The Whatcom Museum is excited to co-present Master of Light, directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten for the Pickford Film Center’s Doctober Film Festival. A deft and intimate character study, Boesten trains her camera on George Anthony Morton, an inmate in federal prison for a decade on drug dealing charges, and a classical painter who nurtures his craft during lock-up. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world. He returns home to Kansas City and paints family members as catharsis and reflection. By painting these portraits, can George heal himself and create a better outcome for the next generation?
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 more than 50 films in one month. For this festival, the Pickford partners with local groups and organizations to bring important issues to the screen. Many presentations feature special guests, filmmakers, pre-screening receptions, and guided group discussions. This year, the festival runs September 30th through November 3rd.