If you haven't seen Neurotypical yet, it's streaming on P.O.V. through April 16!
We are excited to announce that Neurotypical is going to be screened at the South By Southwest EDU Festival in March!
Happy New Year!
If you haven't seen Neurotypical yet, come to one of these screenings:
East Williston UFSD (Old Westbury, NY)
LOGAN (Missoula, MT)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Arlington Public Library (Arlington, VA)
Best Kept Secret
Another great film on P.O.V. - premiering tonight!
Tell your friends!!
Don't miss out!
The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on How to Interview
The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Documenting Culture
The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Finding the Story
The POV Conversation: Josh Aronson and Adam Larsen on Getting into Documentaries
Viewers respond :-)
— 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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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
Missed it on P.O.V.?
Check your local listings for more broadcasts.
AND it is now available for free online streaming until August 28, 2013 at P.O.V.!
<< Critical Acclaim for Neurotypical >>
—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.”
“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!
Thank you all for such an incredible premiere!
Neurotypical premieres tonight on P.O.V.!!
Remember to check your local listings and let us know what you think!
One Week Away...
AND don't forget! Neurotypical streams for free on POV’s website, pbs.org/pov/neurotypical, from July 30 to Aug. 29.
San Diego Public Library (San Diego, CA)
Chandler Public Library (Chandler, AZ)
Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library (Chicago, IL)
Portland Public Library (Portland, ME)
Lancaster Public Library (Lancaster, PA)
Ephrata Public Library (Ephrata, PA)
Chicago Public Library, Bezazian Branch (Chicago, IL)
Autism Pride Week
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!!!
Neurotypical will premiere on P.O.V. - July 29!
…mum's the word…
All quiet on the western front...
Undersung - A new undertaking
Greenville TEACCH Center screening!
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.
Autism Awareness Month screenings!
Ambitious About Autism (online screening)
Available for 24 hours - April 11 (9:00BST) - April 12 (9:00BST)
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]
April 12, 2012 - 7:00PM (followed by Q&A with Adam Larsen)
Benefit for the Asheville TEACCH Center Scholarship Fund
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)
Neurotypical at Appalachian State University
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.
Chapel Hill TEACCH Center screening!
The Carolina Theatre
February 11, 2012 - 10:00AM
& February 25, 2012 - 10:00AM
Tickets $15 / $10 for students
919-560-3030 / www.carolinatheatre.org
!! Happy New Year !!
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!
AB Tech - Screening!
Special thanks to Ana Soto for organizing this!
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)
TEACCH fundraiser success!!
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!!!
Asheville, NC - screening!
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
The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio
We unfortunately were unable to attend, but Maddi, who appears in the film, was there and joined in the talkback. Way to go Maddi!
The reviews are in!
Check them out:
USA Premiere - Rooftop Films Summer Series
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)
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
"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."
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!
What a wonderful week!
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...
I just returned from Toronto and I can say without question, Neurotypical has never looked better! All we need is an audience!!
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.
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...
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!
Film festivals, here we go!
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.