Lessons in Temperament Screening in Partnership with The Stratford Festival
258 Wallace Ave
258 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 3M9, Canada
An Outside the March Film
"A memoir of minds gone out of tune" - The New York Times100% of box office proceeds from this screening will go to CAMH.
The story of four neurodiverse brothers, told through a cinematic escape into the art and science of piano tuning. An instrument goes out of tune whether or not anyone plays it – something that musician and theatre-maker James Smith knows all too well. So after months of being unemployed during the pandemic, he decides that he will spend his lockdown visiting shuttered theatres, and doing what he can to keep their pianos in tune. This ritual soon unlocks James’ own search for balance, growing up as one of four brothers living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Adapted into a feature film by Smith and Director Mitchell Cushman from their award-winning play, Lessons in Temperament offers an urgent and cathartic story that takes the audience inside James’ mind, inside his piano, and inside a dozen of Ontario’s most iconic theatres - courtesy of The Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper Theatre, The Harbourfront Centre, Crow’s Theatre, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Talk is Free Theatre.
Lessons in Temperament will have its world premiere with a run of live and virtual screenings between November 13th and 27th, 2021. The live screenings, hosted by TO Live, Soulpepper and The Rose Theatre, will offer audiences the immersive experience of watching the film in some of the environments in which it was shot. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the largest mental health and addiction organization in Canada and is a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Through specialized treatment, community services, research, education and prevention, CAMH works to improve the quality of life for people who are struggling with mental illness or addiction and to support their families and friends. CAMH has focused on a seamless integration of addiction and mental health services in a functional and flexible environment. CAMH has central facilities located in Toronto, Ontario and 10 community locations throughout the province. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. CAMH was formed in 1998 as a result of the merger of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, the Addiction Research Foundation, the Donwood Institute and Queen Street Mental Health Centre.
MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS
Lessons in Temperament may contain some triggering scenes about mental health crises, suicide, violence, homelessness. We recognize that some of this material may be difficult for our audience members. In response, all screenings of Lessons in Temperament will be staffed by an active listener who will offer trauma-informed emotional support and a list of resources for anyone who may need it.