With the significance of psychological well being consciousness on the forefront of myriad conversations and the world continues to expertise the impacts of the pandemic, Workman Arts is in the present day saying the total line-up for his or her Thirtieth-anniversary version of the Rendezvous With Insanity Pageant – the biggest and longest-running arts pageant on the planet devoted to the intersection of psychological well being and creative expression.
The 2022 pageant runs from October 27 – November 6 and presents 13 function movies and two brief packages – a complete of 30 movies from 15 international locations – in a hybrid format of digital and in-person screenings. Along with this yr’s sturdy movie program, the pageant contains its annual visible artwork exhibit – returning to a pageant lengthy in gallery format – KIND RENDERINGS, and likewise options 5 reside efficiency items. 2022 programming shall be provided this yr on the Sizzling Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the CAMH Auditorium, Workman Arts’ current house at 651 Dufferin, the Workman Arts Gallery at Artscape Youngplace, and at Comedy Bar. As all the time, movies are complemented by thought- frightening post-screening Q&As and curated panel discussions, extending the uniquely significant conversations that outline Rendezvous With Insanity.
“The Thirtieth anniversary of Rendezvous With Insanity in 2022 is a perfect time to proceed to deepen much-needed dialogues round psychological well being, addictions, restoration and wellness,” feedback Scott Miller Berry, Interim Government Creative Director, Workman Arts. “If the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us something, it is that we should not make assumptions concerning the significance of coming collectively to share, debate, talk about and study psychological well being as a group.”
Berry continues, “Rendezvous strives to deliver audiences and artists collectively to forge new understandings and views on a very powerful points dealing with humanity – together with psychological well being impacts from social points akin to environmental degradation, racism, gender-based violence, authoritarianism amongst many others. “
The overarching theme for the pageant this yr is “Greater than insurrection,” a press release which embodies the pageant’s efforts to normalize knowledgeable public discourse round psychological well being, dependancy, restoration, and wellness. Greater than insurrection means tearing down a damaged system in favor of a generational change. This makes each artist featured at RWM 2022 a insurgent; they’ve appeared on the world and deemed it missing, so that they’ve used their artwork to carry society to the next supreme.
On this benchmark anniversary yr, Rendezvous With Insanity 2022 will get underway on October twenty seventh on the Sizzling Docs Ted Rogers Cinema with the Canadian Premiere of the fearsomely candid documentary, HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND by Marusya Syroechkovskaya which first bowed at Switzerland’s Visions du Réel pageant , the place it obtained a particular point out.
“We’re thrilled to be opening with HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND by Marusya Syroechkovskaya, one of the highly effective cinematic portraits we now have ever screened. This many-years-in-the-making scrapbook diary meets TikTok documentary follows the younger director’s relationship with Kimi, somebody whom she shared time with in Moscow’s music scene and in her phrases, the “dangerous journey” of Russia’s twenty first century,” says Berry. “The couple’s view of their homeland is laid out early within the movie and is deeply provocative, and essential for Rendezvous to place into our deep dialogue context, particularly throughout this time of battle: “Everybody is aware of Russia is for the depressed.”
Documentaries dominate the movie line-up, spotlighting deeply private tales of perseverance via trauma, psychological sickness, dependancy, incapacity, and extra. Different pageant highlights embrace Reid Davenport’s Sundance Movie Pageant Documentary Directing Award-winner, I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE, an unflinching exploration of the results of “othering” on the disabled; Flore Vasseur’s BIGGER THAN US (Cannes 2021) follows 18-year-old Indonesian activist Melati Wijsen alongside different younger activists combating without cost speech, meals safety and equal rights worldwide; winner of the IndieLisboa Award for Finest Movie, LES PRIÈRES DE DELPHINE (Delphine’s Prayers) by Rosine Mbakam is a candid story of braveness and energy within the face of racism, misogyny and poverty; the Canadian premiere of EAT YOUR CATFISH by Adam Isenberg, Noah Amir Arjomand and Senem Tüzen (IDFA 2022) is a chronicle of dwelling with ALS and a household at its breaking level; and the Toronto Premiere of MI VACIO Y YO (My Vacancy and I) from Spanish filmmaker Adrian Silvestre (Worldwide Movie Pageant Rotterdam) follows a younger trans girl from France to Barcelona as she struggles to outline a trans id of her personal whereas dealing with social stress from inside and outdoors the trans group.
This yr’s artist highlight highlights the work of Liz Roberts, and her highly effective first-person documentary MIDWASTE (Hotdocs 2022) tells the story of her relationship with heroin over a number of a long time. Her connection to drug subculture is inextricable from her relationship to the digicam; the work opens together with her de ella first-ever de ella, changing into extra excessive decision as Roberts turns into more proficient with profound reflection alongside totally different cameras and strategies. Moreover, the artist concentration is going to embrace a digital workshop run by Roberts on the method of making autobiographical movies.
