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Schizophrenic Musician Inspires Film, Foundation

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Schizophrenic Musician Inspires Film, Foundation

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Actor Jamie Foxx, (left), portrays Nathaniel Ayers in the upcoming film, "The Soloist." DreamWorks SKG hide caption

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The Soloist — an upcoming film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. — tells the story of a street musician, who is also a schizophrenic savant, named Nathaniel Anthony Ayers.

Now, Ayers' family has started a foundation in his name to support programs for people with mental illnesses who are also artistically gifted.

Tony Cox talks with Tony Moore, CEO of The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, about its mission and Ayers' story.