Movie Monday's Serious Purpose
Movie Monday shows some silly shows - A Funny Thing Happened to Me on
the Way to the Forum - Spaceballs - Some Like it Hot - Mrs. Doubtfire - Annie
Hall - it's good to laugh, humour is good medicine. But the underlying purpose
of the project is very serious - and it works!
We're achieving all the goals stated in the concept statement. We've
had good houses even through the thin summer months when some recommended we
shut down for a break. Mrs. Doubtfire and Star Wars packed the theatre and the
audiences were 'mixed to the max'. People who've never been to this place
before. Audiences having a good time. Some people actually coming because,
"it's Monday," and they know something good'll be on, not just because it's a
movie they've been wanting to see. I consider that the ultimate compliment.
The program has just recently had a major newspaper article, a tv spot,
and is achieving broader recognition. Kids shout out at me 'Hey Movie Monday
Guy!' at the recycling depot. I saw a t-shirt on a kid riding down Esquimalt
Rd. the other day and our shirts have been to London, Paris, Brussels, even
I've been showing 'consumer art' right from the beginning but recently
took some artists to this year's World Schizophrenic Conference Art Exhibition
in Vancouver - a start on a video documentary that I hope will make a strong
statement about the importance of a forum that will encourage "outsiders" to
explore their creative abilities. Soon we'll have a sparkling lobby to, at
least during M.M. events, show what we can do - what's new. I've just
photographed some of the downtown street graffiti art and will be featuring an
evening video presentation about that soon.
Included in this six week's set are two excellent movies that will
explore the theme on Mental Illness Awareness Week in early October. Another
worthy reason for MM - that I hope will 'spin off' a regular forum to explore
all the positive materials and initiatives that often are not accessed by the
workers and consumers in the field.
Movie Monday is working - see you at the movies.