Rendezvous with Madness 2016

November 4-12

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Passholders: Your seat is only guaranteed until 10 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early. Thank you!


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

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Opening Night: The Other Half
7:00 PM – Revue Cinema

An unflinching but moving account of people trying to breach their own issues to reach each other, The Other Half is a made-in-Toronto romantic drama learning how to carry each other’s baggage.Watch Trailer

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016

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11:00 AM – Workman Theatre

When her teenage daughter pleads extreme peer group consequences if she isn’t granted her wish for a smartphone, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston decides to investigate just how this technology has come to dominate the lives of so many millions of people across the planet, and what the impact of so much unlimited and instant access to infinite distraction has had on our relationship.Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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SHADOWED: INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS ON TRAUMA (Shorts Program)
1:30 PM – Workman Theatre

In this very special program of contemporary short films from around the world, people are caught in the present but living with the past, an all-too-common condition of contemporary life, not to mention a burden on ‘sanity’. MORE INFO

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SICK
4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

This is Ana’s story, told in an intimate and powerful documentary that will resonate with anyone who has been made to feel somehow defective for their sexual identity or pushed to the limits of sanity in the name of being ‘normal’. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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Krisha
7:00 PM – Workman Theatre

For the recovering addict or alcoholic, little can test the resolve for recovery quite like family. Returning to the bosom of her Texas kin for a Thanksgiving gathering, Krisha (Krisha Fairchild) finds herself smack up against the demons that had kept her away for a decade, and they appear to have been as dedicated to building up their strength as much as Krisha, now middle-aged and estranged from her only son, has been fortifying hers.Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2016

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LE DIVIAN Du MONDE (The World on a Couch)
12:00 PM – Workman Theatre

As a documentary portrait of both an unorthodox psychiatric practice and an unusual man, Swen de Pauw’s Le Divan du Monde (World on a Couch) is a verité-styled revelation. No one who has ever experienced treatment or practiced it will fail to be spellbound. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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Workman Arts: Short Film Program
3:00 PM – Workman Theatre

A very special program of new works by the membership of the Rendezvous With Madness’s parent organization Workman Arts. WA is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction. MORE INFO

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Liberation: The User’s Guide
5:30 PM – Workman Theatre

In a neuropsychiatric institution in Siberia, young women sit and wait for the day their lives will begin. According to state law, these women, diagnosed with various disabilities and disorders, have been moved into the facility directly from orphanages, and they may only live fully as citizens once the formidably cumbersome machinery of bureaucracy has declared them sane and worthy of the most basic individual rights. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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A VERY ORDINARY CITIZEN
7:30 PM – Workman Theatre

It is autumn in Tehran. Mr. Safari is in his 80s, and his daily routine involves purchasing a fresh loaf of sangak break and delivering it to a home where the gift seems conspicuously unwelcome. What is Mr. Safari up to? Why does he not answer his phone when his son calls or is he displaying a conveniently selective form of dementia? Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016

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My Name is Emily
6:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

Raised by foster parents and terminally at odds with the world around her, sixteen year old Emily (Harry Potter movie alumnus Evanna Lynch) decides to dig to the root of her eccentricity by crashing the psychiatric institution where her writer-father (Michael Smiley) has been living most of her life. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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Land of Not Knowing
8:30 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

In this bold new experimental documentary, four artists talk about suicide: the role the recurring thought has played in their life and art, the struggle to understand and overcome the impulse, and the ongoing confrontation with a form of stigma that renders the very concept of suicide as a kind of pariah even among mental health issues and discussions. Watch Trail*MORE INFO

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

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The Business of Recovery
6:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

We now live in a world where nearly everyone has attended at least one twelve-step meeting in either virtual or real time. If you haven’t been there yourself, you’ve probably seen one on TV or heard all about it from a struggling friend or family member. But if addiction and its treatment are now the stuff of mainstream pop cultural currency, they’re also the object of a growing and intensely competitive for-profit industry. And the aims of recovery and goals of industry aren’t always – if you’ll excuse the term – co-dependent. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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I, Olga Hepnarova
8:30 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

“I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty.” With these words, the 22 year-old truckdriver, lesbian and traumatized psychiatric hospital survivor Olga Hepranova embarked on her short trip to national infamy. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016

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The Spiderweb House
6:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

Already conditioned to living as an adult at the age of twelve, young Jonas becomes de facto head of the house when his single mother disappears one day and he is left to fend and provide for his two younger siblings. He vows to do his duty and keep the secret. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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Ken Foster
8:30 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

Partly this is due to his technique: images spring from him like thoughts, the city transfigured into stark visions. But it is also part of his survival strategy: Foster is a schizophrenic crack addict, and he has chosen to live with his demons as a condition of his art. A documentary as fascinating and uncompromising as it subject. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016

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A Family Affair
6:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

When Dutch filmmaker Tom Fassaert receives an invitation to visit his 95 year-old grandmother Marianne in South Africa, he grabs his camera and jumps at the chance. After all, all he knows of Marianne is the stuff of murky family legend: how she was once a famous model, how she abandoned his father and uncle to an orphanage, how she left a smoldering trail of resentment and trauma wherever she went. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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The Battle with Satan
9:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

In Poland, the resurgence of traditional Catholicism has brought with it an attendant consequence for the alternative, non-clinical treatment of mental health: exorcism. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016

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WILD
6:00 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

Most definitely not to be confused with the Reese Witherspoon self-actualizing backpack saga, Nicole Krebitz’s story of one woman’s discovery of her animal nature is a creature of another sort entirely. Ania (the remarkable Lilith Stangenberg) is a socially disenfranchised office drone who stumbles upon a wolf in an urban park one day and hears the call of the wild. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

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4 Kings
8:30 PM – Jackman Hall, AGO

In the weeks leading to Christmas, troubled 16 year old Alex decides to leave her family and check into a rural psychiatric facility for young people. She thought her challenges had been left behind, but she must think again. Tensions are high, her cohort at the institute is a prickly and variously afflicted group, but what they come to form is a kind of ad hoc family based in mutual tolerance and acceptance. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016

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GAME/CHANGE & Extraordinary Mind Game Arcade
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

Games now captivate and engage our minds like never before, and this has generated questions concerning the impact of these distractions on the way we think, interpret and relate to the world around us. Some say gaming is a potent addiction, while others insist it is a potentially revolutionary way of providing order and inspiration to the disordered mind. With all these perspectives and views in mind, this year’s festival presents GAME/CHANGE, a forum on the impact and implications of gaming on mental health and our processing of the world around us.MORE INFO

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Wizard Mode
7:00 PM – Workman Theatre

At the age of five, Robert Gagno found a pinball machine in a hamburger joint. Today, more than twenty years later, he’s one of the top ranked players in the world. Robert Gagno is also autistic, and Wizard Mode is a stirring documentary about how his condition fused with a game – requiring focus, dexterity and infinite patience – in the most unlikely yet amazing way. Watch Trailer*MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016

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BONUS FILM: A SILENT RENDEZVOUS
4:15 PM – Revue Cinema

How was alcohol consumption depicted during the earliest days of movie-going? The arrival of cinema to the mass audiences of the mid-1890s coincided with a renewed wave of temperance movements calling for the prohibition of liquor sales in North America and much of Europe. MORE INFO