The Venus of Willendorf (La Venere di Willendorf)

Thursday June 17, 2004 – 7:30pm
Italy, 1997. Director: Elisabetta Lodoli
Post-screening discussion with Cynthia Johnston

The earliest known representation of a human, a woman, is the so-called
“Venus” of Willendorf, a small statue found near the town of Willendorf
in Austria with a bulging, pear-like body, large pendulous breasts,
ample abdomen, and prominent vulva. Not surprisingly, this Venus of
Willendorf, Elisabetta Lodoli’s feature debut, tackles a subject
infrequently depicted in film: bulimia.

1st Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival

1st Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival

May 13th – 16th, 2004

USA, 2003. Director: John Cadigan
This intimate, visual portrait is the first film on schizophrenia to be conceived, photographed and directed by a person with the illness.

United Kingdom, 2001. Director: Jonathan Hodgson
An animated film exploring the experience of a child growing up with a parent with schizophrenia.

USA, 2001. Director: Richard Kelly.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Mary McDonnell
Donnie Darko, the debut feature from writer/director Richard Kelly, is part psychological thriller and part science fiction mystery.

USA, 1976. Director: Daniel Petrie
Cast: Sally Field, Joanne Woodward, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett, Jane Hoffman, William Prince
Almost 30 years have come and gone since the introduction of Sybil to captivated television audiences in 1976, yet it has still to be surpassed as the definitive cinematic treatment on multiple personality disorder.

USA, 1967. Director: Frederick Wiseman
In his first documentary, the father of cinema verité Frederick Wiseman leads us into the MCI-Bridgewater mental institution, a prison-hospital for the criminally insane run by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections

Canada, 2003. Director: Allan King
Modern society exercises unprecedented ingenuity to extend life and postpone death. In times gone by, the direct experience of watching family or friends die was common; it is much less so today

Festival Director: Dr. Harry Karlinsky

Advisory Committee: Caroline Coutts, Alan Franey, Judy Robertson, Bruce Saunders, Jim Sinclair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: AstraZeneca, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Div. & Vancouver/Burnaby Branch, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, Movie Monday, Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour, Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Progressive Housing Society, Vancouver International FIlm Festival, Videomatica

Media Director: Steve Chow
Program Editor: Caroline Coutts
High School Outreach: Analee Weinberger

Our House

Thursday April 15, 2004 – 7:30pm
USA 2003. Director: Sevan Matossian
Post-screening discussion with: Dr. Robin Friedlander & Dr. Caron Byrne

This cinema verite-style
documentary captures with unflinching honesty a year in the lives of
three unique residents with developmental disorders who live at Sueno
House in Santa Barbara. Laura survived sexual and physical abuse, a
gender transformation, and 10 years in a state hospital. Tim is a
47-year-old alcoholic with cerebral palsy and severe behavioural


Thursday, March 18, 2004 – 7:30 PM
Canada 2000. Director: Bruce Spangler
Post-screening discussion with Bruce Spangler
Co-sponsored by the BC Association of Social Workers

Winner of the Best Canadian Independent Feature, 2000, Vancouver Critics Circle and Best First Feature Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival 2000, Protection is a riveting film that accurately resonates the real life dramas and agonizing decidions associated with the ambiguous world of child protection.

Hofmann’s Potion

Thursday February 19, 2004 – 7:30 pm
Canada 2002. Director: Connie Littlefield
Post-screening discussion with Connie Littlefield
Co-sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada

Long before Timothy Leary urged a generation to “tune in, turn on and drop out,” D-lysergic acid diethylamide (or LSD) was being used by researchers to understand the human mind.


Thursday, January 15, 2004 – 7:30pm
UK/USA 2001. Director: Richard Eyre
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Sheila Nolan.

Based on the memoir of John Bayley, this touching drama tells the tender and extraordinary story of his enduring relationship with his wife, philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch. The film begins with the unlikely romance of their early days at Oxford in the 1950s to Iris’s death from Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.

Special Double Bill!

Thursday, December 18, 2003 – 7:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Mood Disorders Association of BC

The Laughing Club of India

USA/India, 1999. Director: Mira Nair

Is Laughter the best Medicine? Although the scientific evidence is mixed and confusing, Dr. Madan Kataria, a Bombay physician, clearly believes in laughter’s therapeutic effect. In 1995, Kataria started the first laughing club in Bombay with a group of friends. Less than ten years later, there are now over 1500 laughter clubs worldwide, with over 450 in Bombay alone.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

USA, 1986. Director: John Hughes

The definitive teen comedy and emerging cult classic. This warm-hearted romp stars Mathew Broderick as Ferris, a bright high school senior who feigns an illness so he can spend a day in down town Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), and a shiny red Ferrari.

Post Concussion

Wednesday, November 20, 2003 – 7:30pm
USA 1999. Director: Daniel Yoon
Post-screening discussion with Daniel Yoon

Post Concussion is the story of a young San Francisco management consultant named Matthew Kang whose life changes dramatically following a motor vehicle accident. Matt (played by Daniel Yoon) gets hits by a car.

Dialogues With Madwomen

Thursday October 16, 2003 – 7:30 pm
USA 1993. Director: Allie Light

Co-sponsored by Women and Mental Health Committee of the Vancouver Community
Mental Health Services of Vancouver Coastal Health, and the Women and
Mental Health Discussion Group of the BC Centre of Excellence for
Women’s Health.

A ground-breaking, Emmy-award
winning documentary about women and mental illness. This moving and
informative film features seven women – including Light and Karen Wong,
the film’s associate producer – describing their experiences with
depression, bipolar disorder, multiple personalities, schizophrenia,
euphoria and recovery.

Revolution #9

Thursday, September 18, 2003 – 7:30pm
USA 2001. Director: Tim McCann
A post-screening discussion with Dr. Sean Flynn
Co-sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver/Burnaby Branch

Jackson (Canadian actor Michael Risley) is a seemingly well-adjusted young Manhattanite, working an anonymous tech-sector job and engaged to be married to cocktail waitress Kim (Adrienne Shelley). But all of a sudden, things are being moved around on his desk at work, cryptic email messages pop up on his computer screen and a 30-second TV commercial for a women’s perfume, called Revolution #9, seems encoded with hidden messages just for him.