Sensitive and Beautifully Realized Film Deals with the Subject of Living with Schizophrenia
WHO: A new movie written and directed by Joseph Greco, starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, and Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano.
WHAT: Canvas is a revelatory drama, based on a true story, about a family’s experience with schizophrenia and its effects on the whole family.
WHERE: Breslin Theatre at Felician College, 262 S. Main St. Lodi NJ
WHEN: Friday, September 28th, 2007 at 7:pm
ADMISSION: Tickets available, free of charge, on a first come first serve basis.
MEET THE ARTISTS: Following the screening, each participant will have the opportunity to meet our distinguished panel: Writer/Director Joseph Greco and Emmy winner, Sopranos star, Joe Pantoliano, along with Bob Davison, MA, LPC, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Essex County, Sylvia Axelrod, MA, Executive Director of NAMI NJ and Vice Chair of the NJ Governor’s Council, and Robin Cunningham, Consumer, Advocate and member of the NJ Governor’s Council.
Presented by the Care Plus Foundation, this evening was made possible by the:
NJ GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA
This was an extremely entertaining and enlightening evening for all, with almost 600 people in attendance. This evening helped shed light on the issue of mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it. The presence of so many New Jerseyans was significant because the stigma of mental illness is not just a local issue, not just a national issue…it is a global issue.
Schizophrenia can be treated through both medication and appropriate therapy. The support of family and friends is shown to have a great impact on the wellness and recovery. We must remember that an individual living with mental illness should be accorded the same respect, support, and compassion as any individual living with any illness.
The Council is committed to fighting stigma and will continue to do so through respect, understanding, and change.