Crisis Call &
My Son the Tattoo Artist
23 - 25 Apr 2005

Movie Monday is proud to be presenting Toronto filmmaker Laura Sky with her films My Son The Tattoo Artist Sat 23 at MM and Crisis Call at St Johns Church Hall Sunday 24 at 7pm and Monday 25 6:30 at the Movie Monday Theatre. Details below....

Sponsors Of This Event
B.C. Schizophrenia Society - Victoria Branch
Canada Council For The Arts
Janssen Ortho
Eli Lilly
St John The Divine Anglican Church
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Yo Video and
The Province Of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services, supports this event as part of Prevention

Saturday 23 April 2005
My Son the Tattoo Artist
Tattoos used to be the mark of sailors, evidence of excesses in foreign ports. Or the brands of tough guys in biker gangs. These days everybody, especially young people, but even the middle-aged nurse in my mum's extended care facility, is sporting tattoos. And then there's the piercings! Why would you deface and stick rings through perfectly fine bodies? To an unmarked, unpierced old fellow like myself this looks like a bizarre trend.

Toronto filmmaker Laura Sky and Movie Monday present MY SON THE TATTOO ARTIST, her most personal film made to date. In this feature documentary Laura focuses her camera on her son, well-known Vancouver tattoo artist Adam Sky and his world. An emotional film about the choices our adult children make and a great look at the work of tattoo artists in Vancouver, what informs their creative work, and the function of tattoos in people's lives. (Canada 1999)

Sunday 23 & Monday 24 April 2005
Crisis Call
Crisis Call, by Laura Sky, addresses a critical issue affecting the police, psychiatric survivors, legal experts, mental health workers and the public. The starting point for this unique documentary is the story of Edmond Yu, a psychiatric survivor in crisis who was shot and killed by Toronto police after a 1997 altercation on a city transit bus. Award-winning producer-director Laura Sky asks, is there any way to prevent a mental health crisis from escalating into violence? For answers she looks to the police, psychiatric survivors, and to many others involved in crisis interventions. Crisis Call documents their candid, often compelling stories as they challenge the current system and search for solutions.

Crisis Call's goal is to facilitate an exchange of ideas and information amongst everyone involved in crisis interventions. This documentary will be a valuable tool for skills training and sensitization in police colleges and services, mental health facilities, legal education programs, psychiatric survivor organizations, public forums and anti-discrimination programs.

Crisis Call presents these first-hand experiences Andria Cowan - one of three Toronto police officers involved in the 1997 shooting of Edmond Yu. Cowan, who has never before spoken publicly about that tragic event, offers her personal response to the shooting and its aftermath. Stella Montour - who talks about the multi-layered prejudice she's experienced as a woman, as an Aboriginal person and as a psychiatric survivor. She also describes how she was assaulted in a psychiatric facility, and how police ignored her crisis. Shaun Davis - a young man, who in a full-blown psychotic state triggered by a medication overdose, forced a bus off the highway near Thunder Bay in 2000, resulting in the death of one of the passengers. In an exclusive interview, Davis tells how he could not find help for his impending crisis in a small, northern Ontario town. The Honourable Mr. Justice Edward F. Ormston, Mental Health Diversion Court, Toronto region - "Twenty-five to thirty percent of the prison population suffers from a major mental illness... Jail is the only place that's open to the homeless mentally ill person 24 hours a day." Crisis Call visits the Montreal Detention Centre, revealing the disturbing conditions inside its psychiatric unit. Sergeant Alan McKenzie, Thunder Bay Emergency Task Unit (ETU), who states "...we've now learned through a hard lesson that people who are psychiatric survivors in crisis are in fact, in crisis, not criminals." Viewers meet Sergeant McKenzie during a tense and vivid ETU training exercise that ends with a successfully negotiated surrender. But the question remains: are survivors traumatized by encounters with military-like ETU's, or do these units represent a de-escalation of force, by offering a range of response options for police?

The production of Crisis Call has been funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, the National Crime Prevention Partnership Program, the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Laidlaw Foundation, the RBC Foundation, and the Jackman Foundation. Crisis Call will tour across the country with community premieres and workshops. Read a related newspaper article.

For more information, you can contact Sky Works by telephone at (416) 536-6581 For a copy of the VHS tape, call V Tape at (416) 351-1317

For more information, you can contact Sky Works by telephone at (416) 536-6581. For a copy of the VHS tape, call V Tape at (416) 351-1317 or visit the web site at

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province Of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.