AWI Short Film Competition

Off Suit

This animated true story, set in a jail, pits the blue suits against the brown suits and calls into question the true definition of “crazy”.


Content heads up: incarceration, stigma, very brief mention of murder and rape

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Director: Lou de Estores + Derreck Roemer

Director: Lou Estores is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist. Art, architecture and filmmaking have been his passions since childhood. From 2016 – 2018 Lou was a participant in Recovery Advocacy Documentary Action Research (RADAR) a collective of academics and filmmakers, from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, using the participatory video method to create short films and documentaries about mental illness. Along with Off Suit, Estores made a number of other mental health- themed films through RADAR, including Finding Ourselves and Bill Bissett: The Gypsy Dreamer. Lou continues to make films outside of the RADAR project, which ended in early 2018. Producer: Derreck Roemer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have been broadcast and exhibited around the globe. From 2016 – 2018, as a facilitator on the RADAR Toronto team, Derreck worked with a small group of consumer survivors to help them to make their own films about issues they face living with mental illness. He helped participants make 10 of the total of 26 short films produced by the RADAR collective. Currently, Derreck is producing and co- directing a feature-length documentary about addiction for TVO.

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Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...


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