Dialog Screen Works has a number of projects that we're working on receiving funding for, including a trilogy of shorts (10 minutes and under), focusing on individuals who were shot and killed by police, largely because of their mental health histories.
77 Spadina - February 20, 1997, Edmond Yu is shot and killed on the Spadina bus after wielding a small, child-sized carpenter hammer that he reportedly used for "ceremonial purposes". A budding medical student a decade prior, Yu dropped-out largely because he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had difficulty in his studies. More on our production blog.
Milverton Blvd. - February 3, 2012, Michael Eligon leaves a hospital at the end of a 72-hour mental health assessment, clad in only a hospital gown and socks. He is shot and killed by Toronto police who allege he was threatening them with edged-weapons in his hands. More on our production blog.
(Untitled Project) - A police officer relives a traumatic event where he is forced to shoot a mentally ill woman attacking him with a large knife. Praised by his colleagues and cleared of wrong-doing, the officer deals with the personal turmoil of his decisions privately.
They Heard Voices - An experimental documentary challenging the assumptions made about schizophrenia and those afflicted with the condition.