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 “Autism Is A World” Nominated for Academy Award®


(Washington, DC – January 25, 2005) -- State of the Art, Inc. is pleased to announce that "Autism Is A World" produced and directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, has been nominated for the 2004 Academy Award® in the Documentary Short Subject category. The nomination is Gerardine Wurzburg’s second; her film “Educating Peter” won the award in the same category in 1992. The 77th Annual Academy Awards® will be broadcast on ABC television on Sunday, February 27th at 8:00pm.

“Autism Is A World” is a documentary about Sue Rubin, who is autistic. For 26 years, she has been on an extraordinary journey. Her unusual behavior led to a diagnosis of autism when she was four. Until age 13, she was believed to be retarded. But then a new communication technique gave Sue the ability to connect with the world. Now, a junior in college with a top IQ, she is a tireless disability-rights activist, and an articulate guide in to a complex disorder.

Written by Sue Rubin and narrated by Julianna Margulies, “Autism Is A World” is a rare and compelling journey into Sue's mind, her daily world, and her struggle with autism. Sue says she is sometimes her own worst nightmare. In this extraordinary film, Sue guides the audience through all that is special, and usual, about her life, providing an unflinching look at the world of autism.

“Autism is a World” combines Sue’s courageous writing with a sensitive, dramatic reading by Margulies. Brought to life through Wurzburg’s powerful filmmaking, “Autism is a World” offers a view of autism as it has rarely been seen--from the inside out.

“Autism Is A World” is a co-production by State of the Art, Inc. and CNN Productions. The film will premiere on CNN Presents, on Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 8:00pm ET.

Special thanks to the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.

For more information, contact: Elissa Ewalt, State of the Art, Inc. Tel: 202-537-0818 ext 13 Fax: 202-537-0828 Email: Website

Credits Producer & Director: Gerardine Wurzburg Writer: Sue Rubin Narrator: Julianna Margulies Co-Producer: Douglas Biklen Associate Producer: Elissa Ewalt Editors: Barbara Ballow, Anny Meza Camera: Gary Griffin Sound: Bob Silverthorne Lighting: Eric Martin Original Music By: John Keltonic Supervising Producer: Jennifer Hyde Executive Director: Jody Gottlieb Managing Editor: Kathy Slobogin Executive Producer: Sid Bedingfield

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