• Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:30:24View | Delete

    THANKS EVERYONE!!! We really appreciate it!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:28:59View | Delete

    And make sure to have people watch it on POV next Monday at 10 pm EST! http://www.pbs.org/pov/bestkeptsecret/

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:28:27View | Delete

    Everyone, please spread the word about the film!!! http://bestkeptsecretfilm.com/

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:26:05View | Delete

    In Erik’s case, he has sponsor parents, because his biological mother is too sick to care for him. Sponsor parents are different from foster parents – they are not actually his legal guardians, but they do get a very small amount of money to care for him. The Barnhardts are truly amazing people who have a lot of love to give, so they have chosen to take in children who don’t have parents to care for them, yet they lack legal rights that biological or foster parents would have, so unfortunately, they cannot get as many resources from the state as foster or biological parents can for the kids they care for.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:14:55View | Delete

    Maybe if Oprah ever gets the chance to screen the film, she can play it at her house in Maui :)

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:13:52View | Delete

    Yes, we will definitely be working together again. We have been called the Odd Couple of documentary, but we are great friends and work really well together. I think we balance each other well. We have a couple of irons in the fire, one of which is documentary, and one of which is fiction. We can’t really disclose many details about these yet, but stay tuned!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:12:24View | Delete

    Wow, that would be AMAZING!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 17:06:38View | Delete

    Ultimately, we want this film to be seen by as many people as possible to spread awareness of the need for these resources. I’d be very surprised to meet someone who did not have a friend, relative, or colleague with a child on the autism spectrum, and so this issue touches all of us. We are trying to spread the film and the message of the film on a national level. We’ve talked a lot about trying to get Oprah Winfrey behind the film. We really feel like Oprah would LOVE this film, and love Janet Mino. Having the support of someone as impactful and vocal as her would be incredible in terms of this film being able to make a difference!
    So, does anyone in this chat know Oprah?? :) I’m only half kidding.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:59:21View | Delete

    We do know that if families and parents know about it, they can go to state organizations to try to get funding from various agencies – but that is very tricky and a bureaucratic nightmare. And every state is different. On a private level, I really don’t know but I have a feeling they are few and far between. If anyone knows about any organizations, please chime in!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:47:28View | Delete

    It will, but first we will be focusing on our digital release – getting the film on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and then Netflix, so the most people possible can see it. It will be released digitally on November 12th.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:46:37View | Delete

    True! There are so many outstanding and inspiring people we met making this film in Newark. Bradley and Doris Key – Quran’s parents, and the Barnhardts, Eric Taylor’s sponsor parents – have so much strength, and love and humor. Dr. Johnson-Green, the other teachers and administrators at JFK – everyone from the gym teacher to the janitor was so full of love, hope, and strength.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:44:27View | Delete

    It’s totally genuine. Every time we’ve shown the film that she has been in attendance, when she walks onstage for a Q & A she gets a standing ovation. She is truly incredible. Even the best teachers I know say they are in awe of her. She is a one in a million individual.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:40:54View | Delete

    Thank you! That is so great; what a lovely idea!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:39:52View | Delete

    EXACTLY! And that is definitely why we made this film. These young adults are so incredible and unique and hilarious and all have amazing personalities. And like Janet Mino always says, they can teach you a lot about life and about yourself. So we wanted to make a film that showed them as wonderful people who the audience fell in love with, and in turn would think, these people are here, and they deserve a good quality of life like the rest of us do; like all humans do.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:33:46View | Delete

    I really don’t know. I know that in terms of giving adults with disabilities in general a good quality of life, France and Canada in particular are doing some amazing things. They have a lot more government sanctioned resources to help them live in programs that are enriching and productive and give more government money. But overall, I have heard anecdotely that the U.S. is ahead of the curve on this one, as bleak as it sometimes seems here in certain communities.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:28:48View | Delete

    A lot of children are being diagnosed earlier, and early diagnosis is the key. The earlier teachers and parents start knowing how to educate their autistic children, the more impactful what they do is. I don’t think they are just being stuck on drugs; I think there is a lot of great teaching about what really works for kids with autism – repetition, teaching life skills and social interaction, etc.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:26:36View | Delete

    Of course, if you want to screen it in Maui, we’d love to come out there for the Q & A :)

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:25:44View | Delete

    We’ve played at a few festivals – IFF Boston, AFI Docs, Montclair Film Festival, and just ended a theatrical release in N.Y. and L.A. Next Monday night at 10 pm, we will be on PBS’ POV series – http://www.pbs.org/pov/bestkeptsecret/ There is the link to information. You can also plan your own screening via Tugg, a crowd-sourcing screening organization. You just go here – http://www.tugg.com/titles/best-kept-secret and then click on “Create an Event.” Then you invite people to come, and it comes to a theatre near you if you get enough guests to sign up!

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:21:12View | Delete

    I think it’s a combination of both. I think it’s definitely being diagnosed more, because there is more education and awareness of it. Whereas, a decade ago, kids who had autistic behaviors were just thought to be different and were not diagnosed or identified, there is a lot more information about what autism is right now. And like you said, the spectrum is very broad. So people like Steve Jobs have even been identified as possibly having Aspergers’ syndrome.

  • Danielle DiGiacomo commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Best Kept Secret

    2013-09-16 16:15:50View | Delete

    No, it just happens that statistically more males than females have autism, and so that is how her class ended up.

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