Archive for the ‘Mental Illness’ Category
***** New Support Group is starting March 20th For “Parents of Children with Anxiety”***************
Location: Saanich Neighbourhood place (at Pearkes Rec center)
Time: 7-9 pm Date: March 20th 2013
Format: Check- in—–Group discussion on parenting tips————Discussion on ideas for the group————-Suggestions for groups for our children.
We have someone coming who has worked for Anxiety B.C. in Vancouver to add to our group discussion. Her name is Coreen Mason and she is currently training at UVIC to become a Special Education Teacher.
Please RSVP (so I have a rough idea of the number of chairs to get out)
Lisa Tate Parent in Residence
The F.O.R.C.E Society For Kids’ Mental Health
’As families, we’ve been there’
Movie Monday events are by donation at the Eric Martin Theatre (Jubilee Hospital) 1900 Block Fort Street. Parking on Lee Avenue, north of Fort St, in the “one hour” zone, is not ticketed for our events. ‘Map’ link and details at http/:www.moviemonday.ca info also on the MM hotline 250-595-FLIC for weekly notices check out the Movie Monday Facebook Page REMINDER: Vote for the M Awards before March 22nd where Movie Monday is nominated for “Favourite Film Event”. 2013 M Awards Ballot VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN
6:30 Monday March 18 A Summer in the Cage is filmmaker Ben Selkow’s feature-length documentary chronicling his friend Sam’s battle with manic-depressive illness, also known as bipolar disorder. The film follows Sam for six years as he suffers delusional manic episodes, battles paralyzing depressions, and tries to escape the legacy of his bipolar father who committed suicide when Sam was eight years old. The film features interviews with renowned Johns Hopkins University author and clinician Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison; who is also bipolar. Through intimate footage of Sam, Ben and Sam’s mother Sharon, A Summer in the Cage shows the difficult emotional impact of being bipolar on Sam, his family, all those who care about him and the filmmaker. A Summer in the Cage hopes to put a human face on an illness that affects millions of families. But as this dramatic story unfolds and heads to an explosive standoff, it also becomes a unique tale about friendship and the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker. http://cagethemovie.com/story.html
We’ll have special guests with us: Erin Michalak. She heads up the CREST BD Research Team, studying ways to live well with bipolar http://www.crestbd.ca/team-members/erin-michalak/disorder.erin-michalak/ and Joanna Cheek, psychiatrist at UVic. SPECIAL EVENT – March 19 7:30pm Community presentation: ‘Changing the Landscape of Bipolar Research and Care’ Woodward Room Begbie Hall – 2101 Richmond near Fort St Presentation by Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr Joanna Cheek http://www.crestbd.ca Right on your doorstep, in Vancouver BC, Erin Michalak’s team is the only group in the world specializing in involving people with bipolar disorder and their healthcare providers in the research process itself. Want to get involved and make a difference in the research or know more about bipolar? Then join us for a night of information and engagement – refreshments provided!
6:30 Monday March 25 WINDS OF HEAVEN – Emily Carr, Carvers and The Spirits of The Forest An impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Emily Carr began painting in an era when women didn’t, at an age when most people shouldn’t, traveling to remote locations that few professional adventurers chose to go. Not only did she adopt the painting techniques of modernism, when such ideas were considered dangerous, Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, who were invisible to the dominant culture. 87min 2010 Pg First in a series of films about artists http://www.whitepinepictures.com/all-titles/emily-carr/
7PM WEDNESDAY March 27 SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN – another Music Movie Wednesday! with Friends Of Music Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.86min 2012 Pg13 http://www.sonyclassics.com/searchingforsugarman/ This film just deservedly got the Oscar for Best Documentary, it’s terrific!!
