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Rendezvous with Madness 2015
November 6-14, 2015


2015 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival Catalogue

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015

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Opening Night: Swift Current
7:45 PM – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare. MORE…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015

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Transfixed: TV & Addiction (Symposium)
9:30 – 4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

This multi-media and collaborative installation is an artistic interpretation of how our brain works, survives and suffers through addiction reframes the excess of substance abuse seen on TV. MORE…

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A Minor Leap Down
7:00 PM – Workman Theatre

A film of keen observation and enormous empathy, director-screenwriter Hamed Rajabi’s feature debut is at once rooted very specifically in an upper middle-class Iranian urban milieu and the more universal context of living in a world that just doesn’t get it. MORE…

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015

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Swift Current
11:00 AM – Workman Theatre

When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare. MORE…

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Teenland (Shorts Program)
1:30 PM – Workman Theatre

Adolescence and madness. Adolescence as madness. Adolescence against madness. A diverse and captivating dramatic shorts program showcasing the spectrum of ways teenagers around the world struggle with identity, reality, recovery and looming adulthood. MORE…

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Madness in Motion: The Dance of Disorder (Shorts Program)
4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

Sometimes, the best way to express what’s trapped in the mind is by releasing the body. Here are four films that put madness in motion. Through movement, the soul speaks. MORE…

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Breaking the Chains
6:00 PM – Workman Theatre

In Indonesia, a small team of mental health workers are attempting the impossible: to find and rescue the possible hundreds of people living chained in cages, an illegal but traditional practice for dealing with mental illness called ‘pasung’. Short screening Heart of Dust before feature. MORE…

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Juanicas
8:00 PM – Workman Theatre

The real-life drama that unfolds turns out to be a singularly heartbreaking and riveting account of living with bipolar disorder as a family disease. Short screening Scrapbook before feature. MORE…

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015

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Workman Artists on Film (Shorts Program)
6:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

For nearly thirty years, Rendezvous’s umbrella organization Workman Arts has provided artists living with mental illness and addiction issues the opportunity to share their visions through art. Some have turned to film. We are proud to present this program of our members’ work. MORE…

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Paul Sharits
8:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Paul Sharits is a vital and fascinating contribution to the growing public understanding of the intricate and symbiotic relationship between art and the troubled mind. Shorts screening Mer Depre and Echoes before feature. MORE…

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

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An Autobiography of Michelle Maren
6:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

When the filmmaker Michel Negroponte (Jupiter’s Wife) received an e-mail from a woman who thought she might be a promising subject for a documentary, a process of collaboration began that would result in one of the most revealing self-portraits of living with mental illness ever made. MORE…

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Eight
9:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Sarah suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Peter Blackburn’s extraordinary Eight – a remarkable expression of both filmmaking style and humane empathy. Short screening Daydreams of Wilderness before feature. MORE…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015

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Hedi Schneider is Stuck
6:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Directed with an impressive flair for balancing frankness with humor and warmth, Sonja Heiss’s Hedi Schneider is Stuck is a quirky thing in its own right: a very funny movie about depression. MORE…

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Decor
8:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

In this beguiling, seductive and sumptuously beautiful movie, the celebrated Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla probes the profoundly alienating experience of mental illness by way of a singularly apt metaphor: the making of movies and the blurring of the boundaries between the cinematic frame and so-called ‘real life’. MORE…

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015

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Daniel’s World
6:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

As challenging, illuminating and controversial a film as you’ll see anywhere this year, Veronika Lišková’s Daniel’s World is a portrait of a young man living with one of the most stigmatized forms of mental illness there is: Daniel suffers from pedophilia. MORE…

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015

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My Skinny Sister
7:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Amy has a serious eating disorder and when she holds her younger sister to secrecy, the pattern of deceit, denial and helplessness that the family experiences will be all too familiar to anyone who has lived through it. Short screening Happy with Bear before feature. MORE…

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Homesick
9:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Homesick is a pitch-black horror comedy about not knowing whose mind is being lost: yours or the world you live in. MORE…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015

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Of Men and War
1:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

With an intimacy and empathy that indicates just how much time filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard has spent gaining his subjects’ trust, Of Men and War chronicles the painful process by which the past is confronted and released in the present. MORE…

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The Mighty Angel
4:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Based on Jerzy Pilch’s celebrated novel, the movie tells the story of Jerzy (an all-too-convincingly debauched Robert Wiekiewicz) a writer, wit, celebrity, ladies’ man and raconteur with a drinking problem. MORE…

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A Light Beneath Their Feet
8:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

In so carefully exploring the complexities of the family dynamic, and in its profound sensitivity to the collateral impact of mental illness, A Light Beneath Their Feet is a movie that delivers a critical message in the most direct dramatic and emotional terms. MORE…

