August 17, 2022

Gray Gordon Marketing Manager
Pickford Film Center
(336) 926-6490

Doctober at the Pickford 2022

Pickford Film Center makes the best movies accessible to wide audiences 365 days a year, including special events and festivals in addition to regular screenings. Each October the Pickford showcases Doctober—a month-long documentary film festival dedicated to one of Bellingham’s proven favorite genres, the documentary. Doctober is the largest documentary festival in the Northwest, screening over 50 films in one month. For this festival the Pickford partners with local organizations to bring important issues to the screen; many presentations feature special guests, filmmakers, pre-screening receptions, and guided group discussions. Pickford Film Center is excited for Doctober to continue and enrich our community during this year's festivities!

This year the festival opens on Thursday, September 30th  and runs through Thursday, November 3rd.

The festival schedule will be unveiled on September 15th and tickets for all Doctober films will be available for Pickford Film Center members at that time. Tickets will go live to the public on Friday, September 23rd. Doctober is a very popular event, so for first access sign up to be a Pickford Film Center member! Members get discounts on tickets, special events, and popcorn, but members also play a vital role in keeping independent cinema alive and accessible in Bellingham. Stay tuned for the upcoming film line-up to be announced!

The Pickford also offers Doc-ED, a program providing every public and tribal middle school the chance to see documentaries for free, in the theatre, with transportation and popcorn included! Doc-ED gives students a meaningful and informative shared experience, providing them with inspirational films that expose them to different cultures, people, and experiences. 

Our world has gone to the docs! Keep an eye out for the upcoming lineup to be released, and become a member for first access to the festival.

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