where when you hear it, you have to stop everything and jam your heart out. M.I.A’s Paper Planes is one of those songs for me, a certified banger™️. When I first learned the lyrics were about racist stereotypes people had about her, the song completely changed for me. She is not an ordinary pop star, so I do not expect this to be an ordinary music doc. M.I.A. radiates power and I can’t wait to watch Matangi/Maya/M.I.A so I can soak it all in.
Kevin Ledford, Projectionist: Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
Before the days of the internet, buying music usually meant you couldn’t listen to the CD first. I soon discovered that Wax Trax records was a good bet when finding all the best electro-industrial music that I loved. KMFDM, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Frontline Assembly, and many other classic bands all found a home at Wax Trax. This doc will be a happy reminder of the glory days of a major record label that catered to the fringe of electronic music.
Michael Barone, Projectionist: Pick of the Litter
Hands (or paws) down, this is going to be the most wholesome and sweet film of Doctober. Training these dogs is no walk in the park, but the ends results are guaranteed to leave your mouth grinning and you tail wagging! If I was barking up the wrong tree with those ruff dogs jokes, then that bites.