Governor General to attend Rendezvous with Madness Opening Night
The 23rd edition of Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival or RWM is the original film Festival devoted to the cinematic expression and investigation of mental health. This organization pushes the boundaries of the way we think and talk about the human mind. The nine-day festival, presented by Workman Arts, showcases 40 films drawn from 200 international submissions and includes a multimedia installation exhibition and a full day symposium with a spotlight on television and addiction.
The festival kicks off with the world premiere of Swift Current-the electrifying saga of former hockey star Sheldon Kennedy. From a hotshot young prospect to a shattered alcoholic to a high-profile advocate for victims of sexual abuse, Kennedy story is given potent documentary treatment by director Joshua Rofe who creates an intensely affecting case for a culture who still is a long way to go when it comes to acknowledging both the frequency and the impact of the exploitation of the most vulnerable by those in positions of power.
The festival will feature engaging discussions of current films dealing with issues ranging from eating disorders (My Skinny Sister), pedophilia (Daniels World), borderline personality disorder (An Autobiography of Michelle Maren) and the phenomenon of media addiction (Transfixed: Addiction and TV symposium).
This is a first festival of its kind in the world and currently the largest. Rendezvous with Madness was founded in 1993 and investigates the facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction as presented by both Canadian and international filmmakers. The festival provides filmmakers and artists with opportunities to exhibit work that may not otherwise be seen. It also facilitates discussion between artists and audiences and increases awareness and advocacy for mental health and addiction issues among the broader public.
Workman Arts is the longest running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization in North America. It facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs. The Center for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research center in its field. It combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction.