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CANVAS Premier and  Benefit Screening

Robert Baruc, Joseph Pantoliano with daughter Isabella Pantoliano, Kenneth J. Dudek, president of Fountain House.

On October 9, Fountain House joined forces with The Creative Coalition and No Kidding, Me Too! to sponsor the New York premiere and benefit screening of  CANVAS , a film by Joseph Greco, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Pantoliano and Devon Gearhart at The French Institute.

Canvas, is the story of a family coping with the mother's schizophrenia; it is loosely based on Mr. Greco's childhood experience. Canvas won numerous awards on the film festival circuit and has been hailed for its authentic performances and its honest and balanced portrayal of a family in crisis – the heartbreak and the humor. The film puts a very human face on mental illness, a condition still widely misunderstood and stigmatized in society and in the media. Canvas stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano and newcomer Devon Gearhart, all of whom were in attendance at the premiere.

Also walking the red carpet at The French Institute were Eli Wallach, Kerry Washington, and Giancarlo Esposito. The film played to an enthusiastic audience of 230; the screening was followed by a question and answer session with the director and principal actors and a cocktail reception. Kenneth Dudek, president of Fountain House, opened the evening and spoke of the organization.

Marcia Gay Harden.

Director Joseph Greco.

Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Pantoliano, Robin Bronk and Giancarlo Esposito.

Kerry Washington.

Robin Bronk, Kerry Washington and Robert Baruc.

Marcia Gay Harden, Devon Gearhart and Joe Pantoliano.

Eli Wallach and Joe Pantoliano.

Robyn Marks, Sharon Lane, producer/executive producer;
Emma Snowdon Jones.

Paul Rolnick, Suzzane Bleck and
Alan Rolnick, executive producer.

Adam Hammel, Guest, Joe Pantoliano, Jacob and Angela Arabo, Lucy Hammel.

Allison Woolworth and Byrdie Bell.

Paul Rolnick, Karen Mason, John Cassale.

David Grunig, Mary Pioppo, Kristian Laliberte.

Suzie Woolworth, Baker Woolworth and Allison Woolworth.

Photos: ©Manhattan 2007 by Christopher London
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