February 08, 2007

Movie "Canvas" Shown at Mental Health Symposium

After Joe Pantoliano, producer and star of a new movie, "Canvas" [a movie that focuses on one family's experience with schizophrenia], told Tufts University professor Richard Lerner about the movie, Lerner arranged a 90-minute symposium at Tufts University, during which the movie was shown. The symposium was attended by more than 350 mental illness specialists, community leaders, students, and residents.

Writer and director, Joseph Greco, upon whose own life as the son of a mother with schizophrenia the movie was based, was at the symposium.

"It's like a love letter to my parents," Greco said. "I felt this was my way of sublimating what I had gone through. Every filmmaker has something they are passionate about, and for me, it's mental illness."
Lerner said he believes that the movie accurately presents the effects of schizophrenia on the whole family and offers a message of hope.

Read full article: Big-screen treatment for schizophrenia (Boston Globe)

Additional Reading: New Film on Schizophrenia - "Canvas"

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


I would like to see the movie, I understand it is being shown in large cities such as Chicago and St. Louis. Is it possible to find out what areas of those cities it is being shown.

I live in Central Illinois and would like to know if it will be shown in this area any time soon.

I have a family member who just turned 21 and I am very interested in this movie. I know there is a great need for it in this area.

Thank you.

Posted by: Patty Kelly at October 7, 2007 03:24 AM

I passed along the information about this movie to family and friends. I'd like to encourage everyone to take the time to do so. It just came from my heart. Additionally, I included a picture of my late son, and this brief caption:

"It is just a word, schizophrenia, but behind the word is a horrific disease. Schizophrenia is not a joke, it dose not mean the affected have a split personality, it does not mean the affected are criminals, or they can not feel the pain or sting of you words. You CAN TAKE responsiblity for what comes out of your mouth, it reflects your heart - end the stigma of schizophrenia. Find a cure, and when you hear the word - schizophrenia - remember, April's son, Billy Jay Ward, 1980-2004, and the courageous fight he maintained against this brain disease."

Stuart, Florida

Posted by: April Boatman Robinson at October 9, 2007 06:28 AM

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE . . . I am DESPERATE to see this movie, as are SO many others intimately involved with mental health issues and family members suffering from these disorders.

Can you tell me if this film is coming to the Olympia, Washington area and when?

Thank you so much.

Posted by: Beth Johnson at October 11, 2007 11:18 PM

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