Adam Paolozza is an award-winning performer, director, writer and producer.
In 2014, Paolozza created Bad New Days to produce his own projects and explore his vision of a contemporary poetic theatre of gesture. This week, the company will premiere their new production of ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE in Toronto’s Theatre Centre.
The importance of mental health awareness has been a focus for Workman Arts for years. This year is no different, especially with their linup for the 29th edition of the Rendezvous With Madness Festival (RWM). This is one of the largest and longest-running arts festival in the world dedicated to the intersection of mental health and artistic expression.
Since many of us are still feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.
I have attended RWF for many years, and highly recommend you join in this year if you are able to. The list here includes my personal recommendations for films and other events that have piqued my interest.
The year 2021 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. To commemorate the historical occasion, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a poignant hybrid-cinema experience to explore the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico.
Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador (played by newcomer Eduardo San Juan Breña), Reyes recreates Hernán Cortez’s epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As this fictional character is forced to interact with real victims and subjects of Mexico’s failed drug wars, Reyes portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five-hundred years later.
The Bentonville Film Foundation will be presenting an excellent lineup of narrative, documentary feature, and short film selections debuting in the 2021 Bentonville Film Festival’s (BFF) competition program set for August 2-8 in Bentonville, USA.
BFF’s lineup, I am delighted to see a diverse selection of films directed by women, IBPOC, AAPI, and LGBTQIA+ commnunities.
This year’s BFF will also combine virtual and safe in-person events, including premieres, conversations, awards, and events to produce a hybrid experience for festival attendees.
I may not be attending the festival in-person, but I am certainly happy to share my picks with you all.