Tunnel Vision at CAMH 2017 Doors Open Toronto
with special thanks to
image: David Sweeney
1001 Queen Street West
Community Centre Building (entrance at Lower Ossington and Stokes Street)
Saturday May 27 & Sunday May 28, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival presents TUNNEL VISION – a film and installation showcase in the CAMH tunnels as part of 2017 Doors Open presented by Great Gulf. Join us for both scheduled seated film screenings in the Old Gymnasium and self-guided tours in rarely seen CAMH tunnels below Canada’s oldest mental health hospital (circa 1850) featuring films, videos, slides, photographs and ephemera around themes of mental health/wellness, architecture and the City of Toronto. Special guest filmmakers in attendance plus displays of previous Workman Arts commissions including Mad Couture garments. Rendezvous With Madness is produced by Workman Arts, an arts and mental health organization operating in partnership with CAMH.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
1001 Queen Street West, Community Centre Building (at the south intersection of Lower Ossington and Stokes Street, one block south of Queen Street West)
*This location is fully accessible.
TUNNEL VISION – Film Schedule & Info
Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28
Programs repeat at same times on both days.
All films projected on video, unless otherwise noted.
FREE AND ALL AGES (unclassified)
(*Installations in CAMH tunnels on view Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM)
10 AM – BOOM TOWN: TORONTO ON FILM (90 minutes)
This Town of Toronto
Isabella Pruska-Oldenhof/2012/Canada/3:15/silent/16mm film
This short film takes a rather unconventional approach to the city symphony genre, which often depicts the rhythms of the city from morning to night and relies on the symphonic composition of shots that, like in musical symphony, build through various movements until their final conclusion. This Town of Toronto extends its temporal dimension past the span of one day to 108 years, by including some of the earliest motion picture documentations of Toronto: the Great Fire of 1904 and the traffic scene on Bay Street, including horse-drawn fire trucks and firemen rushing to extinguish the fire, all captured by George Scott & Co.; various street scenes of Toronto from 1917 to 1935, documented by TTC (Toronto Transit Commission); the amusements during 1929-1930 at the Toronto’s Islands Hanlan’s Point, also obtained by TTC; and the Nathan Smith family home movies, which include various activities of its youngest family members and life in the city during 1931-32.
Bird Songs For Toronto
Fourteen children describe a bird physically, its diet and its habitat and then demonstrate its song or sound using a birdcall.
The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ is transported to contemporary Toronto. Whilst riding a streetcar, Alice encounters a pair of strange characters who engage her in an equally strange debate over whether or not they exist. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Carroll, but given a fresh and funny new twist in this short stop-motion animation.
Leslie McFarlane/1951/Canada/10:00/16mm on video
This short documentary studies the contrast between the sedate Toronto of the turn of the century and the thriving, expanding metropolis of 1951. Aerial views give evidence of the conversion of the old Toronto into the new–the city with towering skyscrapers, teeming traffic arteries, vast industrial developments and far-reaching residential areas housing over a million people.
Toronto’s mid-century progress is also Canada’s, as manifested in the building of Canada’s first subway, and in the bustle of the nation’s greatest trading centre–the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Young? Chinese? Immigrant? Canadian? Queer? All of the above.
Immigrated to Toronto, Canada from Hong Kong in 1989 – a month after the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, China – this intimate reflection critically explores our notions of home and belonging, love, race , culture, media, gender, sexuality, and citizenship by a young queer-identified first-generation Chinese-Canadian man as he recounts his experiences of coming to Canada to his coming out – in search of freedom.
Light bends to reveal the caged garden. Movement by intuition and memory with seemingly endless time.
