Behind the Scenes Insights on Directing the
Award-Winning Documentary BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS

To celebrate the Canadian premiere of the German film BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS at Rendezvous With Madness, join us for an insightful talk about filmmaking featuring accomplished director Astrid Menzel.

The film BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS is streaming across Canada from November 6 – 12. You do not have to watch the film before attending the seminar but it is encouraged. The film page is found here Tickets to watch the film online are purchased through a donation of $0 -20. 

SEMINAR – Behind the Scenes Insights on Directing the Award-Winning Documentary BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS

Filmmaker Astrid Menzel explores the process of directing a feature film, dissecting her latest documentary BLUE SKY WHITE CLOUDS. Participants of this seminar will walk away with a deeper understanding of various aspects of film direction, production and techniques as well as uncover personal insights about the highs and lows of the process, including:

Topics Covered

  • Different aspects and challenges of filming one’s own family.
  • How to turn subjective thoughts and struggles into a dramaturgical outline of an intensive and personal documentary.
  • The mix of materials and techniques used during the editing of the film.
  • Open Q&A
Monday, November 13, 2023

5:30 – 7:00 PM
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, Unit 302

The cost of this seminar is free 
Capacity is 20

November 6 - 12, 2023
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Same As Sister - Upstairs, In Our Bedroom

Image Credit: Emma Joy

Join performance collective, Same As Sister (S.A.S.)/Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi and York University’s 3Dance research team – VR advisor Lora Appel & disability arts advisor Rachel da Silveira Gorman, for an open conversation and demonstration about their project in development, Upstairs, In Our Bedroom

Upstairs, In Our Bedroom is an interdisciplinary performance that places Same As Sister’s experiences as female identical twins of color next to the real-life story of outsider authors June & Jennifer Gibbons (a.k.a. The Silent Twins). Utilizing dance, text, mobile VR technology, and puppetry they will reveal the dual struggles to be recognized as individuals within a pairing and within a racist and patriarchal society.


Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a NYC and Toronto-based performance collective led by twin choreographers Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi. Initiated in 2013 to make experimental narrative performance accessible to a diverse audience through collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, their commissions have been presented at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (Toronto); Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle); Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Greece); Danspace Project (NYC); Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (France); BRIC Arts | Media House (NYC); and New York Live Arts (NYC), among other venues. S.A.S.’s 2022 commission, This is NOT a Remount, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (Dance). They were an Alternate and Finalist for the Jerome Foundation’s 2021-22 and 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (Dance), and are the recipients of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2022 and 2017 Emergency Grant (Dance); Queens Council on the Arts’ 2020 Queens Arts Fund New Work Grant (Multi-Discipline); and a New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship (Choreography). Same As Sister is currently a commissioned resident artist of the 2023 HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) in NYC. 

Lora Appel is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the Faculty of Health at York University; Adjunct Researcher at Michael Garron Hospital; and a Collaborating Scientist at University Health Network, the largest medical research organization in Canada. Lora heads the Prescribing Virtual Reality (VRx) Lab, which designs and conducts studies that introduce and evaluate AR/VR/MR therapeutic interventions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in different settings ranging from acute-care hospitals to community care. She has received several grants from the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation to pursue this work in aging and dementia care. More recently her research has expanded into novel uses of VR for other patient populations and clinical conditions, such as those living with epilepsy, specialized dentistry with stroke patients, and low-vision therapy for pediatric oncology patients and seniors with AMD. She is very enthusiastic about creating technological interventions that are preventative, holistic, and tailored to the individual with a special focus on sensory-health. Lora’s love for the arts (as complementary to the sciences) has led her to explore the potential applications of VR in choreography, dance pedagogy, and performance. 

Rachel da Silveira Gorman is an interdisciplinary scholar, choreographer, and curator working across fine arts, humanities, and sciences. Gorman’s current projects focus on disability data justice, AI bias, and machine learning; dance and VR; biochemical mechanisms of health inequity; and aesthetic ideologies of disability and race. Gorman has created 20 dance-theatre, site-specific, and screendance productions, ten of which have been remounted or rescreened at festivals. Critic Paula Citron called Waking the Living “a disturbing and riveting reality check,” and Passing Dark a “melancholy journey… of intense sadness.” Gorman served on the editorial committee of Fuse Magazine, and on the curatorial committee at A Space Gallery, where they curated a cycle of four exhibitions on political grieving. Gorman’s writings on ideologies of disability and race have appeared in American Quarterly, thirdspace, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. They hold a PhD from the University of Toronto and an MFA from York University. 

