Finding Ourselves: A short documentary about the arts and mental health

In spring (2015) Terri Roberton and ISIS/CREATE students Marina Mikhail, Virginia Tran and Priscila Diaz collaborated on an animation film project in two locations with the Toronto Animated Image Society and Margarets. TAIS has Trillium Funding for mobile animation units to go out to marginalized populations to create pilot films that could be further funded later. Now we will try to write a grant to do a longer formal version of the experiment. The Margarets environment includes low-income and homeless adults facing mental health and/or addiction challenges. The proposed theme was “How there isn’t enough of the right kind of housing for everybody”. One client wrote and sang a song about their experience with the difficulties of finding appropriate housing and living outside. Three other participants wrote poems about their housing experiences. The audio isn’t synched to the images. We are saving them for the longer project. Both films were on a loop shown at the Trillium Funding Acknowledgement evening held at the TAIS office. The whole process took 4 hours. What a great adventure for the people to view their art work in motion on Youtube. Thank you to TAIS Outreach director, Jonathan Culp for getting the ball rolling!