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If you haven't seen Neurotypical yet, it's streaming on P.O.V. through April 16!
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SXSW EDU!

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We are excited to announce that Neurotypical is going to be screened at the
South By Southwest EDU Festival in March!
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
Wishing you all the best in 2014!

If you haven't seen Neurotypical yet, come to one of these screenings:

01/01/2014, 7:30pm
East Williston UFSD (Old Westbury, NY)

01/09/2014, 6:30pm
LOGAN (Missoula, MT)

04/16/2014, 11:30am
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

04/27/2013, 3:00pm
Arlington Public Library (Arlington, VA)
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Best Kept Secret

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Another great film on
P.O.V. - premiering tonight!
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Tell your friends!!

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Wow! Neurotypical is back - streaming on P.O.V. from September 20 - October 7!!
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Only 2 days left to stream Neurotypical on P.O.V. :-(

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Don't miss out!

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It's your last week to stream Neurotypical on P.O.V.!
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The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on How to Interview

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Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen discuss different interviewing techniques.
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The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Documenting Culture

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Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen consider how their work helps to define different cultures.
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The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Finding the Story

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Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen discuss how they went about searching for a story.
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The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Getting into Documentaries

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Last year, to celebrate POV’s 25th anniversary, Filmmaker Magazine organized a series of conversations between documentary directors whose work had been featured on the PBS non-fiction showcase. This week we will be following a conversation between Adam Larsen, whose first feature length documentary film Neurotypical is currently streaming on the POV website, and Josh Aronson, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary on deafness Sound and Fury, also a POV alum. Here the two discuss how they found their way to making documentary features.
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Viewers respond :-)

“Brilliant documentary! A wonderful looking glass to see humanity through as it is.”
— Chetna Rana

“This show was Au-some! I have an eleven year old who was diagnosed with high functioning autism and pdd seven years ago and I still learned a thing or two from this program. Our daughter teaches us stuff daily, but this show put a lot of the pieces together that she isn’t able to explain to us herself. Thanks for the insight. This shows that people on the spectrum are not to be misjudged. They are all unique and talented in their own way.”
— Rose Kimball (Facebook)

“I have a 15yo son on the spectrum – and I found this incredibly insightful and hopeful that perhaps one day he will be able to express his perspective. From the day of his diagnosis (as a 3yo), I have explained that he is a “red” child in a “blue” world, and my job is to teach him how to exist in the “blue” world but not to make him “blue” – this may/will require both changes to his behavior and education on what is expected, but it has never meant curing him of his autism because that is who he is. Thank you Adam for this small peek into a few lives of people who do successfully exist in the “blue” world.”
— Danielle

“While it would have been impossible to cover the entire spectrum, and the representations may not have been everyone’s reality, I was very touched. This showed the participant’s reality in their own words and experience. I think too often we forget there are more similarities than differences in every one of us. I work in a place that does not realize I am on the spectrum, all they see is someone who tends to be ‘antisocial’ and to be honest with you, I am not sure they would understand if I did tell them. If nothing else, this program made me look at my own reality differently. Bravo Adam!”
— Jo Anderson

“Watching this video and reading these posts has been cathartic for me. I always knew my “aspie” state was why I have spent my life trying to prove myself, be as “good as” other peers, not being accepted in 9 to 5 jobs, and attract all kinds of bad people into my life…I wanted to thank Adam for showing females on the spectrum who weren’t masculine or butch, as a stereotype I have been fighting my whole life is that I am masculine and nothing I do to improve myself will make people see me as female or feminine.”
— Elyse Glickman

“I’m a parent of a “high functioning” autistic 5 year old, and I LOVED this show probably a lot because it represented my reality. A reality that is often feared or misinterpreted by others (which is ridiculous as the movie showed). I notice that when anything remotely positive about autism comes out, there are always parents of more impaired children that feel left out or insulted by it.”
— Megen

