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Joey Pantoliano Showing Movie on Mental Illness

Screening tonight in Stamford at Avon Theatre

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 13, 2014 At 10:49 AM

Emmy-winning actor and author Joey Pantoliano is known for his roles on TV and in movies, but he's also directed his own film.

His documentary "No Kidding!  Me Too!"  aims to erase the stigmas that are commonly associated with mental illness.

"I was fascinated by the shame, bigotry and discrimination that shrouds this diagnosis," said Joey Pantoliano.  "The movie needs to inspire the conversation so that it's open."

Pantoliano was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2006.  In the film, he tells his story and the stories of others, going through their own mental health journey to recovery.  

"You'd be surprised how people will say, 'You know, no kidding.  I know exactly what that feels like,' and give you alternatives," said Pantoliano.  "I want to make it cool and trendy to talk about emotional dis-ease, because it is, it's a dis-ease.  And if there's anything that we're trying to grab at is some kind of peace of mind."

The film will be shown Tuesday, May 13, at the Avon Theatre in Stamford.  Pantoliano will be there for a Q and A after.  The screening, will start at 7:30 p.m. and is also hosted by Family Centers and Stamford Public Schools.  

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