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THE REASON I JUMP

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. Moments in the lives of each of the characters are ?linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. NR / 82 min. 

Presented in partnership with:

Autism McLean

Founded in 2002 Autism Mclean has worked to develop a network of information and resources for families in and around McLean County. We are an all-volunteer organization working to build connections between families the community. 

https://autismmclean.org/ 

https://www.facebook.com/autismmclean


Autism Friendly Community (AFC) 

Is Autism McLean’s community outreach program— helping McLean County to be truly autism­-friendly: one business, one organization, one person at a time! We partner with local businesses, organizations and individuals to expand awareness and inclusion. AFC is made up of several disability not-for-profit organizations.

https://autismfriendly.community/ 

https://www.facebook.com/autismfriendlycommunitymclean


The Autism Place (TAP at ISU)  

The Autism Place is a training and research center that has been providing direct services to children with ASD, their families and support personnel since 2002.  The services are funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, support from Illinois State University, generous support from Friends of TAP (a 501C3), and a host of private donations.  Therefore, services are currently available at no direct cost to the families.  

https://psychology.illinoisstate.edu/psc/autism/

https://www.facebook.com/The-Autism-Place-489081167885070/

theautismplace@gmail.com


Friends of The Autism Place

Their mission is for the advancement of Autism awareness/education, to provide financial support, and raise community awareness on behalf of The Autism Place at Illinois State University serving families living with an autism related disorder.

For More information visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friends.of.tap/


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ROCK CAMP: THE MOVIE

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in this new documentary, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes - and learn to rock like the legends. Rock Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York and other cities since 1996. The brainchild of music producer David Fishof, Rock Camp boasts a jaw-dropping array of rock star “counselors” that include Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Slash and countless other rock legends. The counselors teach, inspire and jam with the campers over the course of four days. Each Rock Camp concludes with all of the counselors and their respective campers, performing together. 

 From January 15 to January 31, $1 from every ticket sold will benefit MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

 In addition to the feature, there will be a pre-recorded Q&A available to view beginning Saturday, 1/16, for all ticket buyers.

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2 WEEKS IN LAGOS

Director Kathryn Fasegha's new romantic comedy is a turbulent and thrilling journey into the lives of Ejikeme and Lola, whose paths collide when investment banker Ejikeme comes home from the United States with Lola’s brother Charlie to invest in Nigerian businesses. Upon meeting Lola, Ejikeme falls in love with her and must defy his parents’ plan to marry him to the daughter of a wealthy politician. 2 WEEKS IN LAGOS captures the excitement, vibrancy, and complexity of everyday life in Lagos, a dynamic city where anything is possible in two weeks. NR / 115 min. $10 

 “Nigerian filmmaker Kathryn Fasegha’s sophomore feature is one of those great surprises that remind us why we love movies. Through the simple premise of two families coming to terms to decide their future and legacy, focusing on the romantic bridge between the youngsters, the director conceives a heart-warming, enchanted, funny and perceptive look at family values, faith, integrity, pure love and capital interests.” ~ Brazilian Press

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