Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Film and Mental Illness

I am posting a copy of an e-mail I received regarding a movie that has recently been released based upon a true story of the life of a boy growing up with a mother who had Schizophrenia. It details the experience that the family goes through as they struggle to help the mother receive help for her syptoms, stigma that the boy faced in school, and how they worked to overcome the damaging effects of this illness on the family.

In order for the movie to be released to other movie theatres, it has to have a large showing since it does not have the money to back it up.

Dear Richard,

I hope this finds you well. I believe Dona De Sanctis in DC has already written you. I am a proud Italian-American and the writer & director of the film "Canvas" -- an independent film that stars Joe Pantoliano and Marcia Gay Harden. In addition to the Sons of Italy endorsement, "Canvas" has received awards & endorsements from MHA (Mental Health America), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the endorsement of several well known doctors, including Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Paul Summergrad of TUFTS University just to name a few. "Canvas" has also received numerous awards at film festivals and rave reviews in Variety and most recently by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine. "Canvas" is a film inspired by my own childhood growing up with a mentally ill parent, and the movie is a wonderful opportunity to combat stigma and education -- a real advocacy tool if promoted properly. It is also a film about unconditional love and a positive portrayal of an Italian-American family.

Unfortunately, even though the film has won awards at film festivals, it is a small movie with a tiny advertising budget. As a result, we are relying on the goodwill of fellow Italian Americans such as yourself to spread the word. If the film does well on opening weekend, it will stay in the theaters and spread to cities across the country. Would you be so kind as to encourage your lodges in Chicago to come see the film on opening weekend? Perhaps one of your colleagues can send an email blast out to your membership about the film? We can also send you posters to put up at the lodges. Below is a link to the film's website where you can watch the trailer and read about the film in more detail. I truly hope you can help us spread the word. Anything you can do would be most appreciated. Thank you for your valuable time. ps: below is the theater and date where "Canvas" will be playing. Best, Joseph Greco

CANVAS in Chicago October 12th

AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9
600 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-9347


Cheryl said...

I hope they get a great turnout for this. Sounds like an important movie.

jAMiE said...

Sounds like a very worthwhile movie