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April 21, 2010


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Leisa A. Hammett

In keeping with Mayor Karl Dean's recommendations that we keep the focus on our city's flood recovery program, the rescheduled screening (Fri., May 7) has now been canceled. The film & panel may be rescheduled in June. Check by here and Nashville Community Cinema's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000466632930#!/group.php?gid=29088391963&ref=ts

Leisa A. Hammett

The Saturday 4/24 event was cancelled bc of the tornadic activity.

Rescheduled event: Friday, May 7, 6:15 reception. 7-8 movie. 8-8:45 panel discussion. (Unlike the previously scheduled event, we will not be hosting a separate book signing for our book during the reception. I will, however, be on the panel, which will discuss how families are affected by autism.) Location: Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt University campus.

Leisa A. Hammett

"The Horse Boy" will premiere at least on PBS - NPT in Nashville on May 11. Check local listings.

Leisa A. Hammett

Just found this link about Mongolia's Wild Horses and a trip there by Julia Roberts on my favorite blog: http://www.chookooloonks.com/blog/2010/4/27/on-creating-a-life-list.html -- http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/wild-horses-of-mongolia-with-julia-roberts/introduction/2887/

Plans are underway to attempt a rescheduling of the Nashville viewing within two weeks, before the May PBS premiere of the movie.

Leisa A. Hammett

Just re'cd an email from a friend who watched the movie on Netflix. FYI. She quoted the following, which I sorta remember, but wish I'd made greater note:

"The Dad’s prayer at toward the end was wonderful, something I thing should be shouted from the rooftops!

Quote from "The Horse Boy" (this is the Dad speaking)...'I want to say a prayer for all of us who live with autism... I hope... we find a way to understand and integrate this enigma into the best of our society and the best of who we are; and that it helps to bring out the best in us all...That's my prayer...Anyway, I'm grateful. Thank you.
I'm grateful, Thank you.'"

Leisa A. Hammett

Hello, Everyone! Jenny-Jenny, thank you for coming back here again. The movie is now, as of this week, available on DVD, according to "The Horse Boy" Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/The-Horse-Boy/88586437853?ref=ts (See "others" section 4 this info if link doesn't take you there. It is at least one wall comment down.)

If you live in a major city that has an ITVS free Community Cinema program, the film is premiering via this program in 50 cities. Some cities have already shown it.

Lastly, Jenny-Jenny, it will be coming to PBS. However, not all PBS stations run the same programming. But, you can champion your local affiliate station to run the movie. Hope that helps! Three options!

Nancy, I love your contemplative comments here. It lets me know how connected we are on another level, soul-sister! I love your observations above. So true. And, thanks for the reassurance I didn't spoil it. I got a little freaked when the ITVS liaison said I should run the spoiler alert when I told her what I'd reveal, then she ended up saying I hadn't spoiled it, but like you, said, I made it more attractive to potential viewers on the fence about seeing it.

Tracy: Hello! May "the path" work for you to see it. Sounds like that could happen in the near future! ;-)


This sounds really interesting, I wouldn't mind seeing it. If the path works, I'm all for that. :o)

nancy at goodfoodmatters

Great post, Leisa. Sounds like an amazing film---and I don't have the sense that you " spoiled" anything in your review---rather, you make a compelling case for going to see it. So many times, these exotic journeys we make are more potent than we realize and create profound results (in shifts of consciousness)that take time to unfold and even verbalize.


Leisa, do you think there will be a time when the movie will be available for people outside Nashville to view it? It looks really interesting. I'm pretty unlearned of the world of autism. I am familiar with a few families who have a child with asperger syndrome but that is the extent of my experience. I am new to your blog and haven't read much yet to know more about you, but I really appreciate what you are doing to help educate the rest of us about the ordeals of autism.

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