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It’s been a while since I sent you a newsletter, but lots has been happening. At the top of the list is the release of the documentary of Far from the Tree, which opens on July 20th in New York (at IFC Center and JCC Manhattan), on the 27th in Los Angeles (at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre), then nationwide in the weeks that follow. I’ve put the current schedule below, with ticket links and notice of the screenings after which I will do a Q&A.
Making a documentary is a very different process from writing a book; a book recounts what has happened while a documentary pursues what is happening. The film of Far from the Tree is its own creation, capturing and extending the real message of the book. It’s intimate and humane and in some places funny. It tells the stories of six families, including my own. Far from the Tree was directed by Rachel Dretzin and is being distributed by Sundance Selects. It will be available for download in August, but we hope to get you to come see it in a theater if you can. It’s large in its ambitions and plays to great effect on the big screen.
We’ve worked on it for more than three years, going deep into the lives of families with children who are different, looking at the psychology of claiming supposed defects as loci of triumph. During the time we were making it, there was a presumption within American and British society that people who were marginal deserved their place in the national discourse; in this new era of exclusion, the stories of remarkable people who are outside the mainstream feel increasingly political. This is a film about the diversity that has made America great.
Come watch it if you can.
My best always,
(Corrected and Updated)
Friday, July 20, 2018
IFC Center, New York, New York
Q&A with Dretzin and Solomon: 7/20 @ 5:05 PM, 7:25 PM;
7/21 @ 5:05 PM, 7:25 PM
JCC Manhattan, New York, New York
Q&A with Dretzin and Solomon: 7/20 @ 3:00 PM
Q&A with Dretzin: 7/22 @ 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM
Friday, July 27, 2018
Royal Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Q&A with Dretzin and Solomon: 7/27 @ 7:45 PM;
7/28 @ 10:00 AM, 5:30 PM, 7:45 PM
Friday, August 3, 2018
Opera Plaza Cinemas, San Francisco, California
Town Center 5, Encino, California
Playhouse 7, Pasadena, California
Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Q&A with Dretzin: 8/3 @ 7:00 PM; 8/4 @ 4:35 PM, 7:00 PM
Lagoon Cinema, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Clairidge Cinemas, Montclair, New Jersey
Roslyn Cinemas 4, Roslyn Heights, New York
Cinema 100, White Plains, New York
Ritz at the Bourse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Magnolia, Dallas, Texas
West End Cinema, Washington, DC
Friday, August 10, 2018
Shea 14, Scottsdale, Arizona
3Below Theaters and Lounge, San Jose, California
Mayan Theatre, Denver, Colorado
Palace 17, Hartford, Connecticut
Criterion Cinemas, New Haven, Connecticut
Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Frontenac, Missouri
Criterion Cinemas at Movieland, Richmond, Virginia
Friday, August 17, 2018
Nickelodeon 4, Santa Cruz, California
Cosford Cinema, Coral Gables, Florida
Century Centre Cinema, Chicago, Illinois
Q&A with Solomon: 8/17 @ 7:15 PM; 8/18 @ 1:45 PM, 4:30 PM
Keystone Art Cinema 7, Indianapolis, Indiana
Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany, New York
Gateway Film Center, Columbus, Ohio
Living Room Theaters, Portland, Oregon
Harris Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Winchester, Virginia
Friday, August 31, 2018
Celebration Cinema Woodland 14, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Friday, September 7, 2018
State Theatre, Modesto, California
On July 27, Far from the Tree will also available for viewing on demand from the following cable providers: Altice (Optimum), AT&T, Bend Broadband, Buckeye, Comcast (Xfinity), Cox, DirecTV, Frontier, Guadalupe Valley, Hotwire Communications, MetroCast Cablevision, Midcontinent Communications, RCN, Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon (Fios), WOW Internet Cable.
About the Film
These are stories fundamentally about how love enables families, when coupled with steadfast determination, to overcome their pain and the stigma they may feel; and it is about how individuals can come to accept themselves, to have a good life – a life with dignity.
While this is, on one level, a movie about disability and difference, it succeeds in being a more universally relatable film about family and an investigation into the very nature of family itself, in all of its diverse messy glory.
The new documentary, based on Andrew Solomon’s book of the same name, explores the depth of parents’ love as they raise children with conditions such as autism, Down syndrome and dwarfism.
The film profiles a number of people with forms of difference — including dwarfism, autism, and Down syndrome — to ask an important question: What do we decide to celebrate?
Following the premiere of the documentary Far from the Tree at the DOC NYC Festival, the author and director take questions from the audience.