Lessons in Temperament Screening in Partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille
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 Times
100% of box office proceeds from this screening will go to Stella's Place.
Lessons in Temperament is 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.
STELLA'S PLACE is THE place for young adults in Toronto, aged 16 to 29, who are experiencing mental health challenges to get the support they need. The Stella’s Place ‘menu’ includes peer support, clinical services, employment support, wellness, art, and recovery programs. They work to help young adults learn skills, build community and be empowered to manage their own mental health. At Stella’s Place, they provide much-needed support to more than 1,200 young adults and their families each year.
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.