DAN AND MARGOT is the intimate look into the life of a young modern woman struggling to take back the three years of her life that she lost to schizophrenia. With transparency and even humour, we will confront the notion of schizophrenia through a female character-driven portrayal that asks questions about the deep-seated stigmatization of mental illness within our culture and the way in which we all choose to cope with our past, present and future.
Not long ago Margot was haunted by the voices in her head. She was stalked, sexually harassed and tormented by a person who never really existed. For three years this went on, leading Margot into a deep depression until finally she was hospitalized and diagnosed.
Today, Margot is trying to gain back the years she lost during her episodes. She wants four things: to move out of her parent's house, to meet others like herself, to find satisfying work and ultimately to discover love.
As she gets closer to achieving what she wants, she continues to grapple with her illness. Schizophrenia is a life-long condition and the chance of relapsing is ever-present. When we start to see signs of paranoia in Margot involving a new male figure, the line between reality and perception is blurred. We, as filmmakers, can’t help but get entangled in the fear of what lies ahead.
Margot gives a voice to the many relatable stories of mental illness as she demonstrates a person’s right to fail, living with one’s past traumas and hope, the key to human existence.
Running Time: 75 mins
Screening Format: HD/ 5.1 Surround/ 16:9 Color 23.98fps 1920x1080p
Country and Year of Production: Canada 2015
Chloe Sosa-Sims is a Toronto-based director/ producer whose background spans 10 years across film festivals, markets, distribution/ aggregation companies and production. DAN AND MARGOT is her feature debut, which is currently playing on Super Channel in Canada, selling internationally, and has played a number of festivals around the world.Her projects achieve to engage audiences with social issues inside out- focusing on how the emotional core shapes the world around us.
In 2013, Chloe launched Silence & Space Productions Inc. and today, she co-heads the Toronto chapter of Film Fatales. She also works on a freelance basis doing producing, research & programming. Her previous work includes 5 years as the Industry Programmer at Hot Docs where she launched the popular market event Hot Docs Deal Maker, as well as running various year-round initiatives. She holds a BAH in Film & Media from Queen’s University.
6 years of film school and 8 freelancing put a ring on Jake Chirico's marriage between theory and practice. In between steady work as a freelance cinematographer and a camera assistant for Discovery Channel Canada (Exploration Production Inc.) Jake hits the streets with various personal projects. Mental illness, graffiti writing, and HIV/AIDS are subjects he's grown close to as an emerging cinematographer, director, editor and photographer. He is a Canon C100 owner/operator. Extensive experience traveling with camera work (Africa/Asia/Europe/Americas/beyond) has given him a unique perspective on the power of film as a gateway to exploring human nature. Jake's first short documentary premiered at Hot Docs 2010 (The Freshwater Plague) and his feature film debut as a co-director/cinematographer, a portrait of a young woman with schizophrenia shot over 2 years, has been picked up by the Super Channel and will be delivered mid-2015. Jake's experience has helped him develop a unique eye for the unexpected, fluidity in collaboration, strong improvisational abilities, and a dogged work ethic that is consistent on any set. And he's worked with wolves.
Born in Pakistan and raised in Switzerland, Haya moved to Canada in hopes of pursuing a career in film and television. Since completing Media Arts at Sheridan College in 2012, Haya has had the pleasure of consistently working across various editing platforms, including major corporate campaigns, officially selected short films and three feature length documentaries that have broadcasted in Canada and Beijing, as well as a dramatic feature film for Shaftesbury Films and Telefilm Canada. Haya hopes to continue in the field of editing after Dan & Margot!
Lodewijk Vos worked as the in-house composer for MTV,Comedy Central and Nickelodeon in Amsterdam before moving to Toronto to work as a freelance composer. He has worked out of San Francisco, New York City and studied with Tom Elmhurst (mixer of Adele, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys) in Avignon, France.
Joseph Murray graduated with an Honours degree in Music from the University of Guelph where he focused his studies on Music Composition. Covering a wide range of musical styles including Classical, Jazz, Avant Garde, Electronic & Pop, this background allows him to adapt his skills to various projects.
Working together as Menalon, Lodewijk & Joseph have scored, produced, remixed, installed and performed on a wide variety of projects. Commercially, some of the companies they have worked with include: Google, HBO, MTV, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Roots, Advil & The Bay. They’ve scored award winning films that have screened internationally, including: The Weatherman & The Shadowboxer, No Contract, Portrait as a Random Act of Violence and the feature Documentary, The NY Pizza Confessions. The pair have worked on interactive episodes for ENDGAME and Rookie Blue as well as contributed songs to the hit TV series Boundless.
VICTORY SOCIAL CLUB, POST-PRODUCTION TEAM
In Photo: Marcel Ramagnano (Sound), Finlay Braithwaite (Sound), Andres Landau (Post Supervisor), Missing from photo: Zachary Cox (Colour)
Victory Social Club is a multi-disciplinary production and design collective based in Toronto, Canada. We are filmmakers, directors, designers, sound editors, picture editors, animators, and educators.
We produce a wide range of work including, 2D, 3D & stop motion animation, live action and visual effects, motion graphics for film and television as well as graphic design for both print and web.
VSC's work has garnered critical acclaim and industry awards, including an Emmy Award, an American Film Institute Award, several Gemini Awards, a World Photography Organization award, a Genie award, and an Academy Award nomination.
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More to announce soon....
February 6th, Saturday: 2:00 PM - Victoria Film Festival (Victoria, BC Canada) - Odeon Theatre #1
March 6th, Sunday: 3:30 PM - Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, CA US)- Camera 12 Cinema
March 7th, Monday: 2:00 PM - Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, CA US)- Camera 12 Cinema
March 8th, Tuesday: 7:00 PM - Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, CA US)- Camera 12 Cinema
May 17th, Tuesday: 6:00 PM- "Films Changing the World” Series (Toronto, ON Canada) - The Hot Docs Bloor Cinema
May 25th, Tuesday: 5:00 PM- Schizophrenia Awareness Day Film Festival (Vancouver, BC Canada)- The Cinematheque
September 30th, Friday: 10:30 AM- The Other Film Festival (Melbourne, VIC Australia) - State Library Victoria, Experimedia
October 10th, Monday: 7:00 PM- Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)- James Gillespie's High School
October 15th, Saturday: 4:00 PM- Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (Glasgow, Scotland)- Centre for Contemporary Arts
November 22nd, Tuesday: 7:00 PM- TIFF Reel Comfort Programme (Toronto, ON Canada)- University of Toronto
January 25th, Wednesday: 7:00 PM- Shadows of the Mind Film Festival "Bell Let's Talk Day" (Sault St. Marie) - Multi Media Centre, Sault College
February 28th, Tuesday: 9:30 AM- Shadows of the Mind Film Festival (Sault St. Marie, ON Canada) - The Grand Theatre
March 15th, Wednesday: 7:30 PM- Picture This.... Film Festival (Calgary, AB Canada) - Calgary Scope Society
September 12, Tuesday: 7:00 PM- Ability Fest (Chennai, India)- Sathyam Cinemas
CAMH (TIFF Reel Comfort)