Workman Arts Celebrates 25 Years
The Toronto Premiere Screening of
“William Kurelek’s The Maze”
Followed by a panel discussion exploring art, mental health and faith
On Friday, October 19, Workman Arts and their annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival honour milestone anniversaries with the Toronto premiere of the feature-length documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze – a film about the life and art of renowned Canadian artist William Kurelek.
Brothers Nick and Zack Young produced, restored and reimagined their father’s unseen 1969 film about Kurelek, who struggled with mental health issues and was institutionalized in hospitals that used artistic programming for his therapy. Kurelek described The Maze (an artwork from which the film draws its title) as “a painting of the inside of [his] skull which [he] painted while in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals.”
To date confirmed as panel participants for the discussion on art, faith, and mental health are Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Rev. Gary van der Meer, visual artist Lisa Walter, filmmaker Nick Young and William’s son Stephen Kurelek.
This screening launches the 20th Anniversary of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, running November 9 – 17, and is held in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Anne’s Church. As an added bonus, guests will be treated to a pre-screening talk about the art and architecture of St. Anne’s at 7 p.m. The film screening starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the general public are $15 and are available at online at http://www.tinyurl.com/WApresentsTheMaze or at the door subject to availability (cash only).
William Kurelek’s The Maze is a timeless film about an artist, his creations, his inner demons and the external influences – both good and bad – that shaped his work.
(Canada 2012, Toronto Premiere, 60 minutes)
Directed by: Robert M. Young & David Grubin
Cinematography: Robert M. Young
Editors: David Grubin, Zack Young, Nick Young, Roger Cohen
Produced & Reimagined by: Nick Young & Zack Young
Original Music & Animations by: Nick Young & Zack Young (A.i.)
Executive Producers: Irwin Young & Stanley Plotnick
About Nick and Zack Young
Brothers Nick and Zack Young, who comprise the Los Angeles based rock band A.i. (once signed to Dreamworks and now independent at aimusic.com) are the founders of the visual fx company Machineyes. Along with restoring and completing their father’s film, they also wrote the song for the end credits entitled Someone With Me, named after Kurelek’s autobiography.
About Workman Arts
Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/ exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.