The Rendezvous With Insanity 2022 movie line-up contains two brief movie packages: IF YOU ASK ME returns for its sixth yr, exhibiting rising younger filmmakers with psychological well being and/or dependancy experiences from throughout the nation, and UPON, REFLECTION, an anthology of brief movies by Workman Arts members considering the transformative vastness of storytelling.
The pageant closes this yr with a screening of native artist Luke Galati’s debut feature-length documentary WHEN WE REACH OUT: WHO WILL RESPOND?. Born out of a tense interplay he had with police throughout a bipolar episode, Galati follows his personal psychological well being journey and spotlights the work of the Toronto Neighborhood Disaster Service, a pilot service responding to psychological well being associated calls, as an alternative choice to police service response .
“We’re proud to be closing the pageant this yr with a Toronto made movie submitted to us from our open name this yr. WHEN WE REACH OUT: WHO WILL RESPOND? asks a query that has been ignored for a few years and is lastly gaining traction after the latest improve in police brutality: who’re the perfect responders when somebody is having a psychological well being problem? presents Berry. “By interviews with organizers, activists, politicians and buddies, the movie addresses a group response and overdue various to the disaster of police violence towards folks with lived psychological well being experiences which primarily means those that are Indigenous, Black and/or folks of color. “
Rendezvous With Insanity 2022 returns to an in-person format for his or her annual visible arts exhibition, this yr entitled KIND RENDERINGS. The exhibit, which brings collectively six artists from throughout Canada whose work challenges typical discourse surrounding psychological well being and wellness, shall be on view on the Workman Arts gallery, Artscape Youngplace from October 27 to November 6. The work in KIND RENDERINGS presents courageous and daring home windows into the artist’s private psychological well being via a myriad of mediums. Impressed by the helplessness of being caught on a hamster wheel Toronto artists Boozie articulate their psychological well being via a collection of drawings. OCAD graduate Jenny Chen explores the therapeutic of previous trauma and melancholy via her evocative animation Multitude of Fish – Ascension Story. Jessica Subject celebrates the creativeness’s energy to heal the physique via a group of poetry and AI rendered drawings that discover the expertise of dwelling with inexplicable sickness and ache, love, and loss. Stéphane Alexis’ photo-based mission Chains & Crowns is impressed and devoted to the artist’s mom, depicting the historical past, politics, science, and psychology behind Black hairstyles. By Twinkle Banerjee’s relationship together with her grandmother, this evocative work explores the partition of India and subsequent generational trauma. The physique of labor Cinnamon sees artist Wen Tong discover on a regular basis experiences in a suburban setting whereas creating fantastical interventions.
Rounding out the pageant this yr is a quartet of reside efficiency works and a comedy showcase. Kicking off the reside efficiency programming is THE FLIN FLON COWBOY from award-winning movie and theater actor Ken Harrower(Boys In Chairs, SummerWorks 2017 Jon Kaplan Highlight Award-winner). On stage October 29-November 3 on the CAMH Auditorium, THE FLIN FLON COWBOY is a brand new musical created and carried out by Harrower, that tells his life story of him starting in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and culminating in his adventures of him in Toronto as a Queer, Disabled artist. At Comedy Bar on October 30, the comedy and public talking faculty MalPensado presents a Comedy Showcase of labor by current graduates. On November 2, the pageant presents a duet of brief items, A VOICE THROUGH THE MELT by Anda Zeng and Natalie Wee, and THE SUICIDE KEY from Laura Piccinin. November 4, Newfoundland songwriter, flutologist, and inspirational speaker Rozalind MacPhail performs in DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR, a reside music and cinema occasion that tells a timeless story of self-discovery.
The Rendezvous With Insanity Pageant is dedicated to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all friends, workers, volunteers, and artists. In keeping with Rendezvous’ dedication to being trauma-informed, every program will supply an Energetic Listener, both on-site or nearly, to assist present self-care and emotional assist. Data for accessing assist shall be out there on the web site.
Workman Arts’ new location at CAMH, on the McCain Heart for Advanced Care and Restoration at 1025 Queen Avenue West, Workman Arts is now totally wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation shall be supplied for choose packages. To be taught extra about accessibility initiatives at Rendezvous go to www.workmanarts.com
Tickets for Rendezvous With Insanity occasions shall be out there for on-line reserving starting October seventh at 10:00am EST. All tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Please notice that this yr there are restricted walk-up gross sales resulting from COVID-19 and advance on-line ticket reserving is advisable.