Doctober

Each October, Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, our month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring some of the most diverse and varied programming offered all year. With over 55 films in the lineup for 2018, something for everyone is hardly an exaggeration!

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker visits, special guests, pre-screening receptions and guided discussions. Take a look at each event to find more details!

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Pick of the Litter

Presented by Brigadoon Service Dogs Introductions and surprise visits by dogs at some screenings!

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil--five spirited puppies who, from the moment they're born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It's a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies...
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United Skates

When America's last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture-- one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talent....
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The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man

One man's journey to find meaning in Bill Murray's many unexpected adventures with everyday people, The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man is an inside look at rare and never-before seen footage of the comedic icon participating in stories previously presumed to be urban legend. Whether it be singing karaoke late at night with strangers or crashing a kickball game in the middle of the afternoon, Bill Murray lives in the moment and by doing so,...
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Modified

In the award-winning new documentary Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate...
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The Silence of Others

Presented by the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival and featuring post-screening discussions in the theaters.

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows the survivors as they organize the groundbreaking 'Argentine Lawsuit' and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, and explores a country still divided four decades into democracy. Seven years in...
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Behind the Curve

Take a deep dive into the culture of flat-Earthers, and find out who they are and what drives them in this surprisingly empathetic portrait. Spoiler alert: The Earth is indeed round....
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Free Solo

The following Showtimes are SOLD OUT: 10/19 at 6:15 PM & 8:45 PM, 10/20 at 6:15 PM & 8:45 PM, 10/22 at 6:15 PM, 10/23 at 6:15 PM, 10/24 at 6:15 PM, 10/25 at 6:15 PM.
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing...
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Into the Okavango

Dr. Steve Boyes and his team travel along the Okavango River in Africa on a 10-week journey of scientific discovery and conservation. Traveling from Angola to Botswana, the team must apply their scientific brains to the surrounding area whilst relying on the knowledge of a local guide to provide them safe passage in the wild....
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Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Presented by What's UP! Magazine

From humble beginnings in Denver, Colorado, Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher built one of the most influential American independent record labels. In 1978 they opened Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, Illinois, which would evolve into a record store and music label like no other—Wax Trax! became the nexus of the new wave, punk rock and industrial music scenes, and America’s preeminent industrial label of the 1980s and ’90s....
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Jodorowsky’s Dune

In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films El Topo and The Holy Mountain launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel...
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Gurrumul

Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album 'Gurrumul' brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music....
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The World Before Your Feet

Presented bySuperfeet

For over six years, and for reasons he can't explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City--a journey of more than 8,000 miles. From filmmaker Jeremy Workman and Executive Producer Jesse Eisenberg, The World Before Your Feet is a documentary that tells the story of one man's unusual personal quest and the unexpected journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues....
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Chef Flynn

Presented by Grow Northwest

While many of young Flynn McGarry's peers were playing video games, he was creating remarkable gastronomic delights far beyond his years at his home in Studio City, California. Flynn's family encouraged him to pursue his creative passion, and his unique journey was thoroughly documented by his artist mother. He loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the "Teen Chef," establishing his own supper club at age 12...
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Satan & Adam

In 1986, when harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee it was the beginning of an unforgettable collaboration - dubbed Satan and Adam. Amidst the racial tension in New York City, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their musical stylings perfectly aligned. After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, the duo rose to international acclaim from...
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Mr. SOUL!

In 1968, they asked him to produce the first "black Tonight Show." Instead, he started a revolution by bringing the real black experience to the national stage. Meet Ellis B. Haizlip, the man who changed the color and face of mainstream television; the man behind SOUL!--one of the most controversial, successful, and socially significant black-produced TV shows in US history....
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Inventing Tomorrow

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world's environmental threats--found right in their own backyards--while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)....
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Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End

In this feature documentary we discover the dangerously funny cartoonist Mr. Fish, struggling to make a living in an industry that is dying out. In a world where consumerism is king, and opportunities are few, will this uncensored artist find a way to sell his art, or be forced to sell himself out?...
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Quiet Heroes

Presented by Sean Humphrey House and WWU QRC

In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from—or were cast into exile by—the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their “affliction,” counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV. In the entire state and intermountain region there was...
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The Dawn Wall

Presented by Backcountry Essentials

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, CA. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy, it was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At...
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