Rendezvous with Madness 2012

Point of View magazine is madly excited to be a Community Partner with the 20th annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, set for November 9-17, 2012. The nine-day festival showcases over 20 programs of feature and short films, as well as industry and artist talks, multi-media installations, live performances and visual arts exhibitions

As a Community Partner, we’ll be co-presenting the film A Sister’s Call, screening on Friday, November 16th, 7:00pm, at the TIFF Lightbox. Synopsis:

“In 1977, Call Richmond went missing. Twenty years later, homeless and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, he appeared on his sister Rebecca’s doorstep. Filmed over fourteen years, A Sister’s Call captures Rebecca’s brave journey of ‘bringing her brother back.’ While celebrating his healing, the family is finally forced to reconcile the dark traumas and painful memories of their past. Call becomes the unlikely catalyst in this raw depiction of personal and familial recovery.

Courtesy of Kyle Tekiela

In A Sister’s Call, Rebecca Schaper’s struggle to help her brother will be familiar to anyone who has tried to help a loved one who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem. However, the film’s greatest strengths lie in the less sensational but more shocking explorations of healing that take place amongst the family. Told with poignancy, depth and love A Sister’s Call is one of those incredible documentary films that successfully balances the thematic needs of the film against a respect for its subjects. With unrivaled access, Tekiela and Schaper draw audiences into the Schaper family and we can’t help but walk away from the film haunted by their struggle, but uplifted by their successes, their love, and their redemption.”

We have two tickets to give away for this screening, and several ways you can enter. Enter all three ways for three chances to win!

  1. Email us at with your name and mailing address, using subject line “A Sister’s Call screening”
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: “I want to see A Sister’s Call with workmanartsproj and POVmagazine”
  3. Like us on Facebook and comment on any post about this screening.

CONTEST EXTENDED TO Friday, November 9 at 4pm. We hope to see you at the festival – you can order tickets to the wide variety of films and performances here.

*Please note that this screening takes place in Toronto.*

We’d also like to recommend Dead End: Alive!, a performance/music/spoken/word/film performance from frequent POV contributor and videographer James Buffin. The Toronto premiere is Thursday, November 15th, 9:00pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“This brazen one-person multimedia/music presentation uses fiction to make the implausible plausible and documentary to show how reality can be totally misunderstood, highlighting one of the central challenges faced by adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse: what to believe.”

About the festival:
Workman Arts, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is proud to present the 20th annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (RWMFF) set for November 9 – 17. The nine-day festival showcases over 20 programs of feature and short films, as well as industry and artist talks, multi-media installations, live performances and visual arts exhibitions. Programs include a thematic, moderated post-screening panel discussion with filmmakers, people living with the experience of the issue explored, a health care professional and a special interest person. The festival opens and screens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox,Reitman Square, 350 King Street West and continues with additional programming at Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin Street, Shopper’s Drug Mart, 1033 Queen Street West and T.A.N. Coffee, 992 Queen Street West.