| “Autism is a World” Receives Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations|
“Autism is a World” Receives Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations
State of the Art, Inc. is pleased to announce that “Autism is a World”, produced and directed by Gerardine Wurzburg, has received the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media from the Council on Foundations. “Autism is a World” was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award® in the Documentary Short Subject category and also received the 2005 Media Excellence Award from the Autism Society of America. The film premiered on CNN Presents. The Council on Foundations is an organization of over 2,000 grant making foundations and giving programs worldwide, providing leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities to members organizations and the general public.
The Henry Hampton Award recognizes excellence in documentary filmmaking that focuses on compelling social movements and issues. It is named for influential documentary filmmaker Henry Hampton, who made the miniseries Eyes on the Prize. Film selected have received foundation support for production and/or outreach.
Free copies of “Autism Is a World” have been provided to 16,000 public libraries across the United States, made possible by a grant from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.
“ Autism is a World” is a documentary about Sue Rubin, who is autistic. For 26 years, she has been on an extraordinary journey. Diagnosed with autism when she was 4, Sue was believed to be retarded until age 13. 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 voyage 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 unusual, 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 of CNN Productions and State of the Art, Inc.
Special thanks to the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.
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