Jan 10, 2020

By Christine Ross

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The winter blues are very common, with many experiencing a mood shift during the colder, darker days of winter. But for people already experiencing mental health issues, these are especially challenging days. To help reduce the stigma. HOT DOCS is presenting a series of free documentaries. Documentary maker Heather Lenz trained her lens on the top female selling artist in the world, Japan’s Yayoi Kusama, who created the wildly popular infinity mirror installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario.The now 90-year-old survived years of mental health trauma and uses art as therapy.

The series also includes CRACKED UP, a powerful documentary into the life of comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond who reveals a dark past of abuse.

The third docmentary MYSTIFY looks at the life of Michael Hutchence, former frontman with the band INXS.

HOT DOCS Cinema managing director Alan Black says they decided to tell stories about people with big lives but also had challenges with mental health. This 3rd annual doc series will feature a post screening panel of experts designed to spur conversations, reduce stigma, and serve as a reminder you’re not alone. “We deal with so many tragic stories every day and internalize them and get stressed out and upset and it’s really important to focus on your own wellness,” says Black. The free screenings are scheduled for the Hot Docs Cinema at Bloor and Bathurst January 15th, 21st and 29th. For more, visit

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