The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival is one of my favourites of all the film festivals our great city has to offer, and that’s a lot. Presented by Workman Arts, the overall theme is mental health and addiction issues.
These topics are portrayed within the context of a feature or short film, or are produced by individuals who have overcome such obstacles in life.
Past years have included several high profile films that have often been previously shown, or have gone on to screen at other international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Up until two years ago, all films were screened at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on Queen Street in Toronto. With the revitalizing of the CAMH facilities, Workman Arts had to relocate up the road a bit to their new home at 651 Dufferin Street, where the majority of the films will be screened. Others, including the opening and closing gala screenings, will be shown at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West.
The festival also includes several scheduled discussions around the films, and the topic of mental health and addictions. As well, the Being Scene art exhibition is on display at Workman Arts, showcasing the works of various individuals that have used the services of CAMH at one point in their lives.
Films showing on this closing weekend up until November 12th, include:
Intervention Canada – screenings of the popular television series, followed by interactive discussions - TIFF Bell Lightbox 6:30PM
Gods of Youth - two young men and a woman go on an epic, high octane, hypersexual, multi-day meth bender, followed by the pain of coming down - TIFF Bell Lightbox 9:30PM
Finding Kind – documentary feature on the overlooked effects of girl-on-girl bullying that is rampant in teenagers and continues throughout life -TIFF Bell Lightbox 6:45PM
Amphetamine – Daniel and Kafka meet, discover similarities and differences, discover themselves and each other - TIFF Bell Lightbox 9:30PM
Lens of Illusion – Closing Night Gala – the Workman Theatre will be transformed into a Carnivale of the Mind with midway refreshments, buskers, sideshow amusements and flim flam. Join your guide Dr. Gallon on a mysterious multimedia journey through distorted perceptions and uncertain realities. Experience mysteries that unite us; for people are more alike than different. Workman Arts 8:00PM
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Full Program can be found here
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