“I would like to sincerely thank all of the individuals involved
with this program. Mr. Larsen’s effort to bring information and perspective to the neurotypical community was overwhelmingly successful. I do not believe any media effort will be able to fully capsulize a complete depiction of the entire spectrum, but I greatly appreciate the endeavor.”
— J L Hedrick

“PBS POV, Thank You! For bringing this wonderful documentary to the World and providing multiple viewing platforms/options; I was able to stream it on my phone YAY :) Adam Larsen, you have a brilliant career ahead of you. Thank You so Much, for bringing these AUsome Human Beings and their beautiful life stories to Life! This is the best documentary about Real People I have ever seen and that IS who we are!”
— QueenAutiIndigoAngelDiva11

“Neurotypical is crucial viewing for anyone who desires to understand the “inside-out” perspective. Through compelling personal testimony, self-advocates attest to the obstacles and struggles that must be navigated on a daily basis in order to assimilate with the “real world.”

As someone on the autism spectrum, it was heartening to hear others speak to the multitude of societal misunderstandings and misinterpretations that transpire on a regular basis. One of my greatest frustrations is when others automatically jump to conclusions about something I’ve done or said by assuming the worst of me when, in fact, my intentions have been completely altruistic and selfless. Suffice it to say, many of us do a lot of “acting” in order to get by, fit in, and “pass” for normal. (Personally, I can only do it in small bits at a time—it’s exhausting.)

Neurotypical is an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue concerning compassion, acceptance, and partnership—not warfare—between those of us on the autism spectrum and those who desire to learn more about the unconventional and unique logic through which we perceive the world at large.”
— SilverXord Publications
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TED

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Nice mention on
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Neurotypical and Jenny McCarthy: One of These Deserves the Autism Soapbox
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Missed it on P.O.V.?

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Missed Neurotypical's television premiere on PBS?

No worries!

Check your local listings for more broadcasts.

AND it is now available for free online streaming until August 28, 2013 at P.O.V.!
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<< Critical Acclaim for Neurotypical >>

“A film about autism seen from the inside outward. . . . we get a sense of varied experience, of humor and of desire. . . . The point . . . is that we are all on some sort of spectrum . . . each with a uniquely wired brain and an individual way of interpreting the world and coping with it, and each with a gift.”
—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times/Chicago Tribune

“If you're close to someone with autism (as I am), the fascinating PBS film Neurotypical is a must-see. . . . I’m going to get hold of a digital copy and show it to my son when he’s a couple of years older.”
—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“While so many discussions of the disorder focus on heartache, Neurotypical discusses life from the point of view of autistic people. And their take on normal, or ‘neurotypical,’ society is quite remarkable, revealing and even funny.”
—Kevin McDonough, United Feature Syndicate

“Neurotypical shatters any preconceived notions about autism and autistics. It’s a documentary that doesn’t overstep its intelligence and makes a statement without a soapbox.”
—Daniel Engelke, Film Monthly

“A fascinating POV documentary.” —Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times/McClatchy
“The film addresses not only how people with autism relate to the world but how others relate to them.”
—Tribune Media Services

“Of the [autism] overviews, one of the two best I’ve seen is Neurotypical. . . . giving a voice to people with the condition who see autism not as a disability but as a difference to be proud of.”
—Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

“A groundbreaking documentary. . . . Is it possible that that what is traditionally considered a handicap may be part of the collective human condition as we evolve? . . . A unique look at autism and what it means to the people who have it.”
—Lisa King, The Washington Times

“The film raises questions and offers insights into perceptions of ‘normal’ brain functioning.” —News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
“An eye-opening documentary.”
—The Week

“A documentary that is sad and joyful and hopeful and heartbreaking.”
—Rick Ellis, Open Air, Twin Cities Public Television

*read the full reviews to these and more in our
Press section!
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Thank you!

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Thank you all for such an incredible premiere!
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Neurotypical premieres tonight on P.O.V.!!

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Remember to check your
local listings and let us know what you think!
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Ask the Filmmaker

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If you missed it, you can see our chat here!
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One Week Away...