Art Installation

RWM-Art-Installation-2015 Returning this year, Nov 6 – Dec 6, is a multi-media and collaborative installation, which responds to the 2015 festival symposium theme of ‘Transfixed: Addiction and TV’. A video/animation component will be displayed on digital screens and presented from November 6 – 14 at the opening night Gala, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and at TIFF Bell Lightbox prior to the film screenings. MORE…

Rendezvous with Madness 2014
November 10-15, 2014

2014 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival Catalogue

MONDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2014

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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS – 7:00PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Rocks in My Pockets is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving Signe Baumane and the women of her Latvian family’s battles with madness. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. Packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and Baumane’s twisted sense of humour, it is an animated tale full of art, strange daring stories, history, adventure and more. MORE INFO…

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2014

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GABRIEL – 6:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

A troubled young man, is convinced that reuniting with his first love will bring him the stability and happiness he craves. Against his family’s better judgment, he sets out to find her, but as the obstacles mount on his search, his grip on reality begins to slip and his behavior becomes more erratic. In the end, he risks everything in an increasingly obsessive and desperate pursuit. MORE INFO…

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SHE’S LOST CONTROL – 9:15PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Fiercely independent, Ronah works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most – to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new client, Johnny, blurring the thin line between professional and personal intimacy in the modern world. MORE INFO…

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2014

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POST PARTUM – 6:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Luce and Ulysse love each other and are expecting their first child. But when baby Rose arrives, nothing goes as planned. Luce begins to experience symptoms of postpartum depression, which puts a severe strain on their new family. MORE INFO…

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BLOOD TIES – 9:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Svend has 16 children. He is divorcing the mother of his four youngest children, Gitte. The break-up gives rise to endless questions – especially for their youngest daughter, Christina, who finds out that her family is suffering from collective amnesia about her childhood. MORE INFO…

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2014

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DON’T LEAVE ME – 6:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

A one-of-a-kind documentary which follows with surprising humility and hilarity, the downward spiral of two Belgian farmers’ mid-life crises. Left by his wife for another man, Marcel falls into a deep depression and alcoholism with only his friend Bob, also an alcoholic, to look after him.

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 Short Film Program

SHORT PROGRAM: SHORT BURSTS OF MADNESS – 9:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

A powerful program of short films from around the world. MORE INFO…

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2014

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NO NO: A DOCUMENTARY – 6:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

This documentary about former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Dock Ellis (perhaps best known for having pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD) tells the story of his fearless contributions to the civil rights of black athletes (on and off the field), and his triumph over amphetamine addiction to become an addictions counsellor later in life. Featuring original music by Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, No No kicks off our symposium on mental health, substance use and sports. MORE INFO…

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ART OF DARKNESS – 9:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

In 1995, artist and performer Bryan Lewis Saunders completed a self-portrait, and has continued to do so for every day since, resulting in an astonishing collection of over 10,000 self-portraits to date. In 2001, he spent 11 days drawing portraits under the influence of nearly every known perception-altering narcotic. He shows no signs of slowing down, speculating that only a coma would prevent him from painting his daily portrait. MORE INFO…

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2014

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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS – 10:00AM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Rocks in My Pockets is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving Signe Baumane and the women of her Latvian family’s battles with madness. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. Packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and Baumane’s twisted sense of humour, it is an animated tale full of art, strange daring stories, history, adventure and more. MORE INFO…

 

CLINT MALARCHUK ON THE MENTAL ILLNESS HAPPY HOUR WITH PAUL GILMARTIN – 1:30PM
(SESSION ONE OF MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE AND SPORTS SYMPOSIUM)
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

The Mental Illness Happy Hour makes its return to RWM, as host Paul Gilmartin sits down with former-NHL goaltender, Clint Malarchuk to discuss his how mental illness has affected his life, both before and after he suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of professional sports. ESPN’s 30 for 30 powerful short documenntary about Malarchuk, Cutthroat, will be screened and a book signing will take place after the event for Clint Malarchuk and Dan Robson’s new book, “The Crazy Game”MORE INFO…

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TAPIA – 4:15PM
(SESSION TWO OF MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE AND SPORTS SYMPOSIUM)
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

From executive producer, 50 Cent, Tapia takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the 5-time world champion boxer. Through Johnny’s last interviews, he candidly reveals the inevitable pitfalls of addiction to the ultimate highs of victory. MORE INFO…

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CLOSING FILM: STRAY DOG – 7:30PM
TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Academy Award nominated director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik, tells the story of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, who after seven years of living with four small dogs as his only companions, is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico.  Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans.  As a Vietnam War vet, he wrestles with the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness. MORE INFO…

Art Installation

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SNOOZELAND – Nov 1 – 30, 2014
(GROUP INSTALLATION, POP-UP GALLERY)
1001 Queen St. West

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. MORE INFO…

 

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November 9-17, 2012

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November 4-12, 2011

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November 5-13, 2010

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