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

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

SummerWorks: Health & Safety Notes

STARTING 27 JULY 2020

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

BROWSE CURRENT EVENTS

SummerWorks: Health & Safety Notes

STARTING 27 JULY 2020

If You Ask Me (IYAM)

If You Ask Me (IYAM)

  • Saturday, October 19, 5:00 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Open Captions

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

Films: 30 min / Panel Discussion: 60 min

GENRE: SHORT FILM

Get Mad: IYAM shorts

For the third consecutive year, If You Ask Me (IYAM) has supported emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to create new work. This constantly evolving program has grown to follow the needs of the filmmakers and RWM is very excited to be showing four new short films in 2019 by Saba Akhtar, Julianne Ess, Erum Khan and James Knott.

These filmmakers have worked under the guidance of mentor Fallon Andy and have been working at Trinity Square Video over the summer months to develop new short films. Each year these artists have been commissioned to create longer works to be shared in the festival and next year they will graduate into becoming mentors for a new generation of filmmakers looking to share their mental health stories through film.

 

This program is also being offered in conjunction with a Paprika Theatre Festival writing workshop.

For info and sign up, visit here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/paprika-workshop-bringing-your-authentic-self-to-your-writing-tickets-73823105897

#GETMAD: JOIN THE CONVERSATION

1-on-1 advice for Young Filmmakers & Professionals 

The IYAM participants are emerging arts leaders who are interested in giving back to their communities. Join the artists as they engage in intimate conversations along with representatives from professional film making and theatre organizations as they offer advice, talk through ideas, give feedback and, most importantly, meet other young creators who are looking to share their stories!

PANELISTS

James
Knott
IYAM filmmaker
Saba
Acktar
IYAM filmmaker
Morgan
Sears-Williams
CFMDC representative
Cara
Spooner
Workman Arts representative
Erum
Khan
IYAM filmmaker
Julianne
Ess
IYAM filmmaker
Andrew
Cromey
Trinity Sqaure Video representative
Bilal
Baig
Paprika Theatre Festival representative
CO-PRESENTERS

With support from CAMH’s Youth Engagement Initiative and the National Youth Action Council

Trinity Square Video

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Irene's Ghost

Irene's Ghost

  • Saturday, October 19, 8:30 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

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

Iain Cunningham / 2018 / UK / 82 min / Canadian Premiere

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Irene’s Ghost is a stunning 6-years-in-the-making documentary that follows a son’s search to find out about the mother he never knew. Cunningham breaks the silence and tracks down his mother’s friends and family to rebuild a picture of her. Cunningham was three when his Mother Irene died. His Father never spoke of it and the family’s silence around Irene meant that she was alive only in Cunningham’s imagination as a thistle seed or in the image of the moon. The birth of his own child inspires a journey to discover the truth about Irene, piecing together fragments of the past to make sense of the present. Utilizing gorgeous animation alongside moving archival footage, Irene’s Ghost lovingly rebuilds Irene’s lost life.

Screening with

Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days
Regina Pessoa | 2019 | Canada | 13 mins | Toronto Premiere

Regina Pessoa’s latest animation beautifully illustrates her childhood memories of her charming and idiosyncratic uncle. This film is a testament of Pessoa’s love and admiration for her uncle’s unique spirit.

#GETMAD: JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Motherhood

How does talking about (or not talking about) post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis impact women and families? After the screening of Irene’s Ghost, we will explore the complicated layers of how post-partum disorders are understood and felt personally as well as culturally through first hand experiences from women and professionals in discussion with the filmmaker.

PANELISTS

Paula
John
Moderator
Iain
Cunningham
Director
Rimsha
Panelist
Wendy
Porch
ED at Centre for Independent Living Toronto
MEDIA PARTNER
She Does the City logo
CO-PRESENTERS

In This House

In This House

  • Friday, October 11, 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 12, 2:00 PM (with Q&A)
  • Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 PM (with Q&A)
  • Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 20, 4:00 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

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

Written and Directed by Grace Thompson / Talk Like You Theatre / 60 min / Toronto Premiere

GENRE: THEATRE

Charlie is looking for happy, Remi is a struggling musician and bartender who has clinical depression, Jinx is a burlesque performer and PHD candidate who works at The Orange Balloon, and Minka, no one knows what Minka does. In This House is a play about four young adults living together in Toronto. It is a look into the epidemic of loneliness and depression among the Millennial generation and the daily struggle to make something of yourself in this city. In This House is a play about a generation, a city and an exact time in our lives. This is a play about how we save each other.

Written and Directed by Grace Thompson
Performed by: Astrid Atherly, Jonathan Sconza, Rosie Callaghan and Ciana Henderson
Stage Manager: Erin Maxfield
Set and Lighting Design: Lisa Van Oorschot
Sound Design: Shannon Farrell

#GETMAD: JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Millennial Mental Health: a two-part conversation 

How are young people today talking about suicide? How are Millennials navigating their experiences with mental health and addictions? Join the cast of In this House after the shows on October 12 and October 15 as they discuss the production themes and their experiences navigating between being emerging artists, living on their own for the first time and managing their mental health. This two-part conversation will explore the unique difficulties for young people in Canada, and the communities of support being created as a response.

PANELISTS

Erum
Khan
Moderator (Oct 12)
Grace
Thompson
Playwrite & Director
Astrid
Atherly
Performer
Jonathan
Sconza
Performer
Rosie
Callaghan
Performer
Ciana
Henderson
Performer & Moderator (Oct 15)
COMMUNITY PARTNER
crows theatre logo

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