[Videonews] TODAY'S MAN from Filmakers Library

Andrea Traubner (andy@filmakers.com)
Fri, 9 Nov 2007 10:43:53 -0500

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Dear Colleagues:

Everyone seems to be talking about a form of autism called Asperger =
Syndrome. TODAY'S MAN is a surprisingly entertaining film which looks at =
one man with this disability and his wonderful, committed family as they =
help him learn to function in today's demanding society.=20

TODAY'S MAN

Adventures of a Young Man with Asperger Syndrome

Director Lizzie Gottlieb began filming her brother Nicky when he was 21 =
and had just been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome - a high functioning =
form of autism. She sets out to try to understand this disorder and its =
effects on her brother and her family. The big question for all of them =
is whether Nicky will be able to live an independent life.=20

Nicky is a young man of remarkable talents and great charm. At the age =
of three, he became fluent in Italian in two weeks, and could tell you =
the day of the week of any date in the last century or the next. =
However, as a child, and now as an adult, his speech is often peculiar, =
his interests obsessive, and his interactions odd. He lacks an =
understanding of what is socially acceptable, and can often behave =
wildly inappropriately. But he is witty and insightful about his =
strengths and problems.=20

Nicky comes from a family of high achievers who nurture him patiently =
and worry about his future. Will he be able to go out into the world to =
work and love and sustain what we think of as a "normal" life? Nicky =
says of himself "I would describe myself as somewhat addictive, somewhat =
stubborn, somewhat obsessive but deep down I have great determination =
and - so I've been told - I have a lot of love to give."=20

55 min. Video or DVD. Sale $295. Video rental $85.=20

Nantucket Film Festival, 2006=20
Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2006=20
Mendocino Film Festival, 2007=20

"A wonderful, funny, fabulously entertaining film. leads the viewer to =
love Nicky." Judith Helfand, Peabody-award winning film director=20

"A loving yet unflinching look at the paradox of Asperger..." New York =
Daily News.

http://filmakers.com/indivs/Today'sMan.htm

Another film suitable for Psychology and Disability Studies is SUNNY =
INTERVALS AND SHOWERS.

This film was just nominated for a Grierson Award: The British =
Documentary Awards, 2007. It was also nominated for Best Documentary at =
this year's Mental Health Media Awards, BAFTA, 2007.=20

SUNNY INTERVALS AND SHOWERS

Dr. Allan Levi is suspended from work and in trouble at home due to his =
episodes of manic depressive illness (Bipolar Disorder). Filmed in the =
year after Allan's diagnosis, Sunny Intervals is an intimate and ironic =
portrait of a marriage and a family in crisis.

60 min. Video or DVD. Sale $350. Video rental $85.=20

"Levitt's superb documentary touches the core of the all-consuming =
psychic beast that is bipolar disorder. It reveals how understanding and =
familial support after the disease may not prevent the "sufferer's" own =
continued struggle, regardless of medication and treatment." Dr. Philip =
G. Zimbardo, President, American Psychological Association and =
Professor, Stanford University=20

Western Psychological Association 2007
International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD) Conference, Lisbon, =
2006=20
Chicago International Documentary Festival, 2005=20
One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, Berlin and Bratislava, =
2005 Independent Feature Project, N.Y., 2005=20

http://filmakers.com/indivs/SunnyIntervals.htm

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To place orders or receive further information, contact us at:

Filmakers Library=20

124 E. 40 St., NY, NY 10016=20

Tel. 1 800 555 9815 or 212 808 4980=20

Fax. 212 808 4983=20

E-mail: info@filmakers.com=20

Web site: www.filmakers.com=20

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Dear Colleagues:

Everyone seems to be talking about a form of autism called Asperger = Syndrome.=20 TODAY'S MAN is a surprisingly entertaining film which looks at one man = with this=20 disability and his wonderful, committed family as they help him learn to = function in today's demanding society.

TODAY'S MAN

Adventures of a Young Man with Asperger Syndrome

Director Lizzie Gottlieb began filming her brother Nicky when he was = 21 and=20 had just been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome - a high functioning form = of=20 autism. She sets out to try to understand this disorder and its effects = on her=20 brother and her family. The big question for all of them is whether = Nicky will=20 be able to live an independent life.

Nicky is a young man of remarkable talents and great charm. At the = age of=20 three, he became fluent in Italian in two weeks, and could tell you the = day of=20 the week of any date in the last century or the next. However, as a = child, and=20 now as an adult, his speech is often peculiar, his interests obsessive, = and his=20 interactions odd. He lacks an understanding of what is socially = acceptable, and=20 can often behave wildly inappropriately. But he is witty and insightful = about=20 his strengths and problems.

Nicky comes from a family of high achievers who nurture him patiently = and=20 worry about his future. Will he be able to go out into the world to work = and=20 love and sustain what we think of as a "normal" life? Nicky says of = himself "I=20 would describe myself as somewhat addictive, somewhat stubborn, somewhat = obsessive but deep down I have great determination and =96 so I=92ve = been told =97 I=20 have a lot of love to give."

55 min. Video or DVD. Sale $295. Video rental $85.

Nantucket Film Festival, 2006
Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2006=20
Mendocino Film Festival, 2007

"A wonderful, funny, fabulously entertaining film=85 leads the viewer = to love=20 Nicky=85" Judith Helfand, Peabody-award winning film director =

"A loving yet unflinching look at the paradox of Asperger..." = New York=20 Daily News.

http://filmakers.com/= indivs/Today'sMan.htm

Another film suitable for Psychology and Disability Studies is = SUNNY=20 INTERVALS AND SHOWERS.

This film was just nominated for a Grierson Award: The British = Documentary=20 Awards, 2007. It was also nominated for Best Documentary at this year's = Mental=20 Health Media Awards, BAFTA, 2007.

SUNNY INTERVALS AND SHOWERS

Dr. Allan Levi is suspended from work and in trouble at home due to = his=20 episodes of manic depressive illness (Bipolar Disorder). Filmed in the = year=20 after Allan's diagnosis, Sunny Intervals is an intimate and = ironic=20 portrait of a marriage and a family in crisis.

60 min. Video or DVD. Sale $350. Video rental $85.

"Levitt's superb documentary touches the core of the all-consuming = psychic=20 beast that is bipolar disorder. It reveals how understanding and = familial=20 support after the disease may not prevent the "sufferer's" own continued = struggle, regardless of medication and treatment." Dr. Philip G. = Zimbardo,=20 President, American Psychological Association and Professor, Stanford = University=20

Western Psychological Association 2007
International Society for = Affective=20 Disorders (ISAD) Conference, Lisbon, 2006
Chicago International = Documentary=20 Festival, 2005
One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, Berlin = and=20 Bratislava, 2005 Independent Feature Project, N.Y., 2005

http://filmakers.= com/indivs/SunnyIntervals.htm

**********************************************************************=

To place orders or receive further information, contact us at:

Filmakers Library

124 E. 40 St., NY, NY 10016

Tel. 1 800 555 9815 or 212 808 4980

Fax. 212 808 4983

E-mail: info@filmakers.com=20

Web site: www.filmakers.com=20

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