WORKMAN ARTS ANNOUNCES 22nd ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FILM FESTIVAL TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX: NOVEMBER 10 – 15, 2014

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WORKMAN ARTS ANNOUNCES
22nd ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FILM FESTIVAL
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX: NOVEMBER 10 – 15,2014
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The first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness (RWM),presented by Workman Arts (WA), returns to the TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 10 – 15 for its 22nd edition. The six-day festival showcases over 20 programs of feature and short films, Snoozeland – a multi-media installation and a closing day symposium with a spotlight on mental health and substance use in sports.  
 
Tickets are available by telephone between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 416-599-TIFF (8433) or toll free at 1-888-599-8433, online at www.rendezvouswithmadness.com, or in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
·      Festival Pass (tickets to all screenings): $70
·      Opening Night Gala (Preshow Reception and Rocks in My Pockets): $30
·      Opening Night Screening Only (Rocks in My Pockets): $15
·      Saturday Symposium: Mental Health In Sports: $20
·      Regular Programs: $12 (a limited number of Pay-What-You-Can Tickets also available at the door for people on fixed incomes)
 
MONDAY,NOV 10
5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m. Opening Night Gala Reception
7 p.m. Opening Night Gala: Rocks in My Pockets/Toronto Premiere
*the screening will be followed by an intimate conversation between author (A Life In Psychiatry: Looking out, Looking in) and former CEO and President of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Dr. Paul Garfinkel and Signe Baumane (Writer/Director/Animator)

 

TUESDAY, NOV 11
6:30 p.m. Gabriel/Canadian Premiere, Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival
*in attendance, Lou Howe (Director)
9:15 p.m. She’s Lost Control/ Toronto Premiere, Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival
*in attendance, Anja Marquartdt (Director)

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV 12
6:30 p.m. Post Partum/ North American Premiere, Official Selection: Brussels Film Festival
9:30 p.m. Blood Ties/ North American Premiere, Official Selection: CPH: DOX

 

THURSDAY, NOV 13
6:30 p.m. Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)/ Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA
9:30 p.m. Short Film Program: Short Bursts of Madness
Be moved by this inspiring program of short films, exploring personal issues and stories of mental illness and addiction.
 
Mother is God (Mamma är Gud), Maria Bäck/ Canadian Premiere
Luk’Luk’l: Mother, Wayne Wapeemukwa
Manic, Brooks Hunter/ World Premiere
The Auroratone Project: New Frontiers in Psychiatric Cinema, Various Artists•/ Toronto Premiere
        • Various Artists, Canada, 2012, 45 min, Toronto Premiere
         ‘Auroratones’ were abstract musical films invented by Cecil Stokes, which were used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing    post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance. As part of POP Montreal’s 2012 edition, Film POP curator Kier-La Janisse and Walter Forsberg   
        commissioned The Auroratone Project – a series of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of Grizzly Bear, Grimes, Peaches, The           Sadies, Tim Hecker and more. Filmmakers Leslie Supnet, Emily Pelstring, Jon Rafman, Alex MacKenzie, Walter Forsberg,  Leslie Bell,  Jaimz Asmundson, Cheryl     
        Hann, Tamara Scherbak,Heather Rappard and Sabrina Ratte we reapproached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes’ Auroratones.
* filmmakers tbc in attendance

 

FRIDAY, NOV 14
6:30 p.m. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sports Symposium
No No: A Dockumentary, Jeffrey Radice/ Canadian Premiere, Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival
*in attendance, Mike Blizzard (Producer), Don Fehr (executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association)
9:30 p.m. Art of Darkness, David Parker/ Canadian Premiere, Official Selection: Raindance Film Festival
*in attendance, David Parker (Director), Bryan Lewis Saunders (artist)
 
SATURDAY, NOV 15
10 a.m. Rocks in My Pockets/repeat screening
1:30 p.m. – Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sports Symposium:
Live Podcast Recording: The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Special Guest Clint Malarchuk.  ESPN’s 30 for 30 film about Malarchuk, Cutthroat will be screened as well, and a book signing will take place after the event for Clint Malarchuk and Dan Robson’s new book, The Crazy Game.
*in attendance, Paul Gilmartin (Moderator), Clint Malarchuk (former-NHL goaltender), Dan Robson (Author of the Crazy Game)
4:15 p.m. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sports Symposium:
Tapia, Eddie Alcazar/ Canadian Premiere, Official Selection: LA Film Fest
7:30 p.m. Closing Night Film:
Stray Dog, Debra Granik/ Toronto Premiere, Official Selection: LA Film Festival, RIDM
 
ART INSTALLATION: NOVEMBER
Snoozeland
Marc Ngui, Magda Wojtyra, Claro Cosco, Sean Patenaude, Jace Traz
New this year is a multi-media installation at the Workman Arts “Pop-Up” Gallery, located on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen Street West (at Gordon Bell Road). The exhibition will be on view for the month of November and an animation component will be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox prior to screenings.
 
Snoozeland is a collaborative installation that combines video, animation, found footage, drawing, audio and sculptural elements. Viewable from Queen Street and the CAMH grounds, this outdoor lightbox bursts with phantasmagoric whimsy. It is a peephole into the constructive processes of a dreaming mind. The central video projection displays the product of the fantastical internal workings of the sleeping entity. Meanwhile an assortment of ceramic and plush creatures staff the aging machinery that keeps the hallucinations going.
 
Inspired in part by the therapeutic device of the Snoezelen room – a therapeutic environment that soothes participants through calming stimulation – Snoozeland offers a bright oasis on the grounds of a hospital and a respite from the approaching winter. 
 
14th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION: RUNNING UNTIL OCTOBER 30
  Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily and admission is free
 
 
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