October 17, 2006

New Film on Schizophrenia - "Canvas"

There is a new movie due out this month that looks to be a very high-quality production and is focused on schizophrenia in a family environment. The new movie is titled "Canvas", and stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Emmy-winner Joe Pantaliano, and Devon Gearhart.

On October 21-22, Canvas will have its official world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York, the first step toward theatrical release.

Written and directed by NAMI member Joe Greco, the film is inspired by his family’s experience with mental illness.

A father and young son contend with the mother’s battle against schizophrenia. Hope alternates with frustration, while love overcomes stigma. After the mother is hospitalized, the father begins to build a sailboat that recalls a happier time in his life, while the son comes of age and finds relationships transformed.

“Canvas is one of the few dramatic films that are authentic in their depiction of schizophrenia,” said NAMI executive director Mike Fitzpatrick, after it received an emotional standing ovation at the convention. ”It is both heart-breaking and heart-warming.”

“It has the potential to touch the general public even more than the movie A Beautiful Mind, which was itself a break-through, because it focuses not on a Nobel prize-winning mathematician genius, but on an ordinary family. It is a story that people can identify with.”

It also presents break-out role for Pantaliano, whose sensitive portrayal as the father is a dramatic departure from wise-cracking, bad-guy roles that he has played in films such as Risky Business and the television series The Sopranos.

For more information see the film web site: www.canvasthefilm.com

Source: NAMI Connection


its great to see adramatic experience of psychiatric disease.where can i get the dvd of this movie.....?

Posted by: dr shrikant at October 31, 2006 08:05 AM

My 24 year old son has schizophrenia and I would like to know when the movie will be aired please.

Posted by: christy scott at November 13, 2006 12:12 PM

We were wondering how we might be able to view a copy of the movie "Canvas".

Posted by: Columbian Centre Society at March 9, 2007 03:00 PM

Hello, My wife and I are wondering how we can get a copy of the my canvas?

Posted by: darren gregory at May 20, 2007 11:33 AM

After seeing the screening of this heart filled movie and working in the mental health field as an administrator and would like to know where I can get a copy of this movie

Posted by: Jan Hamilton at October 18, 2007 06:39 AM

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