NEW YORK, NY (October 22, 2007) -- Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and funding autism research, today announced that the Sundance Channel will acquire the exclusive television broadcast and video-on-demand rights to its acclaimed documentary Autism Every Day. The film will have its television premiere in April in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month.
Autism Every Day is a truthful, unvarnished portrayal of the 24-hour-a-day challenges faced by families as they confront the heartbreak of autism with uncompromising hope and unconditional love. The film premiered to packed theaters and both popular and critical acclaim at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival last January. It has been screened at additional film festivals across the country and featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Larry King Live.” (Read more about the film here.)
Autism Every Day was directed by Lauren Thierry of the October Group and co-produced by Ms. Thierry and Eric Solomon of Milestone Video. Funding for the film was provided by Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright are the executive producers.
"We are enormously grateful to the families who let us into their homes, their lives, and simply let our cameras roll, allowing us to show their tremendous strength, dignity -- even humor -- in the face of incredible adversity,” said Thierry. “Their unyielding love for their children made this film possible."
“We made Autism Every Day because we wanted to provide a window into the day-to-day realities of autism,” said Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. “This agreement with the Sundance Channel provides us with an important opportunity to reach new audiences with our autism awareness message.”
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.