Conviction

Conviction

Nance Ackerman, Teresa MacInnes, Ariella Pahlke / 2019 / Canada / 78 min

Rendezvous With Madness is thrilled to partner with National Canadian Film Day 2022 to co-present Conviction , the powerful opening night film from Rendezvous 2019.

Bianca Mercer is one of many women affected by Canada’s ineffective prison system. With more resources being invested into prisons than communities, women have become the highest growing prison population in the world.

In Conviction, a team of documentary filmmakers gain access to a female correctional facility in Nova Scotia to tackle the crisis from within. Instead of simply conducting interviews, the filmmakers collaborate with Bianca and other women in the facility to create a deeply personal and prisoner’s-eye documentary. Utilizing cameras, spoken word poetry and art supplies, the women share their experiences with institutionalization and unapologetically address the ineptitude of incarceration. What can we do to prevent women from being imprisoned in the first place and stop systemic re-institutionalization? Working alongside the Elizabeth Fry Society and the filmmakers, the women envision a better alternative to a failing criminal justice system to build communities; not cages.

  • 7:00 AM (EDT) Tuesday April 20, 2022

Films will become available on April 20th at 7:00am EDT. They will remain accessible for 48 hours

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CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

Theo Tams: One Last Chance

Theo Tams: One Last Chance

  • 7:30 PM (EST) Friday, January 20, 2022

In the lead-up to the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 26, in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs we will be hosting the world premiere screening of “Theo Tams: One Last Chance” and a live panel discussion hosted by co-director/producer Michael Landsberg featuring special guests.

The film intimately explores the realities of growing up gay in small-town Alberta, to navigating the psychological impacts of trauma, depression and addiction, and the path to recovery. In addition to the film, the panel will be made available to stream from January 21 – 26.

Tickets for the film and the panel discussion are can be booked through the Hot Docs Box Office.

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CHANNEL 2400

6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

FILMLIVE PANEL/Q&A

CHANNEL 2400

CHANNEL 2400

WATCH ONLINE

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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DRUNK ON TOO MUCH LIFE

DRUNK ON TOO MUCH LIFE

Michelle Melles / 2021 / English / Canada / 77 mins / World Premiere

What does it mean to be normal in a world gone mad? That’s the question at the heart of writer-director Michelle Melles’ poignant documentary, Drunk on Too Much Life. The film strives to change how people perceive those with mental health issues, framing their conditions as potentially insightful gifts rather than burdensome disorders.

Drunk on Too Much Life focuses on Melles’ daughter, Corrina, a young woman who experiences intense and sometimes painful emotional and psychic states. Corrina describes herself as “being trapped inside her own mind games.” Now, after years of doctors, medications and mental health facility check-ins, her family starts exploring healing methods outside of standard biomedical models. These holistic methods positively impact Corrina, reflecting the healing power of art, creativity and meaningful human connection.

 

SCREENING WITH SOUND GARDEN
Jeamin Cha | 2019 | South Korea | 30 min | Korean with English subtitles
Sound Garden alternates between scenes of large trees being transported and interviews with South Korean female
mental health workers who reflect on counselling’s ambivalence and complexity. The film highlights
the discrepancy between these cultivated trees, designed to thrive in urban surroundings, and the
human spirit, shaped and affected by our modern values and evolving social environments.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: PANEL DISCUSSION
Join director Michelle Melles and family members Corinna and Kevin virtually as they share their
thoughts on this personal documentary. They’ll be joined by others and will delve into different
ways Canadian mental health programs and health care succeeds and fails to accommodate and
support young people in their healing.

 

Keywords: Alternative healing | Family | Health care | Schizophrenia | Trauma

IN PERSON SCREENING
Sat, Nov 6 , 6:30 PM

WATCH ONLINE
Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

IN PERSON + VIRTUAL
PANEL DISCUSSION
Sat, Nov 6, 8:15 PM ET

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Stella's Place Young Adult Mental Health
"Closing Film"

ANNY

ANNY

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Oct 29 – Nov 7 available in Ontario only

PRE-RECORDED VIRTUAL Q&A
Available with the film

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Helena Třeštíková / 2020 / Czech with English subtitles / Czech Republic / 67 mins / Canadian Premiere

Anny became a sex worker at the age of 46, and since then has kept returning to the streets of Prague, rain or shine, as cars pass by her at a snail’s pace. Director Helena Třeštíková recorded Anny between 1996 to 2012 as is her unique approach: she follows ordinary people for years in what she’s dubbed “time-lapse documentaries.” These carefully crafted portraits indirectly capture larger lines of histories — in this case, the economic crisis years that sometimes prompt Anny to reflect on communism. Gently edited, this documentary shifts in time between Anny slowly growing older and her daily life that is often challenging, filled with concerns about her grandchildren and her failing health. An insightful portrait of a person who, with courage and determination, carries on despite life’s surprises.