Pedro Ferreira/2014/Canada/3:00/silent/Super 8 on video
Little Portugal is located on Dundas Street West in Toronto, hosting a concentrated community with social, cultural, commercial and religious institutions. Portuguese immigrants shape this neighborhood, one of the most visible cultural enclaves in Toronto populated by individuals who have migrated from mainland Portugal, the Azores Islands and Madeira, and from ex-colonies which include Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. The first wave of Portuguese immigrants arrived in Canada in the 1950’s. During the 60’s and 70’s the numbers steadily increased. In 2001 Canada had a population of more than 350,000 Portuguese immigrants, 95,000 of whom lived in Toronto. In 2014 many Portuguese emigrants cite similar reasons for moving across the ocean; a low standard of living and limited socio-economic opportunities force people to leave Portugal.
Autoplastic intimately explores perceived psychosis in store-front mannequins.
Kiskisiwin / Remembering
Martha Stiegman & Jesse Thistle/2016/Canada/6:20/sound
A young Métis historian takes down Canadian pioneer mythology, with a very personal account of the impacts that version of history has played in his life. In kiskisiwin | remembering, a jingle dress dancer, an 1850s blacksmith and a troop of defiant urban Indians assert Toronto is Indigenous territory and challenge Canadians to re-write their nation’s history.
Don Owen/1963/Canada/26:00/sound/16mm on video
This short documentary profiles the mid-century Toronto jazz scene through the eyes of acclaimed filmmaker Don Owen (Nobody Waved Good-bye). The film features prominent acts from what was then regarded as the third-largest jazz centre in North America, including the Lenny Breau trio, the Don Thompson Quintet and the Alf Jones Quartet. Jazz lovers will relish this inside look at the creativity, hard work, improvisation, and stylization of these talented musicians.
12 noon – DREAMING IN CONCRETE: FILM AND ARCHITECTURE (88 minutes)
The High Level Bridge
Edmonton’s High Level Bridge is a frequent spot for suicides. Trevor Anderson documents the bridge’s history and its place in collective psychology with insight and wit. Finding humour in dark territory, The High Level Bridge showcases chilling shots of the North Saskatchewan River, and pays homage to the people and events surrounding an odd landmark.
Different As Night and Day
Peter Dudar/2012/Canada/15:59/sound/no dialogue
Different as Night and Day, shot in the Port Lands of Toronto, Canada, examines the disconcerting coexistence of technology and nature. It cycles through three views of two power plants as light and climate transition (cf. Claude Monet’s series of Rouen Cathedral). The views are bridged by long dissolves of smoke streaming from one of the plants. The dissolves are often gorgeous and reminiscent of the Northern Lights, but are composed with images of airborne pollutants (cf. the pollutionenhanced sunsets painted by JMW Turner in the 19th century). Different as Night and Day is a dynamic painting.
La Grand Dame
Alexandre Larose/2011/Canada/3:30/silent/Super 8 on 16mm film
A graphic and vertiginous portrait of La Place Ville Marie in Montreal, Canada. Originally shot on Super 8 and edited in-camera, blown up to 16mm for exhibition.
All That is Solid
Eva Kolcze/2014/Canada/15:59/sound/no dialogue
All That Is Solid investigates Brutalist architecture through the surface of black and white celluloid. The film features three prominent examples of Brutalist architecture, Robarts Library, U of T Scarborough campus and York University campus. Footage of the buildings has been degraded using a number of chemical and physical processes. The film explores the utopian visions that inspired the Brutalist movement and the material and aesthetic connection between concrete and celluloid.
The Orillia Recreation Centre had been the venue for local amateur hockey and lacrosse games, figure skating and other public events for more than half a century. As it aged over the years, it was twice closed as “structurally unfit.” During the summer of 2014 it was finally demolished.
proper desert incorporates 204 still images displayed in rapid succession with a text that muses on the contemporary strategy of pursuing location through dislocation, stability through instability, creativity through destruction.
