Mad HeArts

by Jaene Francy Castrillion and Lisa Anita Wegner

Produced by White Bear Creative and Mighty Brave Productions

in collaboration with Workman Arts

Mad HeArts is a feature length documentary about the Workman Artists who connected, collaborated, performed, created, rehearsed, experimented and showed work during the organization’s residency on Dufferin Street’s St Anne’s Parish, in Toronto, Canada. 

Mad HeArts will investigate the vibrant twelve years inside this one-of-a-kind, brave, loving and supportive multidisciplinary art and mental health community. The building was to us a haven, a creative home, a studio, a theatre, a screening and exhibition space. Taking advantage of the video and photo documentation of the Workman Arts events, Lisa and Jaene will remain in conversation with Workman’s Artists for several seasons for rich and thorough interviews allowing the artist's stories to lead the creation of the film.

Workman Arts is on stolen land. 651 Dufferin Street is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, and the Wendat. Canada is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuk and Métis. 

Mighty Brave Productions acknowledges the land because growing up as immigrants, we never heard nor used  traditional names of the territories or people. Indigenous folx were talked about in the past tense as were their struggles. It is easier for Canada to deny Indigenous rights if we historicize their struggles and pretend they don’t exist. It is important to remember we live and work on stolen land. 



*A documentary looking at the transformation of lives through art*