Workman Arts Announces a Special Event



Rendezvous With Madness And The Department Of Psychiatry At University Of Toronto Co-Present A Special Screening: Signe Bauman’s ROCKS IN MY POCKETS

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Screening – Monday October 5, 2015 – 7 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. West
Mindfest 2015 Film Screening @ Mental Illness Awareness Week

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (RWM) and the Department of Psychiatry at U of T have teamed up to co-present a special screening of Signe Baumane’s Rocks In My Pockets as part of the 3rd Annual Mindfest salute to National Mental Illness Awareness Week. On Monday October 5 beginning at 7 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Baumane will introduce this landmark animated feature film. The event will also host an intimate discussion including writer/director/animator Signe Baumane, RWM program director Geoff Pevere and others following the screening.



Tickets are on sale at $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors ($12 and $8 day of event) and can be purchased online by visiting Mindfest or Workman Arts and Mindfest

“I am delighted that the film is part of Mindfest 2015, says Lisa Brown,” Workman Arts Executive/Artistic Director and Rendezvous with Madness Co-Founder. “This film is truly a gem as well as integral to eliminating discrimination and prejudice against people living with mental illness.”

In the new animated feature Rocks In My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business and Eastern European upheaval – all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

Mindfest aims to promote public awareness, dialogue, and understanding about mental health and illness. This free event held at Hart House raises awareness about mental health issues, highlights the support systems available to those who need them, and helps to erase mental health stigma. MindFest has fun exhibit booths, guest speakers, interactive workshops, yoga/mindfulness, giveaways and more! Mindfest 2015 takes place Wednesday October 7 at University of Toronto. Full schedule and more details visit Mindfest.

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