Project Description

Best of Hot Docs Sudbury

Are you ready to really talk about mental health in Sudbury?

In conjunction with Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op in association with BAM North Productions, NISA is pleased to sponsor Northern Ontario premier of the film Out of Mind, Out of Sight as part of Best of Hot Docs ‐ Sudbury Showcase running November 6th to 9th in downtown Sudbury.

The highly acclaimed film by Emmy winning director John Kastner looks at the experience of four residents of the Brockville Mental Health Centre, who are living with mental illness and who have committed violent crimes.

As the National Film Board website states:

“This feature documentary profiles four residents…[who] struggle to gain control over their lives so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them. Shrouded in stigma, institutions like this one are places into which patients disappear from public view for years…Kastner was granted unprecedented access to the Brockville facility for 18 months, allowing 46 patients and 75 staff to share their experiences with stunning frankness.”


NISA will also present the winners of ashort documentary film contest, where filmmakers were asked to submit a film which illuminates the realities of living with a mental illness and/or challenge the perceptions of mental health/illness in some way. This film contest is co-sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Sault Ste. Marie and Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, which is held in Sault Ste. Marie each February. Films will air prior to the screening and awards for the winning documentaries will be presented as well.

A pre-taped Q&A with the director and NISA members will air after the screening.

The screening will take place Thursday Nov. 6th at 7pm, held at Sudbury Secondary-­‐ Sheridan Auditorium.

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BAM   2 film crew LARGE (2)     Indie