2014

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.

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.

ShesLostControl

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Short Film Program

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

A powerful program of short films from around the world.

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.

artofdarkness

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.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2014

rocksinmypockets

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.

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 documentary 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”.

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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.

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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.

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.