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. 

In Our Name

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2010. Director: Brian Welsh
Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Mel Raido, Chloe Jayne Wilkinson, Andrew Knott, Janine Leigh

A stellar performance from Joanne Froggatt anchors the first British film to deal with the issue of PTSD from the perspective of a female soldier.