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Neurotypical will have it's national broadcast premiere on Monday, July 29, at 10 p.m., as part of the 26th season of the award-winning PBS series P.O.V.!

AND don't forget! Neurotypical streams for free on POV’s website, pbs.org/pov/neurotypical, from July 30 to Aug. 29.
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Upcoming Screenings

In addition to the POV broadcast on July 29, Neurotypical will soon reach a much wider audience, starting with some upcoming showings around the country:

07/17/2013, 6:00pm
San Diego Public Library (San Diego, CA)

07/23/2013, 6:30pm
Chandler Public Library (Chandler, AZ)

07/30/2013, 6:30pm
Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library (Chicago, IL)

08/22/2013, 7:30pm
Portland Public Library (Portland, ME)

09/28/2013, 2:00pm
Lancaster Public Library (Lancaster, PA)

10/03/2013, 6:00pm
Ephrata Public Library (Ephrata, PA)

11/23/2013, 2:00pm
Chicago Public Library, Bezazian Branch (Chicago, IL)
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Autism Pride Week

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Experience the first ever Autism Pride Week in Asheville, NC!

The celebration opens with a keynote lecture by the 2013 National Book Critic's award winner, Andrew Solomon; and includes two month-long art exhibits with works by Laura Craig McNellis, George Widener, and Jesse Wills; a three day festival of autism related films; and an open mic night hosted by GRASP founder, Michael John Carley!

We hope that all of you will join us here in Asheville for this celebration of diversity!!!
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P.O.V.'s 26th Season on PBS

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52 minutes

Over the past two weeks, I've had the pleasure of working with Mary Manhardt, an incredible documentary film editor (Racing Dreams, Monica and David, American Promise…). Mary is helping me to edit Neurotypical down to broadcast specs - 52 minutes to be exact. A whopping thirty-six minutes shorter! To be honest, re-envisioning Neurotypical has been an emotional roller coaster but Mary has been great and I'm proud of what we've come up with for POV!
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Neurotypical will premiere on P.O.V. - July 29!

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Yay!!! We can finally announce that Neurotypical is going to be broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. on July 29th!!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!


Broadcast: Monday, July 29, 2013

Check local listings >>
Online Streaming: July 30, 2013 – Aug. 28, 2013
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…mum's the word…

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Can you keep a secret? Nah, we didn't think so… We've got exciting news. Too bad we're the only ones who can be excited about it! More soon!!
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Happy Holidays!!

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All quiet on the western front...

We wish we had something exciting to share! Oh well, I guess no news is good news!!
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Undersung - A new undertaking

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I am excited to announce my next documentary - Undersung - which celebrates and gives voice to one of the most under-sung of human communities: long-term full-time caregivers of disabled family members. In collaboration with MacArthur Fellow and poet, Heather McHugh, we will follow several long-term (decade or more) principal caregivers of severely disabled family members—before, during and after their one week Caregifted retreats.
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Greenville TEACCH Center screening!

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Come see Neurotypical and support the Greenville TEACCH center!

May 24, 2012 - 6:30 PM
Rose High School Performing Arts Center
600 W Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834
Tickets are $10 at the door or call 252-830-3300

Proceeds will go to the financial assistance fund for families seeking services at UNC TEACCH - Greenville.
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DVDs!!!

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Neurotypical DVD
Disregard that is says “album”
- it is a movie DVD.

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Autism Awareness Month screenings!

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Ambitious About Autism (online screening)

Available for 24 hours - April 11 (9:00BST) - April 12 (9:00BST)
www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

Interested in finding out more about Neurotypical? Join the live online Q & A with the film's director, Adam Larsen, at 20.00 BST on Thursday 12 April.

To receive a password, register at the
Autism Film Club.

To view the film, all you will need to do is type in the Autism Film Club password into the video box, when the film is available, and start watching at a time that suits you - you can pause, fast forward and rewind as much as you like.

