Rendevous With Madness Festival: Retrospekt
Listen, we know there are A LOT of film festivals in Toronto but if you have room in your heart and on your calendars for one more, it absolutely must be the Rendezvous With Madness Festival (by Workman Arts). It’s the first and largest mental health festival in the world and it presents works (films, art, performances, etc) that explore mental health themes and addiction issues.
This year’s theme is:
#GetMad: a call to action, reminding us that sharing stories is a powerful tool against isolation, stigma and discrimination.
But hopefully you’ll get excited (yeah, we’ll see ourselves out) that we’re co-presenting a film at this year’s RWM. The film is Retrospekt by Esther Rots. It’s a fascinating film—a mystery that immediately sucks you in, further exasperated by a nonlinear timeline, unreliable narrator, and the strangest (yet also perfect) operatic score.
Retrospekt screens on Saturday 19 October at 9:30pm at the Workman Arts Theatre. The screening will be open captioned and ASL interpreted. We’ll be giving away some tickets soon, so keep your eye on our social pages!!
And the full festival is absolutely worth checking out as well. It runs 10 - 20 October and features 14 films, 4 live performance pieces, visual and media arts exhibition, and a one-night-only comedy showcase. RWM strives to be accessible and has pay-what-you-wish pricing for both advance ticket and door tickets. They also have Held Spaces where folks can go to take a break and even talk to an active listener. You can learn more about RWM’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity here!