CHANNEL 2400

CHANNEL 2400

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Starting November 6 at 1 PM on Workman Arts’ YouTube channel

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Producer: James Buffin / 2021 / English / Canada

Channel 2400, (episode #1 of an eight part video series) features interviews with artists who identify as having lived experience with mental health and or addictions.

 

Filmed at the new Workman Arts office housed within the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, this show highlights the burning passion, audacious talent and extraordinary dedication of the featured artists.

Having interviewed trauma survivors the world over, director James Buffin (Jingle Dress, First Dance) brings his listening skills to the fore with a minimalist approach to this “tell it like it is” project.

Channel 2400 dives deep into the core issues, challenges, struggles and accomplishments of tremendously tenacious people who identify as artists first, in as transparent a way as possible, as a way for them to self-represent.

 

Keywords: Artists | Mental Health | Healing | Film | Trauma
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This project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now program. 

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THIRZA CUTHAND: ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

THIRZA CUTHAND: ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

THIRZA CUTHAND / Canada / total run time 67 mins

Rendezvous is thrilled to be presenting a spotlight on Thirza Cuthand, a prolific artist who works
across multiple disciplines to explore interconnected issues related to madness, queer identities,
Indigeneity, and oh yes, sex and sexuality.

 

EXTRACTIONS (2020 | 15 min) A personal film about so-called Canada’s extraction industries and
the detrimental effects on the land and Indigenous peoples.

ANHEDONIA (2001 | 9 min) Depression and suicide are met head on in this confessional piece.
Anhedonia urges the viewer to open their eyes to the source of illness in Indigenous communities.

SIGHT (2012 | 3 min) Super 8 footage layered with Sharpie marker lines and circles obscuring the
image illustrates the filmmaker’s experiences with temporary episodes of migraine-related blindness
and her cousin’s self-induced blindness..

LOVE & NUMBERS (2004 | 8 min) A Two Spirited woman surrounded by spy signals and psychiatric
walls attempts to make sense of love, global paranoia and her place in the history of colonialism.

LESS LETHAL FETISHES (2019 | 9 min) “Not a sex video. Maybe a sexy video? About a latent gas
mask fetish, but maybe actually about a certain art world tear gas controversy the filmmaker was
involved in.” – T.C.

MEDICINE BUNDLE (2020 | 9 min) “A film about a bundle that was used in my family to heal by Great
Great Grandfather from a smallpox epidemic and a life threatening wound from a gun used against
him during the Battle of Cutknife Hill in 1885.” – T.C.

WOMAN DRESS (2019 | 6 min) A montage of archival images and dramatized re-enactments, this
film shares a Cuthand family oral story, honouring and respecting Woman Dress without imposing
colonial binaries on them.

NEUROTRANSMITTING (2021 | 8 min) In her most recent piece to date, Cuthand and her mother,
Ruth, explore wellness as it connects to mental health, psychiatric institutions, family and the medical
industrial complex. The intimate conversation is held over a backdrop of Ruth’s beaded scans of brains
affected by mental illness.

 

Keywords: Class | Environmental extraction | Gender | Indigeneity | Trauma

IN PERSON SCREENING
Wed, Nov 3, 6:30 PM

WATCH ONLINE
Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

IN PERSON + VIRTUAL
Q&A WITH ARTIST
Wed, Nov 3, 7:45 PM ET

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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Toronto Queer Film Festival

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Q&A WITH THIRZA CUTHAND

Please join artist Thirza Cuthand for a live
and virtual Q&A to discuss their film and art practices. The discussion will be moderated by local Indigenous media artist and cultural worker Ariel Smith.

PROCESSING DURATION: RECENT SHORT FILMS BY WORKMAN ARTS MEMBERS

PROCESSING DURATION: RECENT SHORT FILMS BY WORKMAN ARTS MEMBERS

IN PERSON SCREENING
Sat, Nov 6, 3 PM ET

WATCH ONLINE
Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

IN PERSON + VIRTUAL
PANEL DISCUSSION
Sat, Nov 6, 4 PM ET

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Various artists / 2018-2021 / Canada / 60 Mins+

Processing Duration is an anthology of recent short films by Workman Arts member artists that contemplate subjects of service, restriction, healing and embodied time. Through movement, ritual,
montage and song, these short films highlight nuance and storytelling. Ice On The Window Like A
Thousand Small Bees, Troubled Amplitude and Ice Into Fire experiment with urban and natural environments as a way to work through layered feelings. Looking inwards, the films Therapy Fragments Body Language, Fuck, Romberg’s Sign and The Space Without use self-documentation to explore vulnerability, growth, and resilience. While, the films Disability Video, The Beats, and Melody prove
the power of nature, music and narrative.