Upstairs, In Our Bedroom is being commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), NYC, with additional support from Dancemakers (Toronto). The project was developed in part during a 2022-2023 Plug-N-Play Residency at Toronto Dance Theatre.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Illustration: Jenny Chen


a garland for patty by Chelsey Campbell (Laser-engraved Moriki Kozo, Oguni Kakishibugami, and Chiri Kozo tissue on heritage washi paper) 2022

a garland for patty
Chelsey Campbell

Manjas as Mobility Aids by Harmeet Rehal (black milk crates, old saris and dupattas, rope) 2023

Manjas as Mobility Aids
Harmeet Rehal

nadyes _ you come back by Logan MacDonald (Installation) 2022-ongoing

nadyes/you come back
Logan MacDonald

Used Pillowcases and Used Medical Supplies

Pillow Fight
Alex Dolores Salerno

m. patchwork monoceros - waiting in line at the corvid cafe (draft)

In Praise of Voice Notes and Penguin Pebbling (part of Mourning Microcosmmutes)
m. patchwork monoceros



Indebted to the words and thinking of disability justice educator Mia Mingus, wherever you are is where i want to be offers access intimacy as the un-structuring logic for our collective queer and trans crip futures. Refusing the loudly eugenicist mapping of isolation and disposability upon our disabled queer-trans-crip bodyminds, the multi-disciplinary practices platformed here speak with a loved urgency to the ways in which embodied experiences of access intimacy have the capacity to reconfigure time, space, and relation. Spanning installation to textile to video, the work of these artists proposes the act, experience, and feeling of crip kinship as a means and model of radical future-making.


SarahTai Black (they/them) is an arts curator and critic born and (mostly) raised in Treaty 13 Territory/Toronto whose work aims to center Black, queer, trans, and crip futurities and freedom work. Their curatorial work has been staged at Cambridge Art Galleries (Cambridge, ON), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK), MOCA (Toronto ON), PAVED Arts (Saskatoon, SK), and A Space Gallery (Toronto, ON).




Please join us—and bring your friends—for a free workshop exploring the process of creating an autobiographical film with Liz Roberts. Roberts is our spotlight artist this year, her remarkable short film Midwaste is available for streaming across Canada during Rendezvous With Madness. (see page 37 for film synopsis and schedule)

Liz Roberts makes work that is often collaborative and rooted in moving image and sound. She has held teaching positions in the Cinema Department at Denison University, Film & Video,  Graduate Studies at Columbus College of Art & Design and the Art and Film Studies departments at The Ohio State University. Her her early 16mm films have screened with Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan), Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Filmmakers’ Coop (New York) and were awarded at the New York Exposition of Short Film & Video and Chicago International Film Festivals. From 2015 to 2018 Roberts was a core participant in MINT—a collective, gallery, and multidisciplinary warehouse space in Columbus, Ohio. In 2019 she received a fellowship in sculpture for Vermont Studio Center, volunteered as staff at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) and was in residence at The Growlery in San Francisco. Currently she has a monthly show on Columbus, Ohio based Verge.FM and KCHUNG Radio in Los Angeles. Her most recent film, Midwaste screened at Hot Docs in 2022. She is a 2022 BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) MediaMaker fellow.


Live auto-captioning will be provided. ASL interpretation by request. For all accessibility inquiries please contact Raine Laurent-Eugene at

TUES, NOV 1,  5:00 PM ET


ASL interpretation by request. 




According to numerous self-advocates, Autism and ADHD representation in film leaves much to be desired. The host, multimedia artist and neurodiversity*-affirming therapist Kat Singer brings together fellow neurodivergent** artists to share their work, explore their relationships with diagnosis and speak to the representation they would like to see on screens.

We will be sharing a virtual “living room” and drinking non-alcoholic beverages of our choice – join us for 90 minutes of insightful and authentic conversation in a relaxed, gently facilitated space. *\

Individual human brains naturally differ in how they are built and how they function; this biological fact is referred to as “neurodiversity.” Autism and ADHD are examples of diagnostic labels for people whose brains look and function differently from what is considered typical or “normal”. These individuals sometimes choose to self-identify as neurodivergent. Self-advocates have begun to reclaim these medical terms that have been used to oppress them, transforming stigma into pride and creating communities of like-minded people. To learn more about key terms, see  Nick Walker’s seminal essay:

Our special guests at Neurodivergent Creator Cozy Tea Time will be announced soon


ASL and live captioning will be provided. For all accessibility inquiries please contact Raine Laurent-Eugene at

SAT, NOV 5, 1 – 2:30 PM ET


Mouthful of Bees: A Poetry Reading By Shannon Quinn

Mouthful of Bees: A Poetry Reading By Shannon Quinn

Workman Arts is pleased to co-host an afternoon of talking all things publishing, process & craft with author Shannon Quin on February 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST on Zoom. Shannon will be reading from her new collection, Mouthful of Bees, which is an exploration of Quinn’s own experience as someone who both uses and provides mental health and addiction services. The collection moves between personal, communal and mythical experiences of madness to obliterate the idea that recovery is a tidy or linear event and challenges us to welcome resilience in all of its’ messy and awkward iterations.

