What a wonderful week!

It's hard to describe the culmination of almost 4 years of work. "Thrilling" will have to do!

premiered to a packed house in Thessaloniki last Saturday - with Greek subtitles! The audience was engaged, laughed and cried at all the right parts, and most stayed for the Q&A afterwards. Amazing! It was humbling to be in the company of so many remarkable documentaries, each striving to educate and push for change. We can only hope that all future festivals for Neurotypical will be as memorable.

In many ways Thessaloniki is more of a beginning for
Neurotypical than a conclusion. It marks the start of a dialogue toward the recognition of neurodiversity.

Oh, one more thing you might find interesting. While we didn't come home with any awards (which is besides the point),
Neurotypical was 10th out of 98 films for the foreign feature audience award! Just saying...


First, we need to thank you all! Things are definitely ratcheting up as we prepare for Thessaloniki. Your generous contributions are helping us get there! Through the fundraiser we connected with Joe Wenkoff, Eric Barnett, and Gerry Legros - the Toronto based team of Colr at Topix who color corrected and mastered Neurotypical!

I just returned from Toronto and I can say without question,
Neurotypical has never looked better! All we need is an audience!!


Neurotypical got a great mention in Variety yesterday!

Thessaloniki focuses on disabilities
Docu lineup linked to Special Olympics
by Will Tizard

PRAGUE -- Thessaloniki's docufest unveiled a lineup Thursday featuring a strong showing of U.S. pics in its celebration of work keyed to the Athens Special Olympics later this year.

Tribute to work that explores disabilities, the lifestyles and the misunderstandings surrounding them, will include 30 pics such as the world preem of Adam Larsen's offbeat "Neurotypical," the word autistic people use to describe those without the syndrome, and "Embraceable," a look at the joyfulness of Williams syndrome sufferers.

Lizzie Gottlieb's "Today's Man" considers the often overlooked dimensions of adult life for people with Asperger's, while "For Once in My Life," helmed by Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann, is an engaging look at The Spirit of Goodwill Band, consisting of 28 members with mental and physical disabilities who show off the transformative power of music.

Michel Orion Scott's "The Horse Boy" follows a journey through Inner Mongolia by a couple hoping to cure their 5-year-old son of autism, while "Living with Fragile X," by Kathy Elder and Greg Mishey, chronicles lives touched by a little-known genetic syndrome that in many ways emulates autism.

Fest launches March 11-20 with a docu workshop led by the European Documentary Network intended to foster emerging filmmaker voices from the region.


World Premiere!

It's official! Neurotypical will premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

What's even more exciting is that the festival is including
Neurotypical as part of a tribute to the Special Olympics which will be held in Athens in June.

We are honored to debut the film for such a worthwhile cause!


No, Yes, Maybe...

So, first the bad news - no luck with Sundance. The only heartening thing is we're in good company (only 16 documentaries were chosen out of 841).

Uggh, ok some good news - we're committed more than ever to getting the film out there! You may have noticed our new

Also, we've submitted
Neurotypical to a few more festivals: DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Festival, London International Documentary Festival, Nashville Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Sheffield Docu/Fest, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Silverdocs and Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

Last, if you feel the spirit, we're working to raise $12,000 to help us achieve these goals:

• Travel expenses for the makers and participants in the film to facilitate dialogue wherever
Neurotypical is shown.

• Professional sound mix and color correction to enhance the sensory impact of the film.

• High Resolution festival dubs (believe it or not, these professional copies run $250 a pop).

Donations are tax-deductible:

A heartfelt thanks to all for your participation as we work to complete this important project!

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