6:30 Monday APRIL 1 Easter Monday WRETCHES & JABBERERS In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. Growing up, Thresher and Bissonnette were presumed “retarded” and excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. You can’t help but be moved by these brave and inspiring men! 90min 2011 Pg http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/ for Autism Day Tuesday, April 2, 2013 7:00pm until 9:30pm Room 10, Hickman Building, University of Victoria Event celebrating the launch of Autism’s Own Journal and a celebration of autism community, featuring autistic writers, artists and performers from the autism community in Greater Victoria. http://web.uvic.ca/~carte/events.html
6:30 Monday April 8 MODRA A gentle story about the confusion of being 17. A young Toronto woman, after a breakup, invites a young man she hardly knows to accompany her on a visit to her ancestral home of Modra in Slovakia. A gentle story that unfolds into a rich experience. Part travelogue, part love story, part reflection on immigrant roots in the old country, wholly satisfying. ”You don’t to need big budgets. You need vision and heart. This made my heart open.” Billie Mintz 6:30 Monday April 15 Author Charlotte Gray presenting A RELUCTANT GENIUS. I’ve been working on bringing this remarkable story to MM for years after hearing Charlotte Gray speak to my son’s convocation at Queens University. Then I read her amazing book Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life And Inventive Mind Of Alexander Graham Bell. Bell was typical of the bipolar spectrum personality; full of brilliant ideas, moody, messy, needed a good woman to organize his life, happily found one who was his helpmate, a remarkable woman herself. His accomplishments go way beyond inventing the telephone, into all aspects of his world; communication for the deaf, (mentor to Helen Keller), sheep breeding, hydrofoil and airplane development, he even established the National Geographic Society….it’s an amazing life story! Approx 1hr 45min Presentation and reading by author Charlotte Gray * Not a film but an illustrated talk by the author * Presentation and reading by author Charlotte Gray Award-winning Biographer and Historian Charlotte Gray’s site – www.charlottegray.ca/
6:30 Monday April 22 WESTWIND: The Vision Of Tom Thompson with producer Nancy Lang How did an illustrator, whose favourite pastime was fishing, find within himself the passion and confidence to portray Ontario’s lakes, rivers, trees and skies with glorious colour and energy as no one had before? This is a truly remarkable film that explores the life and mystery of Thompson’s death, the brilliant legacy of his paintings and the glorious landscapes that inspired his work. 95min 2012 Pg This will be our first Bluray hi-def presentation, required to show off this gorgeous production at it’s best! I’m thrilled to have producer Nancy Lang coming from Toronto to present this film. http://www.whitepinepictures.com/sales/shop/west-wind-the-vision-of-tom-thomson/
Put on by BC Schizophrenia Services, this group is a place where teens can be themselves, chat and have fun…while also learning about various Mental Health Challenges.
- Are you between the ages of 13-18
- Do you have a family member who has menatl health issues?
- Would you like to learn about ; Schizophrenia, Bipolar, and Depression?
- Do you feel like talking with people your own age, who understand what it is like to have a loved one with Menatl Health Challenges?
Starting : Feb 27, 2013
Where: 941 Kings Rd
Time: Wednesday @ 5:00pm-6:30pm
Length: * Weeks
No cost thanks to our funders! Includes food
For more information or to sign up, please contact Shawna @ (250)384-4225
The popular “ Every Step Counts” program part of Victoria Cool Aid Society’s REES program is starting a woman only running group on Friday afternoons at 1-2:30pm. The group meets at the Downtown Community Center-755 Pandora St.
If you know a woman experiencing challenges with mental health, addictions, housing or other related issues please let them know about this unique opportunity.
6:30 Monday Oct 15 DINOSAUR MAKER – an evening with Bill Maylone
2012 1991 1989
Inspired by the fantastic films of Ray Harryhausen, and with a professional career that started in Victoria in the mid-1970s, Bill Maylone ended up directing or creating animated movies and sequences for the likes of Adbusters, the National Film Board, NOVA, the CBC, and Will Vinton Studios.
In the days before computer animation, dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures were brought to life most effectively using the painstaking hands-on technique of stop-motion animation. He came to realize that this odd profession could actually contribute to changing the world.
Maylone, now a Mayne Island resident, will share his stories, images, movies, and models and talk about the challenges, successes, and frustrations involved in being driven by the unusual, but – fortunately – constructive obsession of making inanimate objects appear to be alive.
