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By David Berkowitz
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In April 2012, the Centers for Disease Control announced that 1 in 80 children are diagnosed with autism. This has drawn global attention with over 71 percent of Americans expressing an interest in learning more about autism alone.  We aim to capture how real autistic people in America are dealing with the realty of autism.  Personally I have a vested interest in bringing attention to autism.  I am a high functioning father of 3 autistic kids and I would like to tell my story of our lives with autism as well as others in America and their experiences with autism. In addition we will illustrate what is being done to help autism  as well especially in programs targeted to music, the arts, dance, music therapy and theater related programs .This film is targeted towards those families impacted by autism. As mentioned earlier I truly have a vested interest in helping bring exposure to autism, autism awareness and the autism programs in Nevada.

I met Temple Grandin a couple of times and she said that arts saved her life. I was in band for 7 years myself and it certainly helped me.

In regards to the documentary it consists of:

1) A overview on some of the autism for profit and nonprofit in the Las Vegas especially the ones that are focused around the arts, music, technology and music therapy as well as respite programs. It will detail what is being done now as what will be done in the next 12 months to improve the lives of people with autism.

2) Interviews with 10+ families that have been affected by autism and their stories; and experiences with beneficial programs involving music and the arts and what can be done to improve their lives.

3) Information on my experience with autism and that of my family and other families of autistic people, what has been good, what has been bad what they would like to see in the future.

We plan to do local interviews with autism programs that are involved with tech music and the arts. We will talk to families of people with autism, their friends, if we can we will talk to the people with autism as to their thoughts and opinions of the benefits that the arts, autism programs and music have added to their lives and quality of life.

This film explores and will show how art, music and technology can help individuals with autism communicate and express themselves. We will also illustrate the benefits that the families of the folks with autism have as a form of respite and culture too.

We need your help to illustrate how the arts, music and tech have and can improve the lives of those with autism as well as their families.

The following is what we need help with:

We want to get our message out there to as many people as possible. Our intent is to  produce a finished DVD and submit a film festival as well. If any proceeds are gained from the video we intend to give 80% or more to the local autism nonprofits.

In order to do the film we need:

-Equipment to film the movie

-Equipment or outside services to edit the film

-Help to review, and make changes to improve the film

-Audio Editing and subtitling

- Final Color Correction

- Audio Mixing

- DVD Replication and Packaging

- Digital Cinematic Package production to screen in cinemas and festivals

- Festival submission costs

We’re asking for the minimum it will cost to get all this done, but every dollar we receive will help us accomplish our goal and distribute the film.

Please,

- Give what you can

- Tell everyone you know

- Help us spread the word

Thank you and we hope you love the film as much as we do.

Risks and challenges

We may not get the people we want to speak. We may run over budget. We may run over time. We may have to get other people involved to help us that we did not expect.

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    All of the above along with an assurance that your name appears near the head of the TAIL CREDITS (in a category called ANGELS.) A music kit for an autistic person.

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