Looking Back on Frames of Mind

When we launched the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series back in September 2002, we had no idea it would one day become one of the longest running film series in Pacific Cinémathèque history. As initially proposed by Dr Harry Karlinsky of the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Frames of Mind was created to promote awareness and education around mental health issues, to address the issue of stigma, to challenge the often erroneous representation of mental illness in media, and to do so using the ubiquitous and highly relatable medium of cinema.

Over nine years of monthly screenings and five annual festivals, we’ve presented more than 100 great films to more than 15,000 viewers. A defining characteristic of Frames of Mind has always been the presentation or panel discussion subsequent to each film, followed by a Q&A and further (often spirited!) discussion with the audience. To that end, we’ve brought in filmmakers from across North America to speak to their films, and have benefited from the expertise of innumerable discussants from mental health fields, family and consumer groups, academia, and more.

Our thanks are due, therefore, to the many dozens of guest speakers who have donated their time and knowledge to these discussions over the years. Many thanks as well to all our community sponsors — too numerous to list here — who have supported Frames of Mind. Much gratitude is also due to the UBC Department of Psychiatry (with a particular thanks to Dr. Zis) and the Institute of Mental Health for their support of the series. We’d also like to pay tribute to the hard work and good humour of our presenting partner, the Pacific Cinémathèque. Extra special thanks are due to the Cinémathèque’s Jim Sinclair, steve chow, Amber Orchard, Rob Gloor, Sonya William, Sue Cormier, and Al Reid.

Most of all, a huge thank you to you, our audience, many of whom are loyal supporters of Frames of Mind and come back month after month to share the evening with us. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we appreciate your continued commitment to the series.

Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Series Director 
Caroline Coutts, Series Programmer