Yearly Archives: 2007

Not Just a Bad Day: Living with Bipolar Disorder

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 – 7:30pm
Canada 2007. Director: Gillian Hrankowski
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Paul Termansen, M.D., F.R.C.P.C and director Gillian Hrankowski.
Co-sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health North Shore Community Psychiatric Services.

On the surface, Mike, Erin, and Martha appear to have little in common, but all live under the shadow of bipolar disorder (once known as manic depression), a complex mental illness marked by significant disturbances in mood. Mike is a charismatic young man whose partying lifestyle and abuse of recreational drugs foreshadow a severe manic episode that has him committed to a psychiatric ward.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2003. Director: Patty Jenkins 
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Stephen Hart 
Co-sponsored by the Medical Legal Society of British Columbia.

Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Oscar for her fearless portrayal of notorious serial murderer Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 after being convicted of killing six men over a nine month period. Wuornos confessed to seven murders, including that of a policeman, but claimed to have killed only in self-defence.

The Bridge

Wednesday, October 17, 2008 – 7:30pm
USA 2006. Director: Eric Steele
Post-screening discussion with Terry Smith
Co-sponsored by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia and SAFER (VCHA).

A 2003 New Yorker article entitled “Jumpers: The Fatal Grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge” declared San Francisco’s iconic monument the most favoured suicide destination in the world. Filmmaker Eric Steele cites the article as the inspiration for The Bridge, a documentary intended, he says, to “peer into the darkest corners of the human mind and challenge us to think and talk about suicide in profoundly different ways.”

The Self-Made Man

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2005. Director: Susan Stern
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Michael Myers

PhotoIs it ever rational to choose death? Is it ever a good decision? For 77-year-old Bob Stern, there is little doubt. A successful businessman, husband, and father, an exemplar of the self-made generation that built post-war America, Bob believes that taking his own life in the face of serious, possibly terminal, illness is what an all-American hero should do.

Zelig / Get the Script to Woody Allen

Wednesday, August 15 – 7:30 pm
Zelig (USA 1983) preceded by Get the Script to Woody Allen  (USA 2003)
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Harry Karlinsky
Moderated by Caroline Coutts

Woody Allen’s fictional documentary in the key of Spinal Tap concerns “human chameleon” Leonard Zelig (Allen), a colourless man who becomes a celebrity phenomenon in the 1920s and 30s due to his unique ability to completely change his physical appearance to look like those around him.

Written by and starring Keith Black, Get the Script to Woody Allen is based on an actual incident in which Black, a Brooklyn schoolteacher, tracked down his idol at a Manhattan jazz club and slipped him the script of I Will Survive, a screenplay based on Black’s troubles with women. The famed director took the script, smiled meekly, and trotted off. That was several years ago. Mr. Allen has yet to call.

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 1989. Director: Woody Allen
Post-screening discussion with Dr Anton Scamvougeras

Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau), a successful ophthalmologist, is having a late-in-life extramarital affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), a high-strung stewardess who has begun to bore him. His attempt to end the relationship meets with strong resistance from Dolores, who threatens to expose both his infidelity and his involvement in some shady financial dealings.

Frames of Mind Summer Classics Series: Vintage Woody Allen: Two Stand-Outs from the 1980s

“Frames of Mind” is pleased to present two of Woody Allen’s must-see films from the 1980s: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), a philosophical query on the nature of morality in the absence of God; and Zelig (1983), an hilarious mockumentary about a human chameleon and the seductive dangers of conformity. Allen’s obsessions with the psychological make him an ideal choice for our Summer Classics series, and we look forward to discussing these films with you in July and August.

Life’s a Twitch

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 – 7:30pm
Canada 2002 Director: Cindy Bisaillon

He barks, spits, and shakes. He just can’t help it. Duncan McKinlay has Tourette’s Syndrome. At age 7, he noticed what he called a devil in his head that made his life hell. In his teens, it wasn’t a question of whether to kill himself, but when. Life’s a Twitch takes us on a quirky ride into Duncan’s world, where he’s learned to turn his nightmare into a celebration.

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Diane Fast, Staff psychiatrist, BC Children’s Hospital Neuropsychiatry Clinic
Co-sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.

Preceded by I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me

I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2005 Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Diane Fast, Staff psychiatrist, BC Children’s Hospital Neuropsychiatry Clinic
Co-sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.

ImageIn every school in North America, it’s likely that at least one child has Tourette’s Syndrome (TS). These children are often stigmatized and almost always misunderstood. This highly acclaimed documentary presents a candid look at the lives of children growing up with this baffling condition.

4th Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival

4th Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival - May 10-13, 2007

USA 2006. Director: Macky Alston
Dr. Bob Bechtel is a seemingly ordinary man in his early seventies‚ a devoted husband and father and a respected psychology professor. But Bechtel has a terrible secret. In 1955, while attending college, he shot and killed fellow student Holmes Strozier.

France/Belgium 2006. Director: Laurent Achard Cast: Julien Cochelin, Dominique Reymond, Pascal Cervo, Annie Cordy, Fettouma Bouamari
“Laurent Achard’s taut, unsettling feature is not your average French film about rural childhood. Based on “The Last of the Crazy People,” a 1967 novel by Timothy Findlay, Achard’s film is a powerful, atmospheric, distinctly unsettling story of desperation, madness and psychological violence.

Canada 2005. Director: Byron Lamarque (10 mins.)

USA 2006. Director: Alan Berliner
Acclaimed American documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner (The Sweetest Sound, Nobody’s Business) once again uses his own life as a laboratory – this time to explore his lifelong love/hate relationship with insomnia.

Screening and Panel Discussion of
Canada 2006. Director: Jiyar Gol
Health Care 911 introduces us to some of the 8,000 medically-trained immigrants unable to practice in Canada despite a critical shortage of doctors across the country.

USA 2005. Director: Michel Negroponte
The term “methadonia” describes a borderland for recovering heroin addicts on methadone maintenance. Here, innovative addicts have learned to mix their methadone with benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium)

Canada 2006. Director: Jody Kramer (5 mins.)
Post-screening discussion with DR. LAURENCE HOESCHEN, an addiction medicine physician with over 30 years experience in the addictions field. Currently Dr. Hoeschen is the medical leader for addictions at Richmond Health Services.

Canada 2006. Director: Paul Perrier
Lisa grew up in an upper-middle class family in the tony Toronto neighbourhood of Rosedale. She went to the “right” private school, and made the “right” kind of friends. And yet something still went terribly wrong. Today, at 37, Lisa is an estranged mother of one who prostitutes herself to support her crack habit.

BE MY JUNKIE SHADOW Canada 2002. Director: Kat Kosiancic
A frank, straightforward and honest conversation with seven women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, all of them addicted to heroin or cocaine, and some of them sex trade workers. Colour, DVD. 24 mins.

Workshop: MOMMIE DEAREST: Good and Not-So-Good Mothers in the Movies
Mom, that most important, most powerful of all women, is a familiar character in the movies, if not always a favorite. Feature film clips depicting Good Moms and Not-So-Good Moms will be used to help the audience discuss the diverse perspectives and emotions that thoughts of Mom stir within each of us.

USA 2006. Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ian Markiewicz
A love letter to the fans of the original film and to the two women at its heart, The Beales of Grey Gardens is drawn entirely from never-before-seen material from the Maysles archive, all shot between 1973 and 1976.