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“Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” – ReelAbilities Film Fest Preview

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Congregation Har Shalom: 11510 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

RespectAbility, in partnership with Congregation Har Shalom, is proud to present the acclaimed film “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in a sneak-peek preview event for the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is organized by the Jewish Community Center of Northern VA.

“Spectrum” made its world premiere at the United Nations General Assembly and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary Short. The film explores the inner sensory experience of autism. While autism is largely regarded as a social disorder, Spectrum reveals the underlying sensory differences that create an autistic perspective. Sensory issues render a world where vision, sound, touch and smell can be intense. The story is a series of character driven portraits beginning with Temple Grandin. Other characters include a non-speaking poet, painter, martial artist and group of children. Rather than fearing autism, “Spectrum” seeks to understand it.

This film contains overwhelming and flashing imagery that may cause sensory overload. Please be advised.

Following the screening, please join Har Shalom’s Disability Committee Co-Chairs Lauren Appelbaum and Randy May, who will be leading a panel discussion about this topic, welcoming conversation from all attendees.

RSVP to LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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