Tuesday, October 09, 2007

CANVAS (The Movie): This is Mental Illness Awareness Week

(from NAMI): Help CANVAS Fight Stigma This Week
Movie about a boy whose mother has schizophrenia — Spread the word about the movie, no matter where you live.

View the Trailer

Just in time for Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13), the movie CANVAS is being released in Chicago and New York on Friday, to be followed by three other cities next week. If Friday and Saturday ticket sales run high in these five cities, the release may expand to 200 cities nationwide.

Starring Emmy Award-winner Joe Pantoliano and Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, CANVAS is the story of a family's struggle with schizophrenia. It educates as well as entertains. It will build awareness about mental illness and strike a blow against stigma--but only if enough people see it. In order for the movie to reach a nationwide audience, please take action to help:

• Spread the word! Please spread the word now with a personal message to family and friends in the cities below—and friends elsewhere.
• Buy tickets on-line early each week. You don't even have to live in the opening cities. Tickets make great gifts or donations. Use the links below to purchase tickets online.
• If you live in one of the five cities, go see the movie on a Friday or Saturday. Take a friend. Go in a group. Hold a discussion afterwards.

Starting October 12...
• In Chicago, AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9, 600 N. Michigan Ave. 60611
• In New York, Regal Union Square Stadium 14, 850 Broadway, 10003

Starting October 19...
• In Los Angeles, Laemmie Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Boulevard, 90046
• In Phoenix, Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd, (Scottsdale) 85260
• In Fort Lauderdale, check local listings as the date approaches.