Approx 2hrs Pg with clips of Bill’s own work and some classic Harryhausen work too.
6:30 Monday Oct 22 BEING FLYNN
De Niro is Flynn, a con man, passionate, self proclaimed ‘great writer’. He’s obstreperous and a serious drinker on his way to homelessness. Paul Dano is the son he left behind but has re-connected with after many years of absenteeism. He has his own issues and is drifting, heading for a job working in a shelter for homeless men. Not an easy watch, revealing of realities that lead to homelessness, insights into dysfunctional family dynamics. Based a real life memoir by son Nick Flynn. Powerful cinema experience and a great fit for MM! Both De Niro and Dano keep it real. 102min 2012 R suggestive scenes, drug use, language. http://focusfeatures.com/being_flynn
6:30 Monday Oct 29 THE MYSTERY OF SVEVA CAETANI presented by Victoria filmmaker Agustin Luviano-Cordero*
(*maker of “A Portrait Of Myfanwy Pavelic” shown June 24/12’s at MM)
Her father was a prince of an important Italian dynasty who, when Sveva was 3, settled in Vernon, BC with Sveva’s mother. He thrived in the freedom of this New World frontier, but when he died, Sveva’s mother kept her a captive in their home for the next 25 years. A naturally artistic person, she was denied materials to explore her creativity. When she was finally released from her imprisonment, her pent up artistic energy flooded out in paintings, writing…. especially exploring her origins in ethereal landscapes with figures, rich with meaning about her own life and the universal. “The Mystery of Sveva Caetani by Agustin Luviano-Cordero” penetrates her paintings and written words, the viewers discover, bit by bit, the true story of who really was Sveva Caetani.
56min 2012 Pg More details on our site!
WEDNESDAY Oct 31 7pm Hallowe’en PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Music Movie Wednesday! with Friends Of Music
Camp it up for Hallowe’en, be “best dressed” for this sumptuously presented version of the musical hit. Set and costume designers jumped the shark on this one! A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. 140min 2004 Pg13 Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44w6elsJr_I
6:30 Monday Nov 5 NOTHING BUT A MAN
A very special film written and produced by Michael Roemer and Robert M Young (the maker of William Kurelek’s The Maze documentary that we featured recently)
“From the era when American films almost never put black characters at the center of a movie, Nothing but a Man stands like a beacon of intelligence and sympathy. It was shot in 1964 at the height of the Civil Rights movement by two Jewish white men, director Michael Roemer and cinematographer Robert M. Young, who wrote the script after traveling through the South and immersing themselves in African American life. Ivan Dixon plays a railroad worker who settles down to marry a preacher’s daughter (jazz singer Abbey Lincoln), only to find that the system is rigged against him. The film is not condescending or idealizing in its approach; some of the problems of the characters are outside the reality of racism. Aside from its status as a landmark social-issue film, it is good to recognize, 40 years on, what a terrific piece of filmmaking this is, with fine acting, lucid dialogue, and a fresh feeling for everyday domestic life.” –Robert Horton
92min Pg13 We’ll include an extra by the senior filmmakers looking back 40 years on this groundbreaking project.
Lead actor Ivan Dixon on ‘Nothing But a Man’ 40-Years Later – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDlXQQPgtHc
======================== Other events planned but not set yet:
6:30 Monday Nov 12 EDWIN BOYD: Citizen Gangster
The story of notorious Canadian bank robber Edwin Boyd, beginning with his return from duty in the Second World War. Dismayed by public indifference toward veterans, humiliated by his inability to provide for his children and his wife Doreen , and seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father, Eddie resorts to unlawful activity. What starts as small time bank robberies, evolves over time—and with experience—into a career that turns Boyd into postwar Toronto’s public enemy number one. Electric performances by Scott Speedman as Boyd and Kevin Durand his accomplice. A really riveting film based on real life events.
The film took home the TIFF prize for best first Canadian feature 2011 105min 2011 R
There’s a solid Victoria connection to this story: Boyd settled here and became a model citizen!