Mental Health Film Series - Cracked Up

Mental Health Film Series - Cracked Up

  • Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

506 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue

Michelle Esrick / 2018 / USA / 95 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: CELEBRITY, DEPRESSION, FAMILY, TRAUMA

TYPE: FILM, PANEL/Q&A

In this free screening on Bell Let’s Talk Day, witness the impact childhood trauma can have over a lifetime through the story of master impressionist, comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond. While shining brilliantly in the spotlight, Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and debilitating flashbacks—and was misdiagnosed by doctors for decades. Not until a suicide attempt brought him together with Dr. Nabil Kotbi was he properly treated, unleashing the memories his brain had locked away for over 50 years. Director Michelle Esrick balances humour and tragedy to create a poignant story of hope and resilience.

Followed by a Q&A with director Michelle Esrick and special guests.

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs, we’re showcasing a series of free docs-and-conversations about mental health leading up to and on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Join the conversation to break the stigma around mental illness and help create positive change. Each doc will feature a post-screening Q&A with special guests and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive listeners will be present at each screening.

Tickets: FREE (maximum of two per person). Available as of Tuesday, January 7.

CO-PRESENTERS
Bell Let's Talk

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Mental Health Film Series - Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Mental Health Film Series - Mystify: Michael Hutchence

  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

506 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue

Richard Lowenstein / 2019 / Australia / 104 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: CELEBRITY, DEPRESSION, MUSIC, SUICIDE

TYPE: FILM, PANEL/Q&A

Wildly popular singer-songwriter Michael Hutchence created a new sensation as the enigmatic frontman of the Australian band INXS, but what do we really know about this shining star who left the world far too soon? Peeling away the myths surrounding the singer’s untimely suicide, director Richard Lowenstein unravels how a life-altering brain injury led Hutchence on a tragic downward spiral into depression. Weaving together home movies and interviews with loved ones, including ex-girlfriends Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen, this Hot Docs ‘19 selection is a deeply poignant tribute to one of music’s most misunderstood showmen.

Followed by a Q&A with special guests and subject matter experts.

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs, we’re showcasing a series of free docs-and-conversations about mental health leading up to and on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Join the conversation to break the stigma around mental illness and help create positive change. Each doc will feature a post-screening Q&A with special guests and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive listeners will be present at each screening.

Tickets: FREE (maximum of two per person). Available as of Tuesday, January 7.

CO-PRESENTERS
Bell Let's Talk

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Mental Health Film Series - Kusama: Infinity

Mental Health Film Series - Kusama: Infinity

  • Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

506 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue

Heather Lenz / 2018 / USA / 80 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: CELEBRITY, INSTITUTIONALIZATION, POP CULTURE, VISUAL ART

TYPE: FILM, PANEL/Q&A, VISUAL ART

Trace the tumultuous and triumphant journey of Yayoi Kusama, the Infinity Mirrors visionary who overcame mental health struggles to become the biggest-selling female artist in the world. Emerging as a rival to Andy Warhol in the ‘60s, the Japanese artist battled with childhood trauma, prejudice and depression, voluntarily spending over three decades living in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital and using art therapy as a way to cope. Kusama: Infinity beautifully delves into her astonishingly prolific career, the influence of her dazzling polka-dotted visions—which she describes as “art medicine”—and the power of embracing weirdness.

Followed by a Q&A with special guests and subject matter experts.

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs, we’re showcasing a series of free docs-and-conversations about mental health leading up to and on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Join the conversation to break the stigma around mental illness and help create positive change. Each doc will feature a post-screening Q&A with special guests and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive listeners will be present at each screening.

Tickets: FREE (maximum of two per person). Available as of Tuesday, January 7.

CO-PRESENTERS
Bell Let's Talk

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

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Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon

Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon

  • Saturday, October 12, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 18, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM (with Q&A)
Workman Arts Chapel

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

The Workman Arts Chapel has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.

Slow pulsing light used in this performance.

Forever Epic Films / Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White / 60 min

Intangible Adorations is an immersive theatrical experience that explores the impact of celebrity worship on the mental health of the famous, and on those who become infatuated with celebrity. Audience members will gather in the Hall of Celebrity, have the opportunity to learn the best way to approach someone famous, and then experience an iconic piece of performance art in the Red Chapel enacted by a celebrity whose identity is concealed by a morph suit. Will they reveal their identity, or will they choose to remain anonymous? That will be up to the individual who represents the ICON each night. Who in the audience will have the courage to participate in a celebrity panel where they’ll get a taste of what it feels like to be famous?

Creators: Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White
Lighting Design and Effects: Carl Elster
Original Music: Pink Moth
Co-producers: Haus of Dada, Workman Arts, KC Cooper and Meek
Performers: KC Cooper, Emily Gillespie, Amy Loucareas, Meek, Jane Smythe and Lisa Anita Wegner

The creators would like to acknowledge the OAC for Exhibition Assistance for Intangible Adorations: The Icon Experience.

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Celebrity and Anonymity: An Artist Talk and Q&A

A discussion of Intangible Adorations with creator and performer Lisa Anita Wegner and collaborator Scott White on Saturday, October 19 after the 2:00 pm show, moderated by Lisa McKeown. The discussion will touch on the nature of modern celebrity culture, celebrity worship syndrome and the origins of this version of Intangible Adorations. The panel will also discuss the significance of Lisa’s journey with mental and physical health, the relevance of finding anonymous expression, and how this piece fits into Lisa’s larger universe of therapeutic performance and film work.

PANELISTS

Lisa
McKeown
Moderator
Lisa
Wegner
Creator & Performer
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