Rendezvous with Madness film festival. November 9-18. 1001 Queen St W.
Sunday, November 12, 7:30 PM
“Eating disorders are a range of conditions involving an obsession with food, weight and appearance. This obsession negatively affects people's health, relationships and day-to-day living. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa” (The National Eating Disorder Information Centre, Canada).
They can be deadly and frequently perpetuate an insidious culture of secrets and lies. While Cake takes a humorous approach to compulsive eating, we are reminded that more and more boys and men today are being diagnosed with eating disorders. In a personal study of her own body, the director of Touch exposes the vulnerability of the female physique and the courage of the feminine mind. Half Man ½ God takes us deep into one male’s psyche as he deals with racism and narcissism head-on. Finally, the feature presentation Thin is a truly unique documentary taking us into the hearts and institutional home of women with eating disorders.
Canada / 2005 / 4 min / Beta SP
Obsessed with cake, learning Chinese, and his weight, a young man goes for an unforgettable jog.
Canada / 2004 / 4 min / Beta SP
Touch is a short experimental video that explores the filmmaker’s personal relationship with sensuality and her ability to receive physical affection while surviving post-traumatic stress disorder from a history of sexual violence. The video enables her to safely explore eroticism and broaden her understanding of her sexuality, while sharing it with an audience and exploring the boundaries of objectification and exhibitionism.
Half Man ½ God
Canada / 2006 / 10 min / Beta SP
Famous for his beauty and perfect body, Adonis is a man said to be born from the union of a Greek god and a human. According to psychologists, it is this ideal of physical masculine beauty that young males of this decade are trying to emulate through excessive exercise. Half Man ½ God is a chronicle of one man’s struggle with the Adonis complex.
USA / 2005 / 103 min / Beta SP
With unprecedented access and an unflinching eye, Thin offers an emotional journey through the world of eating disorders. Filmed over a six-month period at the Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of eating disorders in South Florida, Thin focuses on four women struggling with anorexia and bulimia as well as the institution that is their home, investigating the process of treatment, the culture of rehab, the cycle of addiction, and the unique relationships, rules and rituals that define everyday life within the centre.
Filmmakers in attendance.
Monday, November 13, 1:30 PM
It's Eating Me Up!
Canada / 2006 / 5 min / Beta SP
Death rates from eating disorders are among the highest for any mental illness. Written, directed, filmed, and edited by a woman who has coped with her own eating disorder from early childhood, this film demonstrates that eating disorders are killers.
I have always said that I must make a film before I die. Reading the descriptions of the films has inspired me tons and I would totally love to make a film, short or long, on the issue of EDs or just mental health. I think art is especially crucial to recovery.