If you have any problems viewing the film, please email Mike Stuart, at
[email protected]


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Fine Arts Theatre (Asheville, NC)

April 12, 2012 - 7:00PM (followed by Q&A with Adam Larsen)
Benefit for the Asheville TEACCH Center Scholarship Fund
Tickets: $10
Asheville Fine Arts Theatre
36 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
www.fineartstheatre.com / 828-232-1536
Tickets can be purchased at the box office
(12:30PM-Closing, 7 days a week)



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CinemAutismo 2012

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See Neurotypical in Turin, Italy!

CinemAutismo, an annual film festival dedicated to showing films about autism, will screen Neurotypical in recognition of Autism Awareness Day.
April 1, 2012 - 5:30PM
Hub Multiculturale Cecchi Point
Via Cecchi 17, Torino
Admission is free.
www.cinemautismo.it
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Neurotypical at Appalachian State University

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Join us at ASU!

Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
March 31, 2012 - 2:00PM
& April 2, 2012 - 7:00PM
The Gordon Gathering Hall, Reich College of Education
Appalachian State University, College Street, Boone, NC
For more information, contact: Rebekah Cummings at
[email protected] or 262-8010

*Sponsored by Reich College of Education, Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country, and High Country Families on the Spectrum.
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Chapel Hill TEACCH Center screening!

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Join us in a Chapel Hill TEACCH Fundraiser to benefit persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families while learning about the perspective of people on the Autism Spectrum!

The Carolina Theatre
February 11, 2012 - 10:00AM
& February 25, 2012 - 10:00AM
Tickets $15 / $10 for students
919-560-3030 / www.carolinatheatre.org
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!! Happy New Year !!

It has been an incredible year. Screenings in Thessaloniki, Vancouver, NYC, Albany, Asheville and over $5000 raised for TEACCH from our last two fundraisers!

If you haven't seen Neurotypical yet, we have upcoming screenings in Boone & Durham, NC. Or better yet, organize a Neurotypical screening/fundraiser of your own!

And, we will have a DVD soon - we promise!

We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for your support!
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AB Tech - Screening!

If you didn't get a chance to see Neurotypical at the Asheville Fine Arts Theatre, join us this Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30PM at the Ferguson Auditorium on the AB Tech (Asheville campus) for another screening to benefit the Asheville TEACCH Center's scholarship fund!

Special thanks to Ana Soto for organizing this!

Ferguson Auditorium
AB Tech, Asheville Campus
November 30, 2011 - 6:30pm
Free with AB Tech student ID
Tickets for all others $5 at the door (cash only)
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TEACCH fundraiser success!!

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I'm going to use a lot of caps, so please forgive me :-)

The screenings in Asheville were amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better turn out - completely sold out on Thursday night and over 200 (out of 250 tickets) on a Saturday morning!

And to top it all, we raised almost $4000 for TEACCH!!

Thank you all!!!
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Asheville, NC - screening!

Join us this Thursday, September 15 at 7:00PM and Saturday, September 17 at 10:30AM at theFine Arts Theatre in Asheville, NC for a screening to benefit the Asheville TEACCHCenter's scholarship fund!

It's wonderful for
Neurotypical to come home to Asheville where it all started!

Asheville Fine Arts Theatre
September 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
& September 17, 2011 - 10:30
36 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
828-232-1536 / [email protected]
Tickets are $10
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The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

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This past Thursday, Neurotypical was screened at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio in Albany as part of their "Food For Thought, evening of socially relevant cinema" series.

We unfortunately were unable to attend, but Maddi, who appears in the film, was there and joined in the talkback. Way to go Maddi!
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The reviews are in!

It was a rainy night in Brooklyn so Neurotypical's US Premiere was held indoors instead of under the stars. Even still, it was an incredibly memorable evening; great response, talkback and our first reviews!

Check them out:
http://www.filmmonthly.com/now_playing/neurotypical.html

http://drivemomcrazy.com/2011/a-review-neurotypical-the-movie
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USA Premiere - Rooftop Films Summer Series

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Join us Friday, July 8 at 9:00PM on the lawn at the Automotive High School in Williamsburg! (50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn)

Doors open - 8:00PM / Live music - 8:30PM
Film begins - 9:00PM / Q&A with director Adam Larsen - 10:30PM
After party - 11:30PM at Matchless (557 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn)
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Canadian Premiere!

