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Governor General to attend Rendezvous with Madness Opening Night

The 23rd edition of Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival (RWM), the original film festival devoted to the cinematic expression and investigation of mental health, will push the boundaries of the way we think and talk about the human mind. The nine-day festival, presented by Workman Arts, showcases 40 films drawn from over 200 international submissions and includes a multi-media installation exhibition and full day symposium with a spotlight on television and addiction.

The festival kicks-off at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St West on Friday, November 6, with the world premiere of Swift Current - the electrifying saga of former hockey star Sheldon Kennedy. From hotshot young prospect to shattered alcoholic to high profile advocate for victims of sexual abuse – Kennedy's story is given potent documentary treatment by director Joshua Rofé, who creates an intensely affecting case for a culture that still has a long way to go when it comes to acknowledging both the frequency and the impact of the exploitation of the most vulnerable by those in positions of power. Rofé and Kennedy will participate in an in-depth post-screening panel discussion.

As a special honour, their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will also attend the premier and will deliver remarks to celebrate the opening of  RWM.

Featuring a number of CAMH experts engaged in discussions of current films dealing with issues ranging from eating disorders (My Skinny Sister), pedophilia (Daniel’s World), borderline personality disorder (An Autobiography of Michelle Maren) and the phenomenon of media addiction (Transfixed: Addiction and TV symposium), this year’s RWM promises to provide an essential forum for discussion and debate.

See the full Rendezvous with Madness 2015 (#RWM15) schedule here and follow @RWMFilmFest for festival updates

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About Rendezvous With Madness

The first festival of its kind in the world and currently the largest, Rendezvous with Madness was founded in 1993 and is produced each year by Workman Arts. RWM investigates the facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction as presented by both Canadian and international filmmakers, as well as by visual and media-based artists. The festival provides filmmakers and artists with opportunities to exhibit work that may not otherwise be seen; facilitates discussion between artists and audiences on these cinematic and media representations; and increases awareness of, and advocacy for, mental health and addiction issues among the broader public. Our 23rd Festival runs November 6-14, 2015, for more information please visit: www.rendezvouswithmadness.com

Workman Arts (WA) is the longest-running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organizations in North America. WA facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media. Workman Arts thanks their patrons Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, C.C. and Dr. Barbara Dorian & Dr. Paul Garfinkel, and is a proud partner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visitwww.camh.ca or follow @CAMHnews on Twitter.

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