Mouthful of Bees (Mansfield Press) is Quinn’s third collection of poetry. Her second collection, Nightlight for Children of Insomniacs, was shortlisted for the Relit Award. Quinn lives in Dish with One Spoon Territory (Toronto).

  • 2:00 PM (EST) Friday, February 9, 2022


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Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

Tues, Nov 2, 8 PM ET


ASL and Open Captions

Haiena / 2020 / Japanese with English subtitles / Japan / 63 mins / North American Premiere

Winner of the Cinema Fan Award at the 2020 PIA Film Festival at the National Film Archive of Japan, Luginsky is an incredibly unique animated film replete with early and modern computer graphics, still photography and a collage of cut-outs, which are dizzyingly utilized to maximum effect to tell a story which seems as delirious as the protagonist. The main character of the film is named Deerman, whose head is a deer and who recently endured an accident resulting in chronic hallucinations. Deerman has recently lost his job, and in a series of events that led him to become reliant on alcohol, frequently is beaten up as a result of his drunken behaviours. His addiction takes an even worse turn when he stumbles upon a panther-barmanpriest who creates a forbidden cocktail for Deerman designed by an ex-boxer named Luginsky that alters his life even further with so-called reality and fantasy dancing in unprecedented ways. A most unique film of fantastical visions you won’t soon forget.

Please join film artist Haiena for a virtual Q&A to discuss his experience creating the unique
animated reality of Luginsky. The discussion will be moderated by animator animator Jeff Chiba
Stearns with Japanese to English interpretation, ASL interpretation and captioning.


Keywords: Addictions | Alcoholism | Animation | Class | Surrealism

Talking Back and Together: Jenny Chen

Talking Back and Together: Jenny Chen

A photo of Jenny Chen
  • 11 AM Friday, February 18, 2022

Jenny Chen

Jenny is a visual artist living in Toronto. She makes art to process information about the world around her while raising questions about existentialism and spirituality. Her work uses symbols to create mystical environments inspiring viewers to wonder about life beyond the material world. She graduated from OCAD University  in 2016 with a major in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Illustration. Since then, Jenny has worked mainly in watercolour, pen and clay.

Artist Jenny Chen talks about the work she has made in the past three years. She covers her inspiration and creative processes across multiple mediums. She emphasizes pattern making in her work. At the end of the talk, she demonstrates that you can create your own pattern drawing at home.


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Talking Back and Together: Apanaki Temitayo M

Talking Back and Together: Apanaki Temitayo M

A photo of Apanaki Temitayo M
  • 11 AM Friday, January 21, 2022

Apanaki Temitayo

Apanaki Temitayo M is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist. Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is a bi-sexual, single mother of three. She is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. Apanaki is currently the CAMH 1st Artist in Wellness, and she is featured in the Kuumba Exhibit, Where She Went, She Thrived at Harbourfront Centre, presented by Nia Centre for the Arts.

Journey As A Canadian Artist: A Critique of the AGO” ​is an in-depth exploration and discussion ​led by author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher Apanaki Temitayo M on the issues related to the lack of representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the impact on the Canadian art landscape ​as a whole.


Social Media: @ShopApanaki

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Talking Back and Together: Nicholas Ridiculous

Talking Back and Together: Nicholas Ridiculous

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  • 11 AM Friday, November 19, 2021

Nicholas Ridiculous

Raised by Fiction | Nicholas Ridiculous

Welcome to my menagerie; a thrifted and twisted dreamscape of lost tapes. Join me on this retrospective of creative youth, an appreciation of process and showcase of how far you can follow your artistic desires. If you let yourself deserve it, if you allow yourself to feel the worth that everyone else knows is there. This is an ode to the beauty born of mad radicals and fad chasers, this is my reflections. A shattered world raised by fiction, now we are picking up the pieces. I was put into a dark box a long, long time ago by the foster care industry. I am finally starting to make my way out. And with me come the worlds I’ve made to survive the trials.

Please enjoy this sampling of original craft, poetry, music, fashion and movement. Thanks for stopping by.

Social Media Links:

@Nicholasridiculous / ARTIST INSTAGRAM
@thelastcandybandit / PAINTING INSTAGRAM
@ridic.rugz / RUG INSTAGRAM
nicridicTV / YOUTUBE
@underbellysociety / CLOTHING LINE INSTAGRAM

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