Another screening under our belt! This past Monday afternoon (despite the inopportune time slot), Neurotypical played to a crowded house at the DOXA Documentary Festival. This screening was particularly memorable for two reasons. One, we experienced our first english speaking audience and two, Adam Lando, joined us for an amazing Q&A after the film. Ironically, we had just met Adam's mother, Marianne Kaplan, in Thessaloniki where her film about Adam, The Boy Inside, was being screened. After Neurotypical, Adam shared his perspective about Asperger's and his burgeoning rap career.
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DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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Join us in Vancouver at DOXA, May 9 at 1PM!

"A remarkably cinematic film that often recalls the work of Terrence Malick in its treatment of the natural world,
Neurotypical possesses a deep respect for the people it profiles. Indeed, Larsen's lens finds unending fascination in his subjects while tracking them in their day-to-day lives — whether it's a guy trying to get a date, a toddler's stroll in the woods, or a ride to the local skate park that radiates pure boyish joy, each individual navigates their own path through a world that is both bewildering and beautiful. With intelligence and care, Neurotypical carves out a more expansive idea of what it means to be human."
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Happy World Autism Awareness (and Acceptance) Day!!

We have exciting news that we can't announce for another week, so here are a couple of updates about people we love!

Violet, Vijay, and Charlie were featured in a wonderful article about acceptance on the site
Eco Child's Play.

And, Paula Durbin-Westby has been busy at
autism NOW, an amazing resource for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Congrats and keep up the great work!

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What a wonderful week!

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

Neurotypical
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...
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Colr

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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!!
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Variety

Neurotypical got a great mention in Variety yesterday!

Thessaloniki focuses on disabilities
Docu lineup linked to Special Olympics
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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.

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World Premiere!

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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!

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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
trailer.

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:
www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/1062



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

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Film festivals, here we go!

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I never knew submitting to film festivals could be so much work! Don't uncross your fingers yet.

Here's a list of the festivals we have entered so far (hopefully we'll get into one near you): Ann Arbor Film Festival, Appalachian Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Little Rock Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, True/False Film Festival.
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Keep your fingers crossed. We just sent a copy of Neurotypical to Sundance (along with probably 1000 others). :-)
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Finally!!

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Exciting news - Neurotypical can now officially be called a rough cut! After 3 ½ years and 40 interviews later, we edited nearly 80 hours of footage down to a 1 ½ hour film. So it took a little longer than our August deadline, but whose counting? We can't wait share it with you!
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A Simple Sound

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Nearly halfway to finishing a rough cut, but no film is complete without a score. Today Michael Wall, an amazing multi-instrumentalist and composer, agreed to create the music for Neurotypical. Very cool because now we have someone to collaborate with!
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Snip Snip

True to my word, we are back at it with Neurotypical (but not before accepting projects in Buenos Aires, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Calgary, and again Beijing). The next two months belong to Neurotypical! The goal is a rough cut by before August.
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Wind Up Bird

Every time we gain a little momentum another project rears it's head. At least this one is worth it - The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I promised myself that we would finish Neurotypical by the end of the year. We will!
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...footage, footage and more footage...

Now comes the fun part (if you call sitting in front of a computer for weeks "fun")!! So far, we have accumulated approximately 80 hours of footage that needs to compressed into 90-120 minutes of solid gold. But first, the footage needs to be logged, sorted, and categorized. I have a feeling that we have A LOT more than 120 minutes of gold!
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Beijing

I have been in China for the past month. Wow - but I can't wait to get back to Neurotypical!
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The Short Bus

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NPR has been an amazing resource for Neurotypical! I recently heard Jonathan Mooney talk about his book, the Short Bus and knew we needed to connect. Jonathan is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. After a spirited game of phone tag, we finally were able to chat. Brilliant!
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Charlottesville and Morganton

