Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 7:30pm
Canada 2013. Dir: John Kastner. 88 min. HDCAM
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Johann Brink

VANCOUVER PREMIERE!  The Brockville Mental Health Centre in Ontario is a facility for men and women who commit violent crimes but are determined to be “Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder.” Acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Kastner (Life With Murder) spent 18 months at Brockville filming the day-to-day life of four patients

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 7:30pm
USA 2013. Dir: Brian Lindstrom. 90 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! This heartbreaking documentary explores the controversial killing of James Chasse, a man suffering from schizophrenia, by three Portland police in 2006.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – 7:30pm
Germany 2013. Dir: Florian Eichinger. 89 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! The lasting intergenerational effects of domestic violence are frighteningly revealed in Florian Eichinger’s haunting psychological drama.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 7:30pm
Sweden/Denmark 2013. Director: Lisa Langseth. 100 min. Digibeta video
Post-screening discussion with Ingrid Söchting & Abi Dahi

Filmmaker Lisa Langseth’s latest is the comedic and moving tale of a depressed mother who “takes a break from herself” in a series of motels.


The Husband

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 7:30pm
Canada 2013. Dir: Bruce McDonald. 80 min. DCP
Post-screening discussion with Damon Elgie

 The latest from ever-surprising Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald is a gutsy, blackly-comic drama about an emasculated ad-agent who begins acting out.

Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – 7:30pm
USA 2013. Director: Delaney Ruston

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Physician/filmmaker Delany Rushton travels the globe documenting how mental illness is treated in this wake-up-call film. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Shafik Dharamsi.

15 Reasons to Live

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – 7:30pm
Canada 2013. Director: Alan Zweig
Having weathered a lengthy episode of depression, Toronto author Ray Robertson was inspired “to write a book that explored two of life’s most central and enduring questions: What makes human beings happy? What makes life worth living?” Why Not? A chance meeting between Robertson and his neighbour, acclaimed documentary maker Alan Zweig, brings each reason to life with poignancy, grace, and compassion.

Here One Day

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 7:30pm
USA 2012. Director: Kathy Leichter

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Driven by the need to understand her mother’s bipolar disorder and suicide, a daughter revisits the past in Kathy Leichter’s moving documentary.

Post-screening discussion with Dammy Damstrom Albach.  Co-sponsored by SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up Education and Research).

Forget Me Not (Vergiss mein nicht)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 7:30pm
Germany 2012. Director: David Sieveking

German filmmaker David Sieveking’s candid and touching portrait of a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease received the Critics Week Award at Locarno.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2011. Director: Paddy Considine 
Cast: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Ned Dennehy, Sally Carman

Set in gritty blue-collar Leeds, an unemployed and hard-drinking widower’s inchoate rage leads him to commit acts of unspeakable violence.

Post-screening discussion with Joanne Baker, PhD, Manager of Special Programs and Projects at the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia.