Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 26-Sep-2006

Special to The Globe and Mail

One of last year’s best films was the tiny but gutsy New York production Keane, starring Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) as a disturbed transient who loiters in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal and accosts passersby for information about his alleged missing daughter.

Not surprisingly, the movie, with its obsessive use of long-take realism and gritty subject matter, did not find an audience in Canada’s multiplexes. But there is a place where maverick flicks that tackle psychiatric themes can reel and heal. The 3rd Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival starts this Thursday at Pacific Cinematheque.

Keane director Lodge Kerrigan (Claire Dolan; Clean, Shaven) will be in attendance on opening night, a chance for self-help groupies to ask how he dodged a nervous breakdown when one of his feature-film projects (In God’s Hands) had to be scrapped due to damaged negatives.

Among the other nine titles cued up for the couch are Braindamadj’d . . . Take II — the inspirational story of Montrealer Paul Nadler’s struggle with traumatic brain injury — and Grizzly Man, a bizarre memorial to Timothy Treadwell, the world’s most flamboyant amateur bear expert.

Frames of Mind runs May 4 to 7 at The Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St., 604-688-3456,


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