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A new twist! We've been struggling to find the "glue" for the content within the film, and I think we may finally have it! Because most of our footage is in the form of interviews (amazing interviews at that), we feel it's essential for there to be a visceral "thread" to help make connections between those interviews. Something that moves (because an hour and a half of talking heads could be deadly). So... we've decided to structure the film as a triptych by following three individuals on the spectrum. Part one will focus on Violet, 3; part two, Nicholas, 14; and part three, Paula, whom we filmed earlier. Fortunately they were all willing, close by, and, guess what? We filmed them last week!
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Baltimore

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Back once again in the DC area (Baltimore to be exact) to pick up a few interviews we missed. And thank goodness we did! Wolf, Katie and Sasha were all amazing. Editing is going to be tough! So much incredible material to work with.
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Social Group

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This past week we met with Sean M., Perry, Sydney, Daniel, and Sean B. who all participate in a weekly social group gatherings (organized by the wonderful, Irene). Not only was it great to hear the perspectives of young adults, but it was nice to see everyone interact in a social environment.
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DC Take 2

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Back to DC, where we met with Autistic Self Advocacy Network board member, Paula Durbin-Westby - wonderfully insightful and inspiring! Then we managed to land an interview Tony Attwood who was in town for a conference. We're still not sure if we want to include neurotypicals in the film. Maybe in the "extra features" on the DVD? Who knows!
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I Can Read You Like a Book

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I heard Greg Hartley speak on NPR about his new book on body language. Greg is a former Army interrogator who translated his expertise in body language and human behavior to everyday life. Fascinating conversation about the "human spectrum".
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Dinner

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This past weekend we hosted and filmed a dinner party for 12 in Asheville. Great food and conversation (in an impromptu setting). Up until this point, our footage has mostly been interviews. It's nice to finally break that mold. I can see this going somewhere!
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What an incredible week!

So no luck in landing a distribution deal, but IFP's Independent Film Week was amazing nonetheless. It was incredibly exciting to be in the company of so many talented filmmakers and industry members. And we did manage to meet with HBO. Who knows?!
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IFP Independent Film Week

IFP
Neurotypical was 1 of 70 films (out of 600) selected to participate in the Spotlight on Documentaries section during IFP's Independent Film Week in NYC this September. Spotlight on Documentaries is an opportunity to pitch Neurotypical to potential investors, festivals and distributors. Wish us luck!
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Soooo busy...

...unfortunately not with the film. Just finished another project in DC and one in Atlanta. Next, I'm off to Toronto, then back NYC, Atlanta and finally Honolulu. If you didn't know, my "day job" is as a projection designer. I create video projections for live performance (theatre, dance, opera). Check out my work: www.hum-bar.com! Lot's of travel and lots of fun, and easy to get sidetracked from Neurotypical. But I do have to make money to pay for the shoots, don't I?
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Mishmash

Sometimes life takes over in a major way. No notable updates about the film BECAUSE in September, I got married. Good excuse, eh? Oh, and two days ago was my birthday. And I've got to make some money, so off to projects in DC, Philly, and NYC... We'll get back to the film soon, I promise.
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Chicago

JOHN+BECK
We've finally broken away from the East Coast! Michael John Carley put us in touch GRASP's Chicago chapter and a number of amazing individuals responded; John, Ben, Wendi, and Jack. Only this time I was all by myself (lights, sound, camera & interview). Whew!
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Boston and Fort Walton

SUZANNE+TOUCHSTONE
This week we managed to expand our shoot both north and south along the East Coast. First, we met with friends, Kassiane and Stephen, who were participating in a conference at the Boston Higashi School. Then, a long trek down to Florida to talk to Suzanne. Remarkable stories and footage while wading in a swamp!
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DC and New York

RICHARD+GRINKER MICHAEL+CARLEY
Wonderful interviews with Roy Richard Grinker, author of Unstrange Minds, and Professor of Anthropology, Human Sciences and International Affairs at the George Washington University; and Michael John Carley, founder and Executive Director of GRASP, the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum.
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