Aspergers Society of Ontario

Aspergers Society of Ontario

March 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Aspergers Society of Ontario Hosts Special Screening of "THE BOY INSIDE"

Award-Winning Filmmaker Marianne Kaplan's Personal Documentary Looks at Life With Adam, Her Son with Asperger Syndrome.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - The Aspergers Society of Ontario today announced that it is presenting a special screening of award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Marianne Kaplan's documentary THE BOY INSIDE. The documentary will be presented during a public screening, followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Marianne Kaplan and her son, Adam, the subject of the film.

In THE BOY INSIDE, Kaplan turns the camera on her own family, with a candid and moving story about her 12 year-old son, Adam, and a turbulent year in the life of a family. Adam has Asperger Syndrome (AS), an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characterized by difficulties with social interaction that make it difficult for children to function well in school.

As he enters adolescence, Adam struggles to navigate the complex youth culture of his school peers and his often stormy home relationships with his mother, father and older sister. Will Adam be able to develop the necessary social skills and learn how to make, and keep, friends so he doesn't feel so utterly alone? THE BOY INSIDE is a rare and intimate portrait of Asperger Syndrome from the inside, told from both Adam's point of view and those of the other members of his family.



When: Saturday, March 24, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. (ET) to 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
Where: The Velma Rogers Graham Theatre
333 Bloor Street East (cnr Jarvis) in the Subfloor level
Details: Doors open at 2:00 p.m. / Screening begins at 2:30 p.m.
Q&A: Screening is followed by an informative question and answer
session with Kaplan and her son Adam; Beth Kingston,
Educational Advocate and a parent of a teen with Asperger
Syndrome; and Margot Nelles, Executive Director of the Aspergers
Society of Ontario.
Cost: Members $10 / Non-Members $15
RSVP: Email aspergers.society@sympatico.ca with 'Tickets to
TBI Screening' in the subject line


About the Aspergers Society of Ontario

The Aspergers Society of Ontario is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and concerned professionals. It is the only agency in Ontario that is solely devoted to serving the AS population. The agency's mission is to provide education, resources and support to individuals with AS, their families, educators, medical and mental health professionals, employers, government and the community, to enable individuals with AS to realize their potential as fully contributing members of their community. Its goals are to improve public and professional awareness and understanding of the unique challenges, strengths and needs of individuals with AS and their families; promote and support research and the development of diagnostic, treatment and education programs for those with AS; provide information and referrals for families and professionals and others interested in AS; and initiate programs and services which respond to the needs of those with AS and their families. Additional information is available at www.aspergers.ca.

About THE BOY INSIDE

THE BOY INSIDE is a rare, first-hand portrait of living with Asperger Syndrome, and an intimate peek behind the curtain into a troubled year of a family in crisis. For additional information, please visit the website for THE BOY INSIDE: www.theboyinside.com.

Vancouver filmmaker Marianne Kaplan's film credits include the thoughtful, hour-long documentary Deconstructing Supper, about genetically-modified foods, Petroglyphs: Images in Stone, a powerful film about the first peoples of the Pacific North West, and Songololo: Voices of Change, the first post-apartheid film about South Africa. Songololo, which depicts the powerful role black South African culture plays in the survival and triumph of a people, won numerous awards and was nominated for a Genie Award as Best Documentary.

THE BOY INSIDE is produced and directed by Marianne Kaplan. The film was written by Kaplan and Dawn Brett, Rolf Cutts is the cinematographer, Jeff Henschel the sound recordist, Janice Brown the editor, and John Sereda composed the music. The commissioning editor for CBC Newsworld is Andrew Johnson.

THE BOY INSIDE is produced by MSK Productions Inc., in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Newsworld), Discovery Health Canada, and Knowledge Network, and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CTF: License Fee Program, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund - Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canwest Western Independent Producers Fund, developed with the participation of British Columbia Film and with the assistance of the Province of BC - Film Incentive BC, and the Government of Canada - Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program. Website development supported by B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development and CBC.

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