Pickford to host fundraiser for Bellingham 'Mountain Runners' documentary March 25

Pickford Film Center will host an informal fundraiser for the soon- to-be-released local film “The Mountain Runners,” which will premiere at PFC in May. The fundraising event will be held on Sunday, March 25 at Pickford Film Center at 11:15 a.m. Select scenes of the film will be shown along with commentary on the film’s background and history provided by the directors, Todd Warger and Brian Young.

“The Mountain Runners” is a feature length documentary about America’s first mountain adventure race which was held in Bellingham from 1911-1913. The race would pit trains against automobiles and runners against Mount Baker (to the summit in blizzard conditions.) Told with historic photos and recreations, the film chronicles the rise and fall of the event that spawned the Ski to Sea race.

The Mountain Runners is the first film project Pickford Film Center has supported under its fiscal sponsorship program. Executive Director Alice Clark noted the importance of the relationship and the film by saying, “Part of the mission of PFC is to act as a resource for local filmmakers and this is one way that we are pleased to be able to do that – by acting as an umbrella of sorts for their project and helping them to bring it to fruition for everyone to enjoy. This is also a very important piece of history and we are proud to have had a role in bringing it to life. We think the community is really going to enjoy learning about this incredible story.”

The event is free to the public; however PFC and the filmmaking team hope those who attend will have an interest in joining the project as supporters as they head towards the final stages of post-production on the film including editing, effects, music and sound. All who contribute $50 will receive a limited edition Mountain Runners t-shirt, which will be available after the screening.

Pickford Film Center is the nonprofit organization that operates Bellingham’s only independent movie venues – the Pickford Film Center at 1318 Bay Street and the Limelight Cinema at 1416 Cornwall Avenue. In addition to screening the very best in independent and classic cinema daily, PFC also produces a variety of film festivals and events year round. The new PFC, which opened its doors in April 2011, serves as a community living room, with beer and wine available, ADA accessibility, two screens along with state-of-the-art projection and sound.

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