Hello United States of Autism families and friends,
We’re excited to announce that the United States of Autism movie will be released in theaters starting on April 5th of 2013! Our first showing will take place in NYC, and we will roll it out to more cities as fast as possible.
But wait, there’s more!
We’re doing things a little bit different (don’t we always!) for our release then other films you may know. Starting in April, the film service we use, Tugg, will begin screenings of the film based upon successful ticket sales around the country. We’re opening up screenings of the film in nearly every city we visited along the way (or closest metro area), as well as a few other cities, and we want your help to make it happen.
Here’s the best part. You can earn money for autism by helping us market the film!
Here’s how the service works. Contact us with a screening date you have in mind, preferably at least 3 – 4 weeks in advance. You can find a list of currently scheduled screenings here.Together we set a date and pick a theater, preferably AMC but others work great as well. We sell tickets. If we meet a minimum number of tickets sold, the screening goes on! But you want to know the best part? We’re donating 25% of our total net ticket sales to a local organization, family, or individual in the autism community that can be served with our help! So by screening our film, you can make money for someone in the local autism community. If we sell enough tickets, we may even be able to have Rich or Sugey come out to your screening and do a question and answer session with your people, or maybe even Skype in as a surprise!
But we want to help more people!
So let’s see what we can do to get the film out there! Go ahead and let us know if you’d like to host a screening in your area in April or May, and we’ll start making the arrangements. You can contact us here and we’ll be sure to get back to you as fast as possible. And if you don’t want to help, hey, no big deal. We still love you out there!
Thanks a bunch, and we can’t wait to present a few years work for you on the big screen!
The team at The United States of Autism
The United States of Autism Kickstarter campaign which brought in almost $10,000 to the producers of the film was featured in a blog post from Autism Labs. Nathan Donnellan had a chance to speak with Executive Producer and Director Richard Everts about his experience in crowdfunding in the autism world. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested in putting together something like this or another project that could use a few thousand dollars!
YOU DID IT!! Thanks to all of you out there, the United States of Autism successfully completed it’s first fundraising goal on the Kickstarter campaign, helping us to attend film festivals and market this unique film about autism to the world!
Special thanks to our last donors who put us over the top, the ASD Climber Foundation that put in $1000!!
Let’s just take a moment and think about what you’ve just done, whether you’ve given $1 or $25 or more. You’ve been a part of something that actually made it not once, but twice, in the social media world, a project that people love and believe in. Many of you were there when we first won the Pepsi Refresh Project Grant for $50,000, and you pushed us then. And now, you are again a part of something much larger than any one of us on our own, and we hope you are as proud of what you’ve accomplished as we are.
We were successfully funded on our Kickstarter Campaign in May 2012! Thank you again to all our supporters and we can’t wait to get your prizes out soon!
Thank you, and we can’t wait to keep sending you more successful updates as time goes on!
Director Richard Everts was on the Next Frontier Radio Show last Thursday, and it was an exciting 30 minutes of conversation about the film and what’s really happening with autism. It’s quite remarkable how Anne Barbano, the host of the show, was able to get to the meat of the matter in so many cases. Topics we covered included God, autism, the ND Movement, Biomedical Therapies, Evidence Based Treatment, and more! Be sure to check out the interview and one of the best reads on what is happening in autism today.
Check out the transcript of the interview.
Putting together a music video for a documentary film may seem like it springs from a moment of temporary insanity, but the insanity in this case would have been to deny the world an incredible voice.
When Executive Producer and Director Richard Everts first began pulling together the separate elements of the United States of Autism movie, one of his main concerns was with the music we would use to showcase the kind of momentous trip an 11,000 mile journey can be. Raysa Michelle had done some work with Sugey Cruz-Everts, the other executive producer for the film, before, and had her voice was astonishing. The even more unique thing about her was that she also is fluent in Spanish, which was the icing on the cake for a film recorded in five languages. After a brief conversation, she joined the team.
The two songs she sings in the film are at key emotional moments, including a trip to Washington DC and the ending of the film. Some of those who have screened the film says these are their favorite parts. So, we decided to put together one of her songs into a short music video which we can share with the world. We shot today at Atrium Audio in Lancaster, PA, a top notch recording studio right downtown. After a few short hours, we were able to get all the shots we needed. The next step is a fast turnaround on post-production.
So, as a special treat to all our fans, we will release the music video next Monday as a kick-off to our Kickstarter campaign! We will be raising money to begin distribution of the film, and you can be sure to hear a lot about what’s coming next. We wish we could tell you about all the amazing things happening behind the scenes, but we’ll have to wait for another time.
Let the countdown begin to our special music video release on Monday, March 5th!