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Despite increasingly widespread awareness and education, far too many people still believe much of the stigma attached to mental illness. It is frightening enough to people who don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis, and can be terrifying and confusing for actual sufferers and those closest to them. Countless individuals and families suffer in silence, associating mental illness with fear and shame, and one of the most important things we can do as a society is educate the public, and ensure victims of mental illness know they are not alone, that there is help available, and that there is no shame in seeking assistance. In some cases, it can be as simple as a daily dose of medication to alter brain chemicals that can make a difference, and save someone from a lifetime of fear, loneliness and ridicule.

Chris Mitchell - Visual Arts Manager far left - Matthew hodge program manger in the middle - Lisa brown festival director (Right)

Chris Mitchell - Visual Arts Manager far left - Matthew Hodge (Program manger in the middle) - Lisa Brown Festival director (Right)

Seminars, workshops and lectures are all well and good, but they don’t appeal to the general population. The most common vehicle through which mental illness and addiction issues reach the public is film, and, in partnership with Workman Arts, the Rendezvous with Madness Film festival makes it possible for people to share their struggles with mental illness, as well as insight into treatment and hope.

The films featured make up a multi-faceted exploration of mental illness and addiction. What makes this event ground-breaking is that each screening is followed by a panel discussion. The films are made all that more powerful when they are put into perspective for the audience, for whom the film is still fresh in the mind, allowing exploration and clarification of what was on the screen. According to the Rendezvous with Madness website, . “The technical freedom of film allows for these artists to challenge perceptions of reality and to express the truth of mental illness and addiction.”

The idea alone is incredible, but the execution wouldn’t be possible without Workman Arts, “an arts and mental health company known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices, and research in the area of the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.

Workman Arts facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations.”

Susan Pigott - Vice-President, Communications and Community Engagement,CAMH

Susan Pigott - Vice-President, Communications and Community Engagement,CAMH

Congratulations to Rendezvous with Madness on their 20th Year, and many thanks to Workman Arts. This festival is needed to open minds and save lives, and the organizers and artists deserve to celebrate every successful year!

My editor was the one who actually saw the following films, but he isn’t much of a writer, so we work together; Paul gives me his review orally, at which time, I look for some information on-line to ensure correct names and spelling, and put his review on paper for our readers to enjoy.

Passion Flower
William Kurelek’s Maze

Watched by Paul Murton, English Review by Melissa Peters




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