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photo Drawing From Life
By Katerina Cizek
National Film Board of Canada

Drawing From Life, The Bicycle, The Interventionists, and Hand-Held are all included on one DVD for the price of $248

Drawing From Life is a half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.

A hybrid verité documentary and animation, this unusual film is illuminated with visual metaphor and atmospheric animation. It's also a candid portrayal of a dozen people who together, for 20 weeks, take on their fears, their behaviours and ghosts to move towards life and away from suicide. It's a surprisingly uplifting and universal story about what it means to be alive.

Drawing From Life is a production of the National Film Board of Canada Filmmaker-in-Residence project, produced with the creative participation of Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Animation Arts Centre.

Included in the box set Filmmaker-in-Residence: The Complete Collection with The 7 Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence

31 minutes
© 2009
Purchase $248 DVD
Order No. QA-533
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Awards & Conference Screenings
Webby Award, 2008
Banff International Television Festival, Canada
Canadian New Media Award
World UN Summit Award
Grierson: Sheffield Innovation Award

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The Interventionists: A mental health nurse and a police officer ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding to 911 calls involving what are officially called "emotionally disturbed persons" (EDP).

Hand-Held: A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

The Seven Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence: The story of a groundbreaking project in media intervention at an inner-city hospital. What happens when documentary filmmaking, photoblogs, digital storytelling and more are used to investigate complex health issues?

Four Lives: Four people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and psychiatrists, share their struggles to achieve control over the illness and their lives.

Good Days, Bad Days: This intimate documentary profiles several individuals who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members.

Secret Fear: From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this multi-faceted documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder.

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website