The Walking Philosopher
Andrew James Paterson/2001/Canada/3:30/sound/Super 8 on video
This super-8 film was originally made in response to an invitation to produce a short Super-8 for the 1999 Splice This festival. The theme of the numerous commissions was ‘flawed’. Loosely respecting the ‘flawed’ theme, I composed a series of location tracking shots throughout various Toronto landmarks and institutions. Some of the landmarks are more iconic than others, and some are characterized by activities commercial, transactional, and sexual. The monologue written in tandem with the film sequence is typical of many of my ongoing concerns – the mind as an agent of the body rather than something separate, the belief that knowledge is acquired by means of fluid interplay rather than static absorption, and the feeling that intellectuals are in fact very sexy. This monologue also reflects my love/hate with exchange systems and dialectical materialism.
Deconstructing the experiences of adapting to a new place and dealing with a different culture from childhood into adulthood.
Farewell Oak Street
Grant McLean/1953/Canada/16:00/sound/16mm on video
This documentary presents a before-and-after picture of people in a large-scale public housing project in Toronto. Due to a housing shortage, they were forced to live in squalid, dingy flats and ramshackle dwellings on a crowded street in Regent Park North; now they have access to new, modern housing developments designed to offer them privacy, light and space.
Jim and Muggins Tour Toronto
Michael Kennedy/1978/Canada/15:00/sound/16mm film
While leading us on a very personal tour of Toronto, Jim gradually reveals his unfortunate life, optimistic outlook, and friendly manner – all of which are mirrored somewhat in his pitbull’s determination and innocence. Labelled by the police as a troublemaker and by his employers as incompetent, Jim will be seen by the audience as someone to be laughed at, someone to be pitied, and finally, as a very friendly and unique personality. The film gives us a sadly cruel yet hilarious perspective on life’s absurdities.
2 PM – THE CITY AND THE ASYLUM WITH JACKIE BURROUGHS (97 minutes)
Twelve and a Half Cents
Rene Bonniere/1977/Canada/47:00/16mm on video
12 and ½ Cents is a story of a woman who is a victim of incest, whose lack of self-esteem and troubled marriage has dire consequences for the children.
Rene Bonniere/1973-77/Canada/50:00/16mm on video
This sequel to “12 1/2 cents” is about a woman who recovers while in Queen Street Mental Health Care and attempts to live outside of the hospital.
4 PM – THE MIND’S EYE: FILMS ON MENTAL HEALTH (84 minutes)
A Short History of Madness
The dubious march of institutional history relating to mental health treatment, unfolding in spectacularly choreographed episodes performed in authentic settings.
A young woman, sicker than those who dare to eat the food at the all-night diner she’s perched in, catches a ghostly reflection of herself as a child. This inspires a topsy-turvy cataclysm, hermetically sealed within a huge wheel rolling through a movie studio.
The Dancer and the Crow
Who we are on the outside does not always represent who we are on the inside. When one man takes a closer look at his inner self, he discovers the beauty he has been hiding from the world. He decides to stop hiding and embrace who he truly is.
Jaimz Asmundson/2015/Canada/6:00/sound/35mm on video
Structured around the recollection of a premonitory dream, fragmented memories from the period leading up to the death of the filmmaker’s mother were projected on to natural textures and surfaces, re-photographed, composited and processed until the memories became abstracted representations of the evolution, degradation and disintegration of memory and the physical self.
Pink Like Salmon
The filmmaker, who has lived experience with mental health issues, describes her incarceration in solitary confinement and wonders if the justice system isn’t the truly unhealthy one. Fiona Seth is a self-taught illustrator, writer, photographer and filmmaker born in Toronto. To find out more about her work, visit: www.fionaseth.ca
Thoughts I Left Behind
A simple trip on public transit carries intimations of violence and danger. This is how the world can feel to so many who live with fear. Emily Eng is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist.
Mike Hoolboom/2015/Canada/18:00/sound/16mm on video
Lensed in Ohio’s Broadview Developmental Center in 1967 by secret camera genius and audio visual healer Jeffrey Paul, Scrapbook tells the story of audacious autistic Donna Washington in her own words, as she encounters pictures of one of her former selves fifty years later.
Further details on DOORS OPEN 2017
For more information contact:
Scott Miller Berry, Rendezvous With Madness email@example.com / 416-583-4339