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40 Days to Change the Course of Autism

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40 Days of Autism

40 Straight Days of Autism Filming and Travel

A lot of things can happen in 40 days. For Noah, he was able to survive the Big One. Jesus was able to withstand the Temptation. For a guy like Matt Sullivan, he even survived Lent. Well, we thought we’d like to put our own mettle to the test.

So for us, it’s finally official: The United States of Autism movie will shoot for 40 straight days.

You could say it will be a bold statement on how to move forward with the autism movement. You could say it is a mammoth undertaking requiring unbelievable planning and precision. You could even say that the people behind this are absolutely crazy to drive almost 10,000 miles in 40 straight days while visiting 21 families, 2 members of Congress, 2 members of the autism movement that have had movies made about their life, and dozens of doctors, leaders, and therapists from around the nation.

The only thing you can’t say, is that we’re not going to make a difference.

Starting on June 24th and going until August 3rd, our crew will be traveling nearly 10,000 miles to capture the national story about autism. Pennsylvania. Illinois. Wisconsin. Iowa. Nebraska. Colorado. Utah. California. Oklahoma. Texas. Alabama. Florida. North Carolina. Virginia. DC.  New Jersey. New York. Massachusetts.

The trip itself begins in Lancaster, PA with 3 days of shooting and then moves on out towards California. As you can imagine, there’s a lot to plan. Hotel bookings in almost 30 cities. Car rentals for over a month at a time. Shooting schedules with all the families. Scheduling 3-4 days off for the crew to decompress. When equipment needs to arrive and leave. Insurance. Public affairs offices for military families and City offices for any filming in major cities.

What is most important, however, is the end result. We’re talking about a film here that’s vision is unlike anything ever done for the autism movement. Members of nearly every inter-autism group co-existing in a relatively peaceful and positive manner. The focus is not on our divisions, but what binds us together in our challenges and triumphs. Ultimately, when the final credits roll, these families will represent what is the best in America, and our audiences will connect in a whole other dimension.

We’re planning to maintain this blog every day for those 40 days so you can follow us. Be sure to check back everyday for whatever pictures, words, and updates we can give you.

We’re not sure how the the final product will end up. We don’t know what challenges await. We’re not even sure of what clothes we’re going to wear. We’re only sure of one thing.

For 40 days, we’re going to give it everything we have, and we’re going to change the course of autism, forever. Won’t you come with us?


  1. Jane - May 25, 2010

    Wish u were coming to Atlanta …we ROCK Autism down here!

  2. Leslie Burleson - May 25, 2010

    I can not wait to see this! What a wonderful beautiful idea! I feel the change coming :)

  3. Lissette Branick - May 25, 2010

    Thank you for the great awareness!!!

  4. Cindy Kushner - May 25, 2010

    My sister and her family are one of the families being filmed for this project. I am excited about the change you are trying to bring to the world – and to the world of autism. It’s been a tough road for my neice Robyn and her family. We are blessed with a wonderful little girl with a big heart and really dare I say genius level brain. I am sure you will fall in love with her the moment you meet those big brown eyes. Yay all of you for taking this on. God Bless.

  5. Mary Ann Puckett - May 25, 2010

    A change in the course of autsim has needed to happen for a very long time. Thank you for doing this.
    Mary Ann Puckett

  6. Tunde - June 2, 2010

    very excited about your project. may GOD keep you all safe and happy and make you successful in this great cause. God bless you all.
    Can’t wait to see you all at our home.
    Tunde, Amin and Safiyya

  7. Amila Smith - July 8, 2010

    Wish you are coming to GA…THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. My family thanks you and a little curly hair blond, amazing, smart autistic boy thanks you!

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