 

BODY LANGUAGE (Tara Clews | 2019 | 2 min)

DISABILITY VIDEO (Sirene Koser Qureshi | 2021 | 2 min)

FUCK (Emily Schooley | 2021 | 3 min)

ICE INTO FIRE (Anja Sagan | 2020 | 12 min)

ICE ON THE WINDOW LIKE A THOUSAND SMALL BEES (Catherine Jones | 2020 | 3 min)

MELODY (John Perera | 2021 | 3 min)

ROMBERG’S SIGN (Laura Shintani | 2021 | 2 min)

THE BEAST (Amy Ness | 2021 | 10 min)

THERAPY FRAGMENTS (Blanca Lopez | 2021 | 13 min)

THE SPACE WITHOUT (Emily Sweet | 2019 | 3 min)

TROUBLED AMPLITUDE (Jan Swinburne | 2018 | 9 min)

 

Keywords: Artists | Experimentation | Healing | Music | Resilience
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Vucavu
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FILMMAKERS Q&A
Join the filmmakers for an in-person and virtual Q&A ; moderated by filmmaker James Buffin

IF YOU ASK ME - Youth Shorts Program

IF YOU ASK ME - Youth Shorts Program

Chelsy Althea, Kasia Beloussov, Alissa Dawn, Angela Feng, Béatrice Langlois-Bettez, Vyom Malhotra, Maud Mostly, Maneesa Veerave, Muchen Zhou / 2021 / Canada / 60 mins

For the fifth consecutive year, If You Ask Me (IYAM) has supported emerging filmmakers with mental
health and/or addiction experiences to create new work. This year’s program features nine shorts by
filmmakers from across Canada.

These new films were developed in summer 2021 under the guidance of Helena Morgane and IYAM alumni and mentors Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Samyuktha Movva, and Shubhi Sahni. Over three
months, filmmakers have strengthened their knowledge of film in the company of peers and industry
guests. Rendezvous is excited to screen these distinctly personal works created during extraordinary circumstances.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: FILMMAKING NOW
The world has changed substantially since the initial planning of If You Ask Me 2021. This year’s
cohort of filmmakers adapted their practices to ever-changing conditions. Join the Q + A session
to learn how recent events informed the production of their films and hear their predictions on
how this time will shape the future of film.

 

Keywords: Addiction | Trauma | Youth

IN PERSON SCREENING
Sun, Oct 31, 5 PM

WATCH ONLINE
Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

IN PERSON + VIRTUAL
PANEL DISCUSSION
Sun, Oct 31, 6-7 PM ET

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Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation
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Toronto Youth Shorts
Trinity Square Video

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House

Spring 2021 Virtual Open House

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GENRE: DANCE, INTERACTIVE, MEDIA ART, MUSICAL, PERFORMANCE ART, POETRY, SHORT FILM, THEATRE, VISUAL ART

TOPIC: COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, MUSIC

Put Friday, June 25 in your calendar – we’ll be doing an end of term virtual open house to showcase the work that Workman Artists have been doing throughout the spring term. If you’d like to see what we’ve been up to, click the RSVP button to register and receive the link to join. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Schedule

5:00-5:10 Land Acknowledgement/Welcome
5:10-5:15 Performance Art Salon
5:15-5:35 Improv
5:35-5:50 First Person Documentary
5:50-6:10 Find your Voice
6:10- 6:20 The Exploration & Expression of Body/Space
6:20- 6:30 Bruised Years Choir – performance by Julie Crann & Ethelrida Zabala-Laxa
6:30- 7:00 Reclaiming Our Mother Tongues & Write Out of Your Comfort Zone
7:00- 8:00 Self Stories Theatre

 

This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. We hope you can join us to enjoy this showcase from home – wherever that may be! In case the Zoom event reaches capacity, we will also live stream this event on the Workman Arts Facebook page.

We also have a virtual Gallery on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/193283975@N06/galleries/72157719479293760/

  • June 25, 2021 5-8:45 PM

Event on Zoom

FREE

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CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

Images Festival - what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost

Images Festival - what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost

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We are excited to co-present the program “what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost” at the 2021 Images Festival. This year, Images Festival is FREE online via live-stream at imagesfestival.com from May 20-26, 2021.

“what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost” features works by Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Ruth Höflich, Vika Kirchenbauer, Kamila Kuc, and Laida Lertxundi. The program will screen on Sunday, May 23 at 8:00 PM EDT with a Q & A to follow with the artists moderated by Bojana Stancic. Co-presented with 8fest, Canadian Film Institute, and Workman Arts/Rendezvous With Madness.

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6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

Hindsight: A National Film Board of Canada retrospective

Hindsight: A National Film Board of Canada retrospective

  • Streaming for free on VUCAVU (vucavu.com) from October 13-27
  • Virtual panel - This panel is pre-recorded and available for free on the same webpage as the films

Streaming of this film and virtual panel is available to viewers worldwide.

