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Final Day of 40 Day United States of Autism Movie Shoot

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Today was the final day of shooting for the United States of Autism movie. We finished exactly where we started at a lonely Amtrak station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After a few dawn shots, we were done and called it quits for these 40 days. All the rented equipment was packed and sent back, cars returned, and paperwork filed.

People often wonder what it’s like after finishing something this challenging and rewarding. For one, we can say that there is a mixture of relief and sadness. Relief that we know we’ve done the best we could, on the budget we had, with the best people possible. Sad because our team, who has traveled over 10,967 miles at final count, would say their final goodbyes.

To our crew, Rene, Cassandra and Rosleny, they’ve taken part in something special for families that they barely know. We know that they’ve touched all the lives of the families we met along the way, and have a special place in their hearts. For Rich and Sugey, they know that the next 9 – 12 months of post production will tell how well the art of the story is told.

We will be back to the Brewsters to film them later this month, and perhaps another guest star along the way, but for now, this our final moments of filming. For all of you who have followed us along the way, we are eternally grateful for your love and support, and at times for feeding a ravenous crew.

From here, we go into post-production of the editing room and sound booths for 9-12 months before a Spring/Summer 2011 release. Be sure to come back and check on our progress as we keep you updated every step of the way.

For one last time, from us to you, we love you all, and can’t wait to hear from you soon. God bless, and we’ll see you at the finish line.


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  1. Cathy - August 3, 2010

    Rich and Sugey,
    I just wanted to let you know just how proud we are of you and the film crew. Your journey has started so many other opportunities to discuss the implications, joys, and relationships where autism is present in many families’ lives. I can honestly say that I have made at least 40 conversations with people who are family, friends, co-workers and yes, even strangers telling them of your film project. I hope it will offer insight, hope, minimize isolation and most of all gain that human connection between us. Rich and Sugey you may be the catalyst, but we all need to be the messengers.
    Dad and Cathy

  2. Carrie Lopez - August 7, 2010

    Cant wait to see the Amazing film you guys have put together! Helping voices be heard and opening the eyes of America. You guys are amazing !

    The Lopez Family

  3. Crys Worley - September 2, 2010

    Thank you guys and your crew for such a wonderful experience. We were not sure what to expect but it was wonderful with such positive vibes. Please let us know how we can attend a viewing once it’s available to film festivals.

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