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

Architecture after the Asylum

17 JANUARY - 22 FEBRUARY 2020

EXHIBITIONMEDIA ARTVISUAL ART

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

Architecture after the Asylum

17 JANUARY - 22 FEBRUARY 2020

EXHIBITIONMEDIA ARTVISUAL ART

Cracked Up – Mental Health Film Series

29 JANUARY 2020

FILMPANEL/Q&A

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

Cracked Up – Mental Health Film Series

29 JANUARY 2020

FILMPANEL/Q&A

Architecture after the Asylum

17 JANUARY - 22 FEBRUARY 2020

EXHIBITIONMEDIA ARTVISUAL ART

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

Kabul, City in the Wind

Kabul, City in the Wind

  • Friday, October 18, 8:30 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W, Jackman Hall
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, Open Captions

Aboozar Amini / 2018 / Dari and Pashto with English Subtitles / Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany / 88 min

In this subtle and beautiful documentary portrait, first time feature film director Aboozar Amini captures the everyday lives of 12-year old Afshin and his younger brother Benjamin alongside bus driver Abas. The three subjects of this subtle portrait of Kabul take us on a journey of their daily lives where war is omnipresent. Amini’s gentle camerawork gives us time to witness the intricacies of life in Kabul where dust appears as a main “character” in the film. Kabul, City in the Wind unfolds via intimate direct interviews with the subjects and observations of daily routines: in between the markets and helicopters buzzing, Abas’s bus keeps breaking down and Afshin becomes head of the household when their father, a former soldier, unexpectedly has to go to Iran. Kabul, a city that is mostly known for war and death, is presented lovingly as home for those who strive for a better tomorrow.

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Trauma & Addiction in Kabul

Kabul, City in the Wind is an intimate and heartbreaking look at families affected by war and trauma in Kabul. We will take time after the film to process and discuss our impressions and responses with guests and experts who have lived experience and who work within a trauma informed lens.

PANELISTS

Erum
Khan
Moderator
Aisha
Jamal
Panelist
Ahmad
Hematyar
President of Canadian Newcomer & Immigration Association
CO-PRESENTERS

Foxy

Foxy

  • Friday, October 11, 8:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W, Jackman Hall
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

Trista Suke and Ellis Poleyko / 2018 / Canada / 60 mins / Toronto Premiere

Hair is just keratin protein and dead skin cells. Yet beauty standards today and historically have made hair and its appearance a signifier of status. When you are dissatisfied with the state of your hair, each hair care advertisement is a microaggression advocating anything but otherness.

Foxy is a spunky film that debunks the social stigma surrounding alopecia universalis by interweaving a scripted memoir of director Trista Suke’s personal story with direct-to-camera interviews highlighting people from the community who are also living with hair loss. In flirty fashion, the fictional character Penny Todd tracks a journey of ultimate self acceptance and what it’s like to live as a beautifully bald woman.

Screening with

Consent Is… The Freedom to Choose
Lucy Drumonde | 2019 | Canada | 1 min | Canadian Premiere

In public or private the ethics of informed consent acknowledges the human right to choose.

Isolation by Ann Bekooy
Ann Bekooy | 2019 | Canada | 8 mins | Toronto Premiere

Through a dreamscape of surreal images, artist Ann Bekooy poetically narrates the universal but somehow alienating condition of existence.

Animating Artists’ Health (Shorts Program)
Canada | 19 mins

Animating Artists’ Health features short animations exploring artists’ health and wellbeing. This program is a product of Artist Health Alliance’s Creating Artists’ Health initiative. Featuring shorts by M.C Cruz, Shelton Deverell, Nikole Hidalgo McGregor, Ess Joelle Okemow, Raoul Olou, David Rendall, and Tommy Truong.

Animating Artists’ Health is co-presented with Toronto Animation Society, OCAD Art & Social Change, and OCAD Health and Wellness Centre

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Sharing your story through film

We will be welcoming the range of filmmakers who are showing work as part of this screening to celebrate and reflect on the power of sharing their stories through film. What is it about the medium of film that has called each of these artists to create these works and how has it empowered them to reveal their vulnerable depths to themselves, audiences and each other?

PANELISTS

Rick
Miller
Moderator
Trista
Suke
Foxy Director
Ann
Bekooy
Isolation director
Lucy
Drumonde
Consent Is… The Freedom to Choose director
David
Rendell
AHA short director
Ess
Okemow
AHA short director
M.C.
Cruz
AHA short director
Nikole
Hidalgo McGregor
AHA short director
Raoul
Olou
AHA short director
Shelton
Deverell
AHA short director
Tommy
Truong
AHA short director
Ess Joelle
Okemow
AHA filmmaker
CO-PRESENTERS
Breakthrough Film Festival logo
Insomniac Film Festival logo

ALSO OF INTEREST

Retrospekt (Retrospect)

19 OCTOBER 2019

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17 OCTOBER 2019

Tale of the Sea

Tale of the Sea

  • Sunday, October 20, 6:00 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.

