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Saturday, August 3, 2013

United States of Autism

A number of posts have discussed fictional films and documentaries about autism.  Here is a release from The United States of Autism:
After the sizzling US domestic success of the award winning film “The United States of Autism”, it will begin its Oscar qualification run in New York City and LA from August 9th – 16th. With multiple daily showings during the week at Quad Cinema in NYC’s Greenwich Village and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA, it seeks to be the first documentary focused on autism to ever win an Academy award at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, CA.
The film follows Richard Everts’ 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across America to visit twenty families and individuals living with autism. Interviewees come from a broad cultural spectrum from Mormon to Muslim and Hispanic to Chinese. Each person shows how autism has shaped their world, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, yet always with significance. What Everts learns along the way changes not only his life, but the lives of those he meets, forever.
The United States of Autism donates 25% of net proceeds from each theatrical screening or up to 100% net of a fundraising private event to a local family/individual/organization affected by autism. It’s helped raise over $20,000 for local autism groups around the country to date. For more information on hosting or to request a screening, go to