Workman Arts Presents The 22nd Annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 10:30 to Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 15:00





The first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness (RWM), presented by Workman Arts (WA), returns to the TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 10 - 15 for its 22nd edition. The six-day festival showcases over 20 programs of feature and short films, Snoozeland - a multi-media installation and a closing day symposium with a spotlight on mental health and substance use in sports.

The spotlight kicks off on Friday, November 14 with the Canadian Premiere of No No: A Dockumentary, about former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Dock Ellis. Producer, Mike Blizzard will be joined in a post-screening discussion by a panel including former executive-director of the Major League Baseball Players Association and current executive-director of the National Hockey League Players Association, Donald Fehr. On Saturday, November 15, our Mental Health, Substance Use and Sports Symposium begins with an intimate discussion with former NHL goalie, Clint Malarchuk that will be recorded as an episode of popular podcast, The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin. A book signing for Malarchuk's new autobiography, The Crazy Game will take place after the conversation. We will then present the Canadian Premiere of Tapia, an incredibly moving documentary portrait of former boxing champion, Johnny Tapia, featuring the final interview he gave before his passing.

Each screening is followed by a panel discussion with artists, mental health professionals and people with lived mental health experience. RWM presents powerful, entertaining and compelling images of mental health from around the world. These diverse viewpoints capture the global discussion surrounding mental health and encourage the breakdown of stigma across

many cultures.


Tickets are on now on sale and can be purchased by telephone between 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 416-599-TIFF (8433) or toll free at 1-888-599-8433, online at, or in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

• Festival Pass (tickets to all screenings): $70

• Opening Night Gala (Preshow Reception and Rocks in My Pockets): $30

• Opening Night Screening Only (Rocks in My Pockets): $15

• Saturday Symposium: Mental Health In Sports: $20

• Regular Programs: $12 (a limited number of Pay-What-You-Can Tickets also available at the door for people on fixed incomes)

Ticket prices vary. Please check with schedule before purchasing.



5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. @ TIFF Lounge, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Opening Night Gala Reception

7 p.m.

Opening Night Gala

f. Rocks in My Pockets

Signe Baumane, USA/Latvia, 2014, 88 min, English, Toronto Premiere

"Imagine Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," but much darker." – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

Writer/Director/Animator Signe Baumane in attendance.

The screening will be followed by an intimate conversation between author (A Life In Psychiatry: Looking out, Looking in) and former CEO and President of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Dr. Paul

Garfinkel and Signe Baumane



6:30 p.m.

f. Gabriel

Lou Howe, USA, 2014, 88 min, English, Canadian Premiere

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival

"...imagines a modern-day Holden Caulfield adrift in New York City during a short leave from a mental hospital. There's not a false note in its portrait of a desperate, floundering young man, indelibly played by Rory Culkin." – Stephen Holden, New York Times

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.

Director Lou Howe in attendance


f. She's Lost Control

Anja Marquardt, 2014, USA,90 min, English, Toronto Premiere

Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival

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.

Director Anja Marquartdt in attendance



6:30 p.m.

f. Post Partum

Delphine Noëls, Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2013, 95 min, French with English subtitles, North American Premiere

Official Selection: Brussels Film Festival

Luce and Ulysse love each other and are expecting their first child. But when baby Rose arrives, nothing goes as planned. Luce is out of her depth before the constant crying of her baby, and their happiness is at risk.

9:30 p.m.

f. Blood Ties

Pernille Bervald Jørgensen and Christian Sønderby Jepsen, Denmark, 2013, 83 min, North American Premiere

Official Selection: CPH: DOX

Svend has 16 children. The four youngest with Gitte, whom he is in the process of getting divorced from. The break-up of the family also 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.



6:30 p.m.

f. Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)

Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden, Netherlands/Belgium, 2013, 107 min, Flemish and French with English subtitles

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA

"If Jim Jarmusch made a movie about two alcoholic friends hanging out in the woods, it might look something like the Dutch documentary Don't Leave Me." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

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 Bursts of Madness

Be moved by this inspiring program of short films, exploring personal issues and stories of mental illness and addiction.

Mother is God (Mamma är Gud)

Maria Bäck, Denmark/Sweden, 2013, 30 min, Swedish with English subtitles, Canadian Premiere

Director Maria Bäck talks to her mother (whose face we do not see) on Skype, constructing an account that captures evidence of several mutable feelings.

Luk'Luk'l: Mother

Wayne Wapeemukwa, Canada, 2014, 19 min, English

A full-time mother and part-time sex worker goes missing on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics. This narratively sophisticated and righteously angry commentary on social neglect is set against a backdrop of glib patriotism.


Brooks Hunter, Canada, 2014, 6 min, English, World Premiere

Director Brooks Hunter examines how he has transformed from being ashamed of his mental illness at 17 to now embracing and using it to shape the way he sees and shapes the world every day.

