Master Class



The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival presents a Master Class with Karina Garcia Casanova who will be presenting her documentary Juanicas (Nov 8, 2015).

Monday, November 9th, 12pm – 4pm
Workman Arts (651 Dufferin Street)


Karina Garcia Casanova is a Mexican born filmmaker based in Montréal, Canada. After studying Philosophy and Communications, she interned at Eyesteelfilm and worked as a producer for CBC Television. Her award winning short films (The Great Thinkers, Disown Delete) have been broadcast and shown in numerous films festivals and institutions. Juanicas is her first feature documentary. It has received several jury mentions including best first film at the Montréal International documentary Film Festival (RIDM), the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and FIDOCS (Chile).


Learn about Karina’s process while filming Juanicas. This autobiographical film is a heartbreaking chronicle of a family struggling with rootlessness and mental illness. Using material shot over almost 10 years, filmmaker Karina Garcia Casanova documents her complex relationship with her mother and brother, both suffering from bipolar disorder. She starts filming when Juan, her brother returns to live in Canada after several years in Mexico.

At first the camera provides a distance that helps them reconnect with each other, but soon old patterns returns. As her brother’s downward spiral unravels, the viewer is taken on a journey as heart-wrenching as it is illuminating.

Karina will discuss the challenges and successes she faced while shooting this personal perspective documentary. For the second half of the class, participants will be asked to bring their own film proposals or rough cut excerpts of personal perspective documentaries for discussion, feedback and trouble-shooting with the group lead by Karina.

To apply please send the following to Cara Spooner at by Monday, October 26th at 5pm:

  • A short bio
  • A short film proposal (under 500 words) OR a 5 minute excerpt* of a first person documentary you have shot (or are shooting)
    *Vimeo and YouTube links only, please provide the password if it is protected
  • A short (under 500 words) paragraph about why you would like to participate

NOTE: 7 Workman Arts members and 7 non-Workman Arts filmmakers will be chosen to participate. The workshop is free for Workman Arts members and costs $60.00 for non-Workman Arts filmmakers. All applicants will be notified either way by Oct 27th at the latest.