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Various artists / 110 min

TYPE: FILM

Film is a storytelling format that can splice directly into a person’s awareness of something. Yet in hindsight, when has the medium showcased the sensitive and nuanced topics of mental health and/or addiction?

Hindsight is a short film retrospective that traverses the topic of mental health and addiction within the National Film Board’s extensive archive. This co-presented program looks back almost seventy years to dynamically highlight a spectrum of stories and filmmaking techniques. Films sampled from the archive include Breakdown (1951), a fictitious film about a seemingly well-adjusted young woman who’s schizophrenic episode has landed her in a modern mental hospital. The Agony of Jimmy Quinlan (1978), a portrait documentary depicting the life of Jimmy Quinlan, one of an estimated 5000men who struggled with addiction in the alleys of late 1970s Montreal. Street Kids (1985), a succession of montaged black and white photographs voiced over to reveal a glance into juvenile prostitution. Nowhere Land (2015), a documentary narrated by Inuit Bonnie Ammaaq and her family tells their faint memories of attempting to live while the government-manufactured community of Igloolik becomes an elegy for Indigenous displacement and mental health. XO RAD MAGIQUE (2019) is an animated video work both psychedelic and hypnotic in nature, that takes you on an abstract journey living with schizophrenia in daily life.

THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF NFB

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Accompanying this NFB retrospective is a pre-recorded video interview with local Toronto artists Katelyn Gallucci, Greg Mccarthy and Derek Coulombe. In conversation, the artists will discuss the activity of looking back. How do the films bring up feelings of hindsight? How do we navigate these feelings? Why do we as artists sample from archives? Why is it important to create discussions around archival material?

If You Ask Me (IYAM)

If You Ask Me (IYAM)

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  • Available to stream online: Fri, Oct 16, 5:00pm to Sun, Oct 25, 5:00pm
  • Virtual panel: Sun, Oct 18, 5:00pm

Streaming of this film and virtual panel is available to viewers worldwide.

Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Manvinder Gill, Kitoko Kasiama, Jae Lew, Claudia Liz, Samyuktha Movva, Shubhi Sahni / Films: 90 min / Panel Discussion: 60 min

GENRE: SHORT FILM

TOPIC: YOUTH

TYPE: FILM

For the fourth consecutive year, If You Ask Me (IYAM) has supported emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to create new work. This year’s program features eight shorts by filmmakers across Canada: Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Manvinder Gill, Kitoko Kasiama, Jae Lew, Claudia Liz, Samyuktha Movva and Shubhi Sahni.

These new films were developed in summer 2020 under the guidance of Gillian Muller and IYAM alumni and mentors Saba Akhtar, Erum Khan and James Knott. Over three months, filmmakers deepened their knowledge of film in the company of peers and industry guests. Rendezvous is excited to screen these distinctly personal works created during an unprecedented time.

Rendezvous would like to thank the following workshop guests: Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark, Kelly Fyffe Marshall, Carine Zahner, Ashley Iris Gill, Marcus Armstrong and Gagan Singh.

This program was made in partnership with BIPOC TV and Film and Trinity Square Video.

Plus a special screening of youth film competition winner from 2020 Singapore Mental Health Film Festival: 

When Mirrors Had Meaning
Yuga J. Vardhan | 2020 | Singapore | Hindi and English with English subtitles | 10 minutes

When Mirrors Had Meaning presents the searing experience of 70-year-old Krishnan, as he sets off on a journey in search of a distant memory, leaving behind a letter to his family. 

Courtesy Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (smhff.com)

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ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Active Listener

An Active Listener will be available Sun, Oct 18 from 5-7pm to support this program.
Your active listener for this program is Kat.
You can connect with Kat by phone (talk or text) at (647) 474-2338 or by email at katrissing@gmail.com.

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BIPOC TV and Film Logo
Trinity Square Video logo

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Filmmaking Now

The world changed dramatically between the initial planning of IYAM 2020 and now. This year’s cohort of filmmakers pivoted their practices to adapt to ever-changing conditions. Join the Q + A session to learn how recent events informed the production of their films and hear their predictions on how this time will shape the future of film.

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Madwomxn | Shorts Program presented in collaboration with Pleasure Dome

Madwomxn | Shorts Program presented in collaboration with Pleasure Dome

Image Credits:
1. Panic Attack, Eileen O’Meara, 2018; 2. Watching the Pain of Others, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, 2019; 3. Better for Me, Alexandra Douglas, 2020; 4. I Want to Kill Myself, Vivek Shraya, 2017; 5. Trouble, Camille Pueyo, 2020; 6. Where There is Room to Bloom, Kelisha Daley, 2020

  • Available to stream online: Tue, Oct 20, 6:00pm to Thu, Oct 22, 6:00pm
  • Virtual panel/Q&A: Thu, Oct 22, 6:00pm

This program is available to stream worldwide.

