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Sigourney Weaver as an Autistic Mom

By August 18, 2006

"Snowcake" is a new movie starring Sigourney Weaver. Her character is intened to be a mother on the autism spectrum, and Weaver did a good deal of research to prepare herself for the part. Keep your eyes on the movie listings for the film -- and post your reviews here!
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March 22, 2007 at 10:25 am
(1) Tracy Baisden says:

Contact Information:
Tracy M. Baisden, Publicist
Autism Treatment Center of America
2080 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01258
413-229-8063 ext 200
btracy@option.org
http://www.autismtreatment.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (March 15, 2007)

“US Release of Award Winning Film Snow Cake to be Gala Charity Premiere to benefit the Autism Treatment Center of America during Autism Awareness Month”

Sheffield, MA – The Autism Treatment Center of America will be holding a Gala Charity Movie Premiere of the award winning film Snow Cake, starring Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Carrie Ann Moss, on April 20, 2007 at 7:00 pm. The US premiere will be held at the lovingly restored Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center located in the Berkshires in Great Barrington, MA as a benefit for The Son-Rise Program, the home-based, child-centered program taught at The Autism Treatment Center of America. General Admission tickets will be sold through The Mahaiwe Box Office for $25.00 per person and limited VIP Passes, that include a lavish cocktail reception at The Castle Street Café, will be sold for $75.00 each person.

This very special event will be held during National Autism Awareness Month to raise awareness of autism which currently affects 1 in 150 children in the US. Snow Cake screenwriter, Angela Pell, and her husband, Executive Producer Henry Normal, participated in The Son-Rise Program with their autistic son, Johnny for over four years.

“The two most important things the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program has taught me and that run as themes in the movie are one, it is incredibly important and liberating to live in the present and two, we can decide how we feel about things,” said Angela Pell. “We can choose to find the positive in often the most challenging of situations.”

Snow Cake is a drama about the friendship between Linda, an autistic woman (Weaver), and Alex (Rickman) who is traumatized after a car accident involving Linda’s daughter.

Sales of tickets ($25.00 for general admission and $75.00 for VIP passes) will bolster the Autism Treatment Center of America’s scholarship fund, enabling children and families to receive financial assistance for Son-Rise Programs. Fundraising dollars will also provide specialized training for Son-Rise teachers needed throughout the world to serve the ever-growing numbers of Autistic children.

Since 1974, The Son-Rise Program, through the Autism Treatment Center of America has worked with over 22,000 families and individuals around the globe through intensive family programs, in-home outreaches, professional courses and worldwide seminars. The Autism Treatment Center of America is a division of The Option Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting event or to request an interview or photos to use in your stories, please contact:

Tracy M. Baisden, Publicist
Autism Treatment Center of America
2080 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01258
413-229-8063 ext 200
btracy@option.org

To purchase tickets or contact
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater
244 Main Street, P.O. Box 690 Great Barrington, MA 01230
Laura Chekow
413-528-0100
http://www.mahaiwe.org

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