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"A Thousand Words" - A documentary about art and autism's video poster

This film explores and illustrates how art can help individuals with autism communicate and express themselves. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 23, 2012.

This film explores and illustrates how art can help individuals with autism communicate and express themselves.

About this project

Autism for many people is typically associated with silence and non-verbal expression. For us as parents and siblings, the silence is deafening and never fits what we know is going on inside. We set out to make a film that shows how much they have to say. We received funding from friends and family; we took what we had and got started.

"A Thousand Words" is a film that demonstrates that people with autism can express themselves and communicate through art. Production took 4-5 weeks throughout 2011. Principal photography took place in a farmstead community for adults with autism; Bittersweet Farms in Ohio.  We have finished the edit and achieved picture lock.

We want to get our message out there to as many people as possible. Our intent is to submit the film to festivals and produce a finished DVD for sale.

The film is finished, but we have more to do in order to get it ready for screening:

- Final Color Correction 

- Audio Mixing

- DVD Replication and Packaging

- Digital Cinematic Package production to screen in cinemas and festivals

- Festival submission costs

Until now, this film has come into being through the kind donations of friends and advocates who believe in the message we're trying to deliver. Our dedicated crew have worked hard for little money getting it to this stage; now we need your help to push it over the finish line.

The residents of Bittersweet have given us some incredible stories to tell. However, the amazing people in this film will never see the the benefits unless the film gets out there and changes the way we approach autism. It will promote greater awareness of this condition, how it affects them as adults, and how art changes their lives. With the rising prevalence and diagnosis in society today it's not just a beautiful story, it's an important one.

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.


- 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.


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    10 backers

    In addition to our sincere thanks you will receive a postcard featuring the work of one of the artists in the film. That and you will be safe in the knowledge that you are seriously awesome.

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    60 backers

    You will receive a copy of the finished film on DVD in addition to the Bittersweet Farms art postcard.

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    32 backers

    In addition to everything else you will receive a poster of the film signed by the filmmakers.

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    15 backers

    For your kind donation you will receive everything above and a ticket to the Cleveland Premiere of "A Thousand Words" with a Q&A with the film makers afterwards.

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    6 backers

    Again all of the above, except this time you will receive (2) tickets to the Cleveland Premiere, your name will appear in the credits as an "Angel" backer of the film and you will receive a quality (11.5x8) print of one of the works of art featured in the film.

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    2 backers

    Everything, plus an original work of art by one of the artists of Bittersweet as thanks for supporting their film.

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    1 backer

    In addition to all of the above and our eternal gratitude you will now be in the credits as an "Executive Producer" and you will be invited with one guest to have dinner with the filmmakers at one of Cleveland's best restaurants! Also, Bittersweet Farms has offered to give the executive producers a guided tour of their amazing community!

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Funding period

- (40 days)