 

SCREENING WITH SCARS Alex Anna | 2020 | Canada / France | 10 min | French with English subtitles

Alex Anna’s body is a canvas: her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Q&A Watch a pre-recorded Q&A with Director Helena Třeštíková and learn about her experience documenting the life of Anny over 16+ years. The discussion will be moderated by Jenny Duffy, a representative from Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.

 

Keywords: Aging | Class | Gender | Sex work | Trauma
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KÍMMAPIIYIPITSSINI: THE MEANING OF EMPATHY

KÍMMAPIIYIPITSSINI: THE MEANING OF EMPATHY

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers / 2021 / English / Canada / 124 mins

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy chronicles the impact of the opioid crisis on Indigenous community. Tailfeathers focuses on Alberta’s Kainai First Nation, where her mother, Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, works tirelessly to support and educate families affected by the overdose epidemic. The film presents viewers with a series of first-hand accounts from local first responders, healthcare professionals, and people with substance-use disorder.

Kímmapiiyipitssini is a Blackfoot word for empathy and kindness. The Meaning of Empathy explains why embracing this practice is critical to combating addictions. Criminalizing drug use does not address the root problem; a legacy of colonialism and intergenerational trauma inflicted by racist government policies. The film reveals the merits of this new approach, even as it faces resistance from conservative policymakers. Tailfeathers has crafted one of the year’s most powerful films, chronicling the Kainai First Nation’s struggles, while honouring their strength and resilience.

 

SCREENING WITH JOE BUFFALO
Amar Chebib| 2020 | Canada | English | 16 min
Joe Buffalo is a prolific Indigenous skateboarder. He’s also a survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: DISCUSSING EMPATHY

Join us at 8:30 pm ET for a live Zoom panel discussion featuring Dr. Tailfeathers and Lori Eagle Plume, who will discuss the idea of empathy being a powerful tool for combatting addiction; conversation moderated by Alexandra Lazarowich.

Alexandra Lazarowich is an award-winning Cree filmmaker from northern Alberta. Her short film Fast Horse was honoured with The Special Jury Prize for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Her body of work as director and producer includes LAKE, Indian Rights for Indian Women, Cree Code Talker and Empty Metal. She is the series producer for the CBC’s multi-award-winning comedy documentary series Still Standing and is one of the co-founders of COUSIN Collective.

 

Keywords: Addiction | Displacement | Harm reduction | Healthcare | Indigenous rights | Trauma
OPENING NIGHT
Thursday October 28th
5pm (in-person) 
*$25 ticket includes RECEPTION, FILM , PANEL DISCUSSION AND AMPLIFY PERFORMANCE
IN-PERSON SCREENING and panel discussion + AMPLIFY
October 28
VIRTUAL SCREENING and panel discussion
October 28 – November 7
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"Opening Film."

FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS

FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS

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Oct 29 – Nov 7 available across Canada

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Ajitpal Singh / 2020 / Hindi with English Subtitles / India / 86 mins

Worlds collide in Ajitpal Singh’s bold family drama, Fire in the Mountains.

Vinamrata Rai stars as Chandra, a hard-working wife, mother, and businesswoman, keeping it all together for the sake of her family. In another time and place, Chandra could be the CEO of a thriving company, but her business savvy means little in rural North India, where she must accommodate the conservative patriarchy. Chandra upends the status quo when she fights to build a new road to accommodate her wheelchair-bound son Prakash (Mayank Singh).

Fire in the Mountains is a captivating character study detailing what happens when modern-day values crash up against traditional beliefs. The film examines religion, gender inequity, and industrialization to paint a vivid portrait of a village on the precipice of social upheaval. Singh’s affecting debut film is also a feast for the eyes, featuring immersive production design set against breathtaking Himalayan backdrops.

SCREENING WITH: TERROR FERVOR
Phoebe Parsons / Canada / English / 6 mins
Seven monsters embody reflections of malaise and violence in a world of psychedelic terror.

 

Keywords: Gender inequality | Labour | Motherhood | Sexism | Trauma
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Sanghum Film
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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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JOIN THE CONVERSATION:
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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JOIN THE CONVERSATION:
FILMMAKERS Q&A
Join the filmmakers for an in-person and virtual Q&A ; moderated by filmmaker James Buffin

DASHTE KHAMOUSH / شوماخ تشدشد (THE WASTELAND)

DASHTE KHAMOUSH / شوماخ تشدشد (THE WASTELAND)

Ahmad Bahrami / 2020 / Farsi with English subtitles / Iran / 103 min / Toronto Premiere

دشت خاموش
كارگردان: احمد بهرامي
ايران – ٢٠٢٠
نمايش حضوري ، براي اولين بار در تورنتو – ١٠٣ دقيقه
زيرنويس انگليسي
يكشنبه، ٧ نوامبر ، ساعت ٦ تا ٩ شب
پاسخ و پرسش پس از مشاهده فيلم

