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Rendezvous with Madness Film Tour: Juanicas

Sat, Aug 12 / 3 pm
Directed by Karina Garcia Casanova
2015, Canada / Mexico, 78 min
Spanish, English and French with English subtitles

On the day that her brother Juan returns to his family home in Montréal from a trip to Mexico, Karina Garcia Casanova begins filming. But this is no incidental home movie. Like his mother, Juan has a history of mental illness that has occasionally tilted into violence. The real-life drama that unfolds turns out to be a singularly heartbreaking and riveting account of living with bipolar disorder as a family disease. Complicating matters further is Casanova’s own unsettled history as Spanish-speaking child who grew up with a difficult single mother in Montréal and whose own identity has been defined by circumstances she could do nothing about. Juanicas, Casanova’s extraordinary first film, is at once an unflinching testament to that legacy and a moving document of surviving it.

This screening will be followed by a panel with Director Karina Garcia Casanova, moderator Geoff Pevere, Nigel Bart, Founder/Director of Art Beat Studio and Winnipeg mental health worker Stan Rossowski.  

Background on Geoff Pevere:

Geoff Pevere is the Program Director of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival and once worked as a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is one of the most respected and experienced film professionals in Canada having worked for many years as an author, critic, broadcaster wand has more than thirty years experience. Geoff Pevere will be in attendance and will moderate all Q & A / discussions for each film in the Rendez With Madness Film Tour.

Background on Karina Garcia Casanova:

Karina Garcia Casanova is a Mexican born filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Her award winning short films (The Great Thinkers, Disown Delete) have been broadcast and shown in numerous films festivals and institutions (Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, etc. JUANICAS is her first feature documentary.

Background on Nigel Bart:

Nigel Bart, BFA, is the Founder and Studio Facilitator of Artbeat Studio Inc. located in Winnipeg. Music and art play an essential role in his life and are a great resource in his recovery from Schizophrenia. Recognizing a strong connection between his own mental health and creativity Nigel sought ways to support other artists in similar circumstance. Artbeat Studio Inc. opened in 2005. Nigel has produced an award winning anti-stigma video “Inside Out”, exhibited paintings at the National Art Gallery of Ottawa, and remains a dedicated advocate for equitable opportunity and acceptance of persons with mental illness.

Background on Stan Rossowksi:

Dedicated to promoting hope and raising awareness, Stan Rossowski has spent many years in Winnipeg providing support to individuals and families about mental health issues, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and most importantly, the recovery journey that allows people to reclaim their lives. He supports the principles of hope and transformation, person centred recovery, respect and recognition and the right of every person to a life worth living.

•Special Jury Mention for Best Ibero-American Documentary. Guadalajara International Film Festival. March 2015.

•Special Jury Mention for Best First Documentary. Rendez Vous du Cinéna Québecois. Feb. 2015

•Special Mention for Best New Talent from the National jury. RIDM. Nov. 2014

•Special Mention for best documentary from the Student Jury. RIDM. Nov. 2014

•Grand Prize Winner of Doculab 1.0 of the Guadalajara Film Festival in Los Angeles. Sept. 2014

Plays With:

A Celebration of Darkness / Dir. Jaene F. Castrillon, 2015, Canada, 6 mins / By engaging with the pain and struggles of her younger self, an adult woman finds healing and the recovery of the spirit.

Co-presented by  Rendezvous with Madness and Art Beat Studio 

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Reviews

Heartbreaking...a deeply affecting, unique and bracingly intimate look at the damage of mental illness. - Montreal Gazette
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