Nantucket, Mass. (June 27, 2014) — Autism Speaks' big summer of events on the island of Nantucket kicked-off today with the screening of “Sounding the Alarm” at the 19th Annual Nantucket Film Festival. “Sounding the Alarm” is a profound documentary by Blockburger Productions that examines the lives of 12 families affected by autism, and chronicles the challenges and opportunities they face from diagnosis to adulthood. Now that 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, the need for comprehensive services and support across the lifespan is more crucial than ever.
The film was presented by the Nantucket Film Festival with a special introduction by the Festival’s Executive Director Mystelle Brabbée. Following the screening, Emmy-award winning producer John Block joined Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne and Bob Wright on stage for a post-film Q&A.
This screening follows the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where it was announced that the film will be available on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime in July. Watch the trailer here.
Autism Speaks on island events will continue throughout the summer leading up to the Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, August 16 at Jetties Beach. Activities include the Nantucket Walk Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Sunday, July 20 at the Dreamland Theater hosted by NBC and MSNBC’s Willie Geist, and the 2014 Nantucket Light It Up Blue week beginning Monday, August 11 through Saturday, August 16.