The Auroratone Project: New Frontiers in Psychiatric Cinema

Various Artists, Canada, 2012, 45 min, Toronto Premiere

'Auroratones' were abstract musical films invented by Cecil Stokes, which were used in mental institutions and army hospitals after WWII as a means of soothing post-traumatic stress disorder and general mental disturbance. As part of POP Montreal's 2012 edition, Film POP curator Kier-La Janisse and Walter Forsberg commissioned The Auroratone Project - a series of original short films by experimental Canadian filmmakers set to the music of Grizzly Bear, Grimes, Peaches, The Sadies, Tim Hecker and more. Filmmakers Leslie Supnet, Emily Pelstring, Jon Rafman, Alex MacKenzie, Walter Forsberg, Leslie Bell, Jaimz Asmundson, Cheryl Hann, Tamara Scherbak, Heather Rappard and Sabrina Ratte were approached to create original abstract films guided by the principles of Cecil Stokes' Auroratones.

Filmmakers in attendance



6:30 p.m.

f. No No: A Dockumentary

Jeffrey Radice, USA, 2014, 100 min, English, Canadian Premiere

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival

"...a compelling, deeply moving, fun look at the highs and lows of a bygone era." - Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve

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 triumph over amphetamine addiction through to becoming an addictions counsellor later in life. Featuring original music by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. This film kicks off our symposium on mental health, substance use and sports.

Producer Mike Blizzard in attendance

Opening Remarks by Don Fehr

Don is the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association. He became nationally prominent while serving as the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1985-2009.

9:30 p.m.

f. Art of Darkness

David Parker, Canada, 2014, 85 min, English, Canadian Premiere

Official Selection: Raindance Film Festival

In 1995, artist and performer Bryan Lewis Saunders completed a self-portrait. He has continued to do so for every day of his life that followed, 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 creating that day's painting.

Director David Parker and artist Bryan Lewis Saunders in attendance



10 a.m.

f. Rocks in My Pockets

Signe Baumane, USA/Latvia, 2014, 88 min, English, Toronto Premiere

Repeat screening of opening night film


Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sports Symposium

Live Podcast Recording: The Mental Illness Happy Hour, with Special Guest Clint Malarchuk

The Mental Illness Happy Hour makes its return to RWM, as host Paul Gilmartin sits down with former-NHL goaltender, Clint Malarchuk to discuss 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 film about Malarchuk, Cutthroat will be screened as well, and a book signing will take place after the event for Clint Malarchuk and Dan Robson's new book, The Crazy Game.

4:15 p.m.

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sports Symposium

f. Tapia

Eddie Alcazar, USA, 2013, 82 min, English, Canadian Premiere

Official Selection: LA Film Fest

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


f. Closing Film

Stray Dog

Debra Granik, USA, 2014, 100 min, English and Spanish with English subtitles, Toronto Premiere

Official Selection: LA Film Festival, RIDM

" involving portrait of a deeply scarred man sustained by certain rituals and an unextinguished sense of empathy for others' problems." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

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.




Marc Ngui, Magda Wojtyra, Claro Cosco, Sean Patenaude, Jace Traz

New this year is a multi-media installation at the Workman Arts "Pop-Up" Gallery, located on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen Street West (at Gordon Bell Road). The exhibition will be on view for the month of November and an animation component will be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox prior to screenings.

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. It is a peephole into the constructive processes of a dreaming mind. The central video projection displays the product of the fantastical internal workings of the sleeping entity. Meanwhile an assortment of ceramic and plush creatures staff the aging machinery that keeps the hallucinations going.

Inspired in part by the therapeutic device of the Snoezelen room – a therapeutic environment that soothes participants through calming stimulation - Snoozeland offers a bright oasis on the grounds of a hospital and a respite from the approaching winter.


The participating artists are:

- Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra have been collaborating as Happy Sleepy since 2000. Educated as architects and self-taught in a wide range of skills, they make a wide variety of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, and immersive video installation. Their art has been shown in galleries in Canada, with the solo exhibition "Let's Glow" at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery in 2012, and they have been gaining international attention for the "Yuuki Flower", a textile sculpture that is part of the Field Trip Project exhibition, touring in Japan since 2012. The artists are based in Toronto.

- Claro Cosco is an artist and letterpress printer. Working primarily in drawing, printmaking, video, and sculpture, he is interested in exploring embodiment and imaginative reality. He has exhibited in both Winnipeg and Toronto's Nuit Blanche, the Harbourfront Centre, the AGO, and group video and print exhibitions that are touring inter/nationally. He enjoys making quilts, and has been writing down nearly all of his dreams for five years.

- Jace Traz makes visible art with pens, digits, and petroleum. He makes audible art with strings, sticks, and Sara. His works are held private and institutional collections. Most recently his work appeared on prime time television show Risky Business. He is also currently writing and performing with his band All Dressed.

- Sean Patenaude is a photographer, writer and educator. Sean began photographing in 1985 and has worked in the fields of portrait, wedding and industrial photography for clients as diverse as the Bronfman family, the Anne Murray Museum and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. His photographs have been reproduced in books, magazines and online. Sean currently photographs people, places and things, many of them in Toronto, Canada.

Snoozeland was commissioned by Workman Arts for the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.


For further information please visit:

Festival trailer: 

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA
Monday Nov 10 (5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.), Tuesday Nov 11 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. & 9:30 - 11 p.m.), Wednesday Nov 12 (6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. & 9:30 - 11 p.m.), Thursday Nov 13 (6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.), Friday Nov 15 (6:30 - 9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.), Saturday Nov 1
Jeff Wright

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