BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS
A Monthly Mental Health Film Series Presented by The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry
The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness. Screenings, accompanied by presentations and audience discussions, are held on the third Wednesday of each month. Series directed by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Director of Public Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. Programmed by Caroline Coutts, film curator, filmmaker, and programmer of “Frames of Mind” since its inception in September 2002.
Seven Songs for a Long Life Great Britain 2015. Dir: Amy Hardie. 82 min. DCP
A hospice isn’t usually a place associated with music, but Strathcarron Hospice, near Glasgow, is a bit unusual. “More life in your days” is their motto, and this remarkable documentary, filmed over four years, is a testament to that maxim. The film details the journeys of six people who utilize the daycare services at Strathcarron, where they are encouraged by a dedicated (and very musical!) nurse who uses singing as a fundamental part of the coping process. Songs by Sinatra, Sting, Cass Elliott, REM, and others become the soundtrack for the lives of Tosh, Dorene, Julie, Nicola, Iain, and Alicia; Nicola’s rendition of “Everybody Hurts” is sure to bring even the most jaded audience member to tears. But be assured: this is not a typically depressing movie about death. Rather, it’s a celebratory film about making the most of (the rest of) your life, told with equal parts humour and humanism. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Romayne Gallagher, a physician in the Palliative Care Program at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Professor in the Division of Palliative Care at UBC. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 – 7:30 PM
Best and Most Beautiful Things USA 2015. Dir: Garrett Zevgetis. 91 min. DCP
Twenty-year-old Michelle Smith, a recent high school grad living with her mom in rural Maine, wants the same things most young people want: adventure, romance, a job, and independence. But Michelle also has some unique challenges. She’s legally blind, has been diagnosed (possibly incorrectly) on the autism spectrum, and struggles with depression and anxiety. But this precocious and irrepressible young woman is determined to, as she says, “make the world her burrito.” Notwithstanding the appalling 75% unemployment rate amongst the visually impaired, and her family’s understandable concern, Michelle’s journey of self-discovery leads her down some interesting paths – into the kink and BDSM communities, towards a first love, and a solo trip to L.A. to explore a (possibly dodgy) internship as a voice actor. “One of the year’s most touching documentary films . . . A powerful, affecting journey into a young woman’s mind as she searches for connection and empowerment” (Xaque Gruber, Huffington Post). Post-screening discussion with Shawn Marsolais, founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings. Blind since age 18, Shawn obtained a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling in 2012 and has worked as an advocate for the visually impaired and their families for the past 20 years. This film will be presented with descriptive audio for the visually impaired and captions for the hearing impaired. Many thanks to VocalEye Descriptive Arts, a non-profit society and the first live descriptive arts service for the blind in Canada, for providing support and equipment. To reserve your receiver and earpiece, contact (604) 688-8202 or firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – 7:30 PM