در يك كوره (كارخانه) آجرپزي دورافتاده، آجرها بصورت بسيار ابتدايی و سنتى تهيه ميشوند. خانواده هاى متعددى از اقليت هاي مختلف قومي
در اين كارخانه مشغول به کار هستند. به نظر ميرسد كه صاحب كارخانه گشاينده مشکالت اعضاى اين خانواده ها نيز ميباشد. لطف هللا چهل ساله،
كه در همين محوطه بدنيا آمده مسئوليت كارخانه را بعهده دارد و رابط بين كارگران و صاحب كارخانه نيز هست. همزمان با قطعي شدن تعطيل
كارخانه روابط بين لطف هللا، كارگران و صاحب كار نيز روز به روز پيچيده تر ميشود . او دائما مجبور است كه باالنسى بين نيازهاى شخصى
خود، ساير كارگران و احساسات عاشقانه موجود در ميان آنها بوجود آورد. اين دومين فيلم احمد بهرامى ، با ويژگيهاى فيلمبرداری سياه و سفيد
نگاهى موشكافانه به جزئيات زندگي حاشيه نشينان جامعه ايران دارد که در چرخه ای از تکرار کار بيهوده در کارخانه به تصوير کشيده ميشوند.
“پدر من كارگر يك كارخانه صنعتى بود كه پس از سى سال كار بسيار سخت باز نشسته شد. به پدرم افتخار ميكنم و پس از آنكه حرفه فيلمسازي
را آموختم هميشه ميخواستم كه فيلمى در مورد او و زحمات شرافتمندانه اش تهيه كنم. فيلم دشت خاموش قدرداني از پدرم و همه كارگران زحمتكش
در دنياست كه بدون زحمات إنها پيشرفت تمدن جهاني تا به اين ميزان ميسر نمى شد.” (احمد بهرامى.)
پذيرايي و برنامه پيش از اكران توسط سازمان I2CRC تهيه شده است.
بليط: ٢٠ دالر (شامل غذا، برنامه هنري، بازديد از نمايشگاه، فيلم و گفتگو با پنل متخصصين)
تماس براى تهيه بليط و كسب ساير اطالعات:
416-388-9314 Info@i2crc.org
به گفتگو بپيونديد- پنل متخصصين
پس از اكران فيلم دشت خاموش كه به چندگانگي ارتباطات بين حرفه، طبقه اجتماعي و سالمت مي پردازد، I2CRC از شما دعوت ميكند كه به
بررسي فيلم ، گفتگو و پرسش و پاسخ توسط متخصصين بپيونديد .
اين بخش به زبانهاي فارسي، انگليسي، ASL و زيرنويس ارائه ميشود.

كارگردان∫†احمد†بهرامي

ايران†≠†٢٠٢٠

نمايش†حضوري†،†براي†اولين†بار†در†تورنتو†≠†١٠٣†دقيقه

زيرنويس†انگليسي

يكشنبه،†٧†نوامبر†،†ساعت†٦†تا†٩†شب

پاسخ†و†پرسش†پس†از†مشاهده†فيلم

A remote brick manufacturing factory produces bricks in an ancient way. Many families with different
ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Forty-
year-old Lotfollah, who was born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as middleman for the
workers and the boss which is increasingly complicated once the factory is confirmed to close. Lotfollah must balance his personal needs with those of his coworkers and romantic interests. Ahmad Bahrami’s second film, shot with resonant black & white photography is an incisive look at life on the outskirts of Iranian society hidden within a creative piece of storytelling that mimics the tediousness of factory work.

“My father was a worker in an industrial factory and he retired after thirty years of hard work. I am proud
of him and since I learned filmmaking, I have always wanted to make a film about him and his honorable
efforts. My film Dashte Khamoush is a tribute to my father and all hardworking workers around the globe; without their efforts human civilization would not have achieved this level of progress.”
– Ahmad Bahrami

 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: PANEL DISCUSSION
Following the screening of Dashte Khamoush / The Wasteland, join Intercultural Iranian Canadian
Resource Centre for a panel discussion about the film and the intersections of labour, class and
health. Translated between Farsi and English with ASL interpretation and captioning available.

 

Keywords: Anxiety | Class | Freedom | Labour

IN PERSON SCREENING
Sun, Nov 7, 7 PM

WATCH ONLINE
Sun, Nov 7, 6-8 PM ET
available in Ontario only

PRE-FILM RECEPTION
Hosted by Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre.
To reserve your
$20 tickets (includes food, art, socializing & film) please contact I2CRC at 416-388-9314 or info@i2crc.org

IN PERSON + VIRTUAL
PANEL DISCUSSION
Sun, Nov 7, 8 PM ET

ACCESSIBILITY

Open Captions and ASL

CO-PRESENTER
Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre