This project started in 2010 using the crowd-sourcing Pepsi Refresh Project to earn funding for The United States of Autism. It was then on to 40 days of filming in Full HD, editing for 2 years, more crowd-sourcing through Kickstarter, and a subsequent theatrical release in April 2013. It played in over 100 US cities, 30+ countries, and qualified for Oscar consideration for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, placing it in the top .001% documentaries worldwide. All though it didn’t receive a nomination, I was excited of what everyone involved accomplished on a budget of less than $65k.
…the documentary’s chosen angle is meaningful: The world of autism is as diverse as the nation.. NY Times
…Ultimately, the film succeeds in its admirable goal of putting a human face on a disorder that many of those who lack a personal connection to it fail to fully comprehend or, in the worst cases, tolerate…Hollywood Reporter
Candor, warmth and impressive displays of fortitude abound… LA Times
Our byline: Follow one man’s 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across the American landscape to visit twenty families and individuals affected by autism while searching for answers for his own son. With interviews from around the nation that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds – each conducted in the participants’ original language – the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the people who give America its heart.