Autism Awareness Month
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Director Roger Ross Williams says that his new documentary, "Life, Animated," is "a very universal coming of age tale. It's really about growing up." But it is a very specific story as well. It follows Owen Suskind, a young man with autism, as he graduates and leaves home and gets a job. Suskind, whose father wrote a best-selling book also called Life, Animated , used Disney films to help h ...
Owen Suskind tells me, “It feels interesting to be on the autism spectrum and fascinating.” His parents remember what he has said to them about how it feels to have autism. Ron Suskind reminds him, “Remember you said you see everything at once and you can remember all the moments in your life, maybe too many moments, but you go across them and you get a sense of what?” “My place in the world,” ...
[caption id="attachment_41259" align="alignleft" width="300"] Copyright 2016 The Orchard[/caption] Temple Grandin described her experience of trying to understand social interaction as a person with autism: like an anthropologist on Mars. The kinds of social cues that come naturally to neurotypicals can seem strange and even disorienting to people on the autism spectrum, who may be overwhel ...
Happy July! And welcome to the height of the summer movie season. Today, we kick off the 4th of July weekend with two big movies, Steven Spielberg's "The BFG," based on the book by Roald Dahl and starring Oscar-winner Mark Rylance. [ivavideo publishedid="823354"] And a new version of the classic story with "The Legend of Tarzan," starring Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Ro ...
The 2016 AFI Docs festival is over and the audience award winner was "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," which will be featured on the PBS "American Masters" series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB27H1CwekQ This year's AFI DOCS attendees included renowned filmmakers Judd Apatow, Ramin Bahrani, Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Werner Herzog (this year's AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Sympos ...
AFI Docs is the best documentary festival in the US, and the schedule for 2016 is filled with outstanding selections. I am most excited for the films about television icon Norman Lear, and the always-fascinating Werner Herzog’s new film about the internet, “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” followed by a conversation between Herzog and filmmaker Ramin Bahrani ("99 Homes"). "Gleas ...
The SundanceNOw Doc Club observes Autism Awareness Month by showing three inspiring films that follow the triumphs and hurdles of individuals on the Autism spectrum. These stories show that through art and self expression, untraditional methods, and efforts of entire communities’ individuals with special needs can flourish. SPECTRUM OF HOPE Follow the journey of 10 musical theater students, t ...
A woman on the autism spectrum begins to make a tentative effort towards a relationship in "Jane Wants a Boyfriend," starring Louisa Krause, with Eliza Dushku as her sister. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K768mwXQcKo[/youtube]
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