bipolar disorder


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – 7:30pm

Canada/Mexico 2014. Dir: Karina Garcia Casanova. 78 min. Blu-ray Disc VANCOUVER PREMIERE! A singularly heartbreaking and riveting account of living with bipolar disorder as a family disease.

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).

Family Matters: Surviving the Bipolar Journey

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:30 PM
Canada 2010. Director: Mary M. Frymire
Post-screening discussion with director Mary M. Frymire

Family MattersVancouver Premiere! A compassionate and timely documentary on the impact of mental illness within the family unit.

Boy Interrupted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.

Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.

Every parent’s worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note “only to be forgotten.”

5th Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival

May 8-11, 2008

SummerLove SomeoneCrash LandingDetectiveDevil Plays Hardball


Thursday May 8 Friday May 9 Saturday May 10 Sunday May 11
7:30 pm
A Summer in the Cage
7:30 pm
To Love Someone
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Crash Landing
7:30 pm
Devil Plays Hardball
    7:30 pm
Mad Detective

Presenting Sponsors: UBC Dept of Psychiatry, UBC Institute of Mental Health, Pacific Cinematheque

Media Sponsor: Channel M

Co—sponsors: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; Mood Disorders Association of BC; Amnesty International Canada — Pacific Regional Office; Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC; Chinese Mental Health Program, Canadian Mental Health Association; Vancouver—Burnaby Branch and the UBC Dept of Psychiatry Cross—Cultural Psychiatry Program; S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; MOSAIC.

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.

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.

Back from Madness: The Struggle for Sanity

Thursday September 19, 2002 – 7:30pm
USA 1996. Director: Kenneth Rosenberg
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg
Live theatrical performance by Victoria Maxwell
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division

“Back From Madness” follows four psychiatric patients for one to two years, from the time of their first arrival at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. The film contextualizes their present-day treatments with rare archival footage demonstrating how their conditions were treated in the past