GENRE: SHORT FILM

TYPE: FILM

Women-identified people’s relationship with madness has always been distinct; from the archetypal ‘madwoman in the attic,’ to individual experiences of womxn consumers / survivors / ex-inmates, to the ‘mad’ cultural expectations of femininity in everyday life. Throughout Western history women have been viewed as irrational, their bodies designated as aberrant and posited as the cause of mental disturbances, e.g. hysteria. At the intersections of racialization and transphobia, the confluence of mental illness and femme becomes even more fraught and perilous.

Panic Attack and Regarding the Pain of Others ask questions about how patriarchal capitalism’s expectations of womxn erode their sanity, and how humour and empathy may offer complex ways to subvert them. Originally screened in a gallery context with the viewer atop an exercise bike, Graft and Ash delves deeper into the ways in which productivity culture and white supremacy enact subtle and explicit violence upon Black femme bodies and psyches. I Want to Kill Myself and Better for Me are personal accounts of the deep pain of living through depression and psychosis respectively; gender identity, family and the power of music are threads and lifelines running through them. Trouble is a second-person portrayal whereby the artist’s mother tersely recounts her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her gratitude for the ability to manage it. Where There is Room to Bloom uses self-love, ancestral knowledge and Black spiritualism to move through multigenerational trauma, and to imagine a new world full of beauty and the psychological space necessary to thrive.

Panic Attack
Eileen O’Meara | 2018 | USA | English | 3 minutes

Watching the Pain of Others
Chloé Galibert-Laîné | 2019 | France | French and English with English subtitles | 31 minutes

Trouble
Camille Pueyo | 2020 | France | French with English subtitles | 3 minutes

Better for Me
Alexandra Douglas | 2020 | Canada | English | 11 minutes

I Want to Kill Myself
Vivek Shraya | 2017 | Canada | English | 9 minutes

Where There is Room to Bloom 
Kelisha Daley | 2020 | Canada | English | 7 minutes 

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ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Active Listener

An Active Listener will be available Thu, Oct 22 from 6-8pm to support this program.
Your active listener for this program is Kat.
You can connect with Kat by phone (talk or text) at (647) 474-2338 or by email at katrissing@gmail.com.

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Following the screening of Madwomxn, join Kelisha Daley, Alexandra Douglas, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, Eileen O’Meara and Camille Pueyo to discuss their short films.

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Quarantine Blues: Workman Arts: Recent Member Films

Quarantine Blues: Workman Arts: Recent Member Films

Image Credits: 1. A Lasting Impact, Emily Sweet; 2. All This Time, Genova; 3. Blood Downer, Gerald Mackenzie; 3. Naomi Hendrickje Laufer’s Dormant filmed by Brian Demoskoff; 4. Respect, by Jaene Castrillon; 5. Quarantine Blues, Susan Lieberman, Gerald Mackenzie, Amy Ness, Omar Samara, Emily Sweet and Lucy Drumonde

  • Streaming for free on VUCAVU (vucavu.com) from October 13-27
  • Virtual panel/Q&A: Fri, Oct 16, 4:00 pm

Streaming of this film and virtual panel is available to viewers worldwide.

GENRE: SHORT FILM

TYPE: FILM

Avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, once famously remarked: “Cameras do not make films; filmmakers make films.”

Featuring Workman Arts Members: Gerald Mackenzie, Brian Demoskoff, Genova, Emily Sweet, Jaene Castrillon and a special quarantine omnibus from the 2020 film class; this imaginative and exciting shorts program showcases the endless bounds of filmmaking as a creative outlet. Together through their willingness to creatively explore their surroundings and even document their daily-lives during a global pandemic, these film-makers prove that the most critical equipment for filmmaking is yourself, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both.

Programme
A Lasting Impact, by Emily Sweet, 5 minutes
All This Time, by Genova, 10 minutes
Blood Downer, by Gerald Mackenzie, 10 minutes
Naomi Hendrickje Laufer’s Dormant filmed by Brian Demoskoff, 3 minutes
Respect, by Jaene Castrillon, 45 minutes
Quarantine Blues, by Susan Lieberman, Gerald Mackenzie, Amy Ness, Omar Samara, Emily Sweet and Lucy Drumonde, 21 minutes

Support for this streaming program provided by Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door Program with special thanks to VUCAVU.

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ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Active Listener

An Active Listener will be available Fri, Oct 16 from 4-6pm to support this program.
Your active listener for this program is Amanda.
You can connect with Amanda by phone (talk or text) at (647) 696-0893 or by email at amanda.virtualdesk@gmail.com.

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Tangled Art + Disability

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Join the filmmakers for a virtual Q&A on Friday, Oct 16, at 4:00 pm.