TORONTO — On November 4-12, 2011, the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (RWMFF) will once again explore the facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction. The festival will showcase feature and short films, multi-media installations, live performances, and visual arts exhibitions.
The festival will open at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto) and continue at Workman Hall (651 Dufferin Street, Toronto). Film and video programs are followed by post-screening panel discussions.
Below is the list of confirmed events for this year’s programming.
- Monday, November 7 (7 p.m.) – Workman Hall
“People in White” (Netherlands, 2011) – In this intimate and honest documentary, directors Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleine explore the complex relationships between doctors and clients in mental health care, from the clients’ perspective.
- Wednesday, November 9 (8 p.m.) – Workman Hall
Big Daddy Tazz (Comedy) – Tazz spent years struggling with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, which left him determined to entertain and inspire. He holds the world record for longest continuous stand-up routine and has appeared at the Just for Laughs Festival, the Moncton Comedy Festival and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
The show will be hosted by Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin and followed by a conversation with Big Daddy Tazz and Dr. David Goldbloom, senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- Thursday, November 10 (6:30 p.m.) – TIFF Bell Lightbox
“Intervention Canada” (Canada, 2011, 44 minutes per episode) – Based on A&E’s Emmy Award winning “Intervention,” the episodes screened will feature a young man addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine whose poisonous relationship with his mother sends him spiralling out of control, and a lesbian couple on the brink of collapse, addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs and each other.
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Kastner will moderate the post-screening discussion with Intervention Canada Series Producer Karen Wookey, Interventionist Andrew Galloway, CAMH Bioethicist Barbara Russell and a subject from one of the featured episodes.
- Closing Night Gala Saturday, November 12 (8 p.m.) – Workman Hall
“The Lens of Illusion” with Dr. Bruce Ballon – The realm of magic, mentalism and mystery challenges the way we perceive and understand reality.
For more information on the 19th Annual RWMFF, visit www.rendezvouswithmadness.com.
The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is presented and produced by Workman Arts, an organization that supports artists with mental illness and addiction issues who use art to promote a greater understanding of mental illness and addiction.
Cendrine Marrouat may be contacted for potential interviews, reviews and general enquiries at [email protected]