Bahman Farmanara / 2018 / Farsi with English Subtitles / Iran / 97 min

GENRE: FICTION

This delicate and quiet film, part family drama part homage to older Iranian artists, comes from veteran director Bahman Farmanara. Taher Mohebi, a well-known writer, breaks down after witnessing a violent murder and spends three years in a mental institution. After his release Taher is told that things are just as they were before, but his relentless hallucinations make him want to return to the institution. This film is dedicated to Abbas Kiarostami and affectionately displays the late master’s understanding of complex human relationships.

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Mental Health and Film in Iranian Canadian Communities

For over a decade, the Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre (I2CRC) and Rendezvous with Madness have collaborated to present Iranian films that explore mental health and addiction issues as well as host post-show discussions and beautiful pre-show receptions. This year is no exception as we close the festival with Iranian food, conversation, and of course, films!

PANELISTS

Afie
Mardukhi
Moderator
Ali
Saeedi
Filmmaker
Aref
Mohammadi
Filmmaker
Kamran
Bordbar
Psychiatrist
CO-PRESENTER

ALSO OF INTEREST

In This House

11, 12, 15, 17, 20 OCTOBER 2019

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  • Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, Open Captions

Yolande Zauberman / 2018 / Yiddish, Hebrew, English with English Subtitles / France / 115 min / Ontario Premiere

Menahem Lang is an Israeli actor with a tragic past. He was raped as a child by several older men from his own community. Lang grew up in the Haredi sect, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community known for its theological conservatism. After confronting one of his abusers, Lang left his hometown of Bnei Brak and hasn’t been back until now. In M, Lang returns to face his community, his trauma and to seek justice. But more than anything, Lang ends up finding other survivors. Shooting her film entirely at night, director Yolande Zauberman follows Lang as he runs into multiple strangers on the streets of his old neighborhood where they all confess the same thing – they were also sexually abused as children by older men in the community. Through many candid interviews in M we learn that child molestation is rampant in their community, turning the abused into abusers in a vicious circle of sexual violence.

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Extended Panel: Childhood Sexual Abuse & Recovery 

Join us for an extended discussion following the screening of the documentary M, as we are joined by specialists who work in trauma informed care, childhood sexual abuse and sexuality studies. We will sensitively discuss the realities and impacts of (early) sexual abuse, the complexities of finding treatment and the journey of recovery in the context of observant communities as well as in more secular contexts.

PANELISTS

Scott
Miller Berry
Moderator
James
Cantor
Psychologist and sex researcher
Naomi
Levine
Social Worker at Jewish Family & Child
CO-PRESENTER

Junha's Planet

Junha's Planet

  • Friday, October 18, 6:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Relaxed Performance

Hyung-sook Hong / 2018 / Korean with English Subtitles / South Korea / 108 min / Canadian Premiere

Junha is a 4th grader who doesn’t make friends easily. Afraid he will attack or spit on them, his classmates keep their distance. Junha’s teachers spend most of their time with Junha trying to discipline him or simply understand why he behaves the way he does. But Junha lives on the Autism spectrum: he has little to no control over his impulses. Concerned parents of Junha’s peers question whether he should be educated in the same environment as their kids. While the school advocates for Autism awareness and encourages children to support Junha, many lose their patience. Including Junha. Junha’s Planet is a quiet and powerful observational documentary that addresses some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of disability and education.

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Autism in Ontario 

After experiencing Junha’s Planet and the realities of autism education in South Korea, join a panel of educators, parents and advocates to discuss the current state of autism spectrum disorder support in Ontario. How can we support those living on the spectrum as well as the families and educators here at home?

PANELISTS

Kat
Singer
Moderator
Esther
Rhee
National Program Director of Autism Speaks Canada
Azed
Majeed
Parent & Autism Activist
Jen
Hieminga
New Haven Autism representative
CO-PRESENTERS

ALSO OF INTEREST

In Search...

In Search...

  • Saturday, October 12, 6:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, Open Captions

Beryl Magoko / 2018 / German and Swahili with English Subtitles / Germany, Kenya / 90 min / Toronto Premiere

Director Beryl Magoko underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a child. Unlike many of her peers, she wasn’t forced into it. Feeling pressured by societal expectations, Beryl went through FGM behind her mother’s back. Nobody told her about the pain, guilt and trauma that would follow her into adulthood. Years later, Beryl learns that her FGM can be reversed with the help of reconstructive surgery. But after everything she has been through, she’s hesitant to make a decision. “Will I be making another terrible mistake?” In her documentary account, Beryl is searching for an answer. She asks other women who survived FGM about their experiences and thoughts on reconstructive surgery. By frontlining these stories, Beryl processes her trauma and exposes the extreme misogynist ideologies behind FGM.

 

Screening with

This River
Erika MacPherson, Katherena Vermette | 2016 | Canada | 19 min

Kyle Kematch and award-winning writer Katherena Vermette offer an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for loved ones who have disappeared. Born out of the need to do something, their stories ignite a relationship between resilience and activism.

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Q&A with Beryl Magoko

Following the screening of In Search…, join the filmmaker (who is also the subject of the documentary) Beryl Magoko as she discusses working on the film which recounts her journey with reconstructive surgery after surviving Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a child.

PANELISTS

Danielle
Jacobson
Moderator
Beryl
Magoko
Filmmaker
CO-PRESENTER

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