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The Odd Way Home The Odd Way Home is a beautifully crafted and heartfelt film, with solid performances and spectacular imagery. The storytelling is fluid and often raw, revealing a painful past, but offering plenty of elegant and small, utterly human moments that endear you to these odd travelers.” – Angela Catanzaro, Television Editor

THIS MOVIE IS A LIFE-CHANGER – WATCH IT, OWN IT!

“A profoundly moving story about a young man with autism who has been ostracized by his father and finds a kindred spirit who does not have autism. The word autism is never mentioned in the movie, but the viewer gains enormous insight into the behavior and thinking of an autistic man and is able to make the diagnosis without being told” — Dr. Barry Ramo

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Reviews

Why you should see this movie I just saw ODD WAY HOME at the Albuquerque Film Festival, where it deservedly won the Audience Choice for Best Picture. Knowing it’s content and that it was a low-budget labor of love, I had very modest expectations. Well, fact is I was stunned. There are two stellar performances from Chris Marquette and Rumer Willis that carry the film. She is a screwed up singer headed to LA and he an autistic soul, who come together in an odd way (no spoilers) and grow individually and jointly. These are performances you could only get from great talents early in their careers. They are so alive and vulnerable my wife and I literally forgot we were watching a movie. You cry, hurt and laugh with them in ways you just never will with a “star” driven and laden movie. We all seek intimacy, profound intimacy. It’s here in all it’s tenderness, bitterness and brutality; yet it resonates. All I can say is see it. You will be changed, for afterward you will not see people the same way. It makes you compassionate. This is really the kind of film aimed at the heart, not at the box-office or cash box. While it’s not perfect it is pure INDY expression at it’s near best. –Zev Guber
I really enjoyed this film. First, I was totally impressed with Rumer Willis’s acting chops. She was really strong, as was the actor playing the lead male role, Duncan. The film was interesting from the very beginning. I had no idea what was going to happen, and I was curious/engaged the whole time. I prefer films that feature characters that are complicated in some way, as I think people in general are more interesting when they are complex. And not the sort of shallow complexity that you find in many films these days, but true life experience driven complexity. The characters in this film had so much richness and depth and I related to them in different ways. I found myself very involved in their story. I thought it was really good. I highly recommend. –Ashleigh Star
Best Movie of the Year This is a visually stunning film with a story that pulls in the viewer. The characters are diverse and interesting. Their humanity and imperfections are central to the beauty of the film. The viewer travels with the characters and experiences what is around each corner as they do. I hope this is part one of this story because I hated to see it end. The acting is strong and even. Cartwright’s experience shows. But there is no distracting poor acting in this film. There is a difficult balance achieved between humor and profound seriousness. Worth a see! You will learn, laugh, and cry. –I Bondmau
An emotional pull This movie is so well written. It reminded me of a series of vignettes, after the mid point I thought that every scene was going to be the last one and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t. There are a lot of emotions packed into the movie as a whole. There were points when I was shocked, some when I laughed out loud, and some when I shed a tear. I haven’t seen many films that can pull that breadth of responses from me. I was really taken by Willis’ performance. She had never been a serious consideration to me, but now I am looking forward to watching her future work. –Mrs T. Rex
Dying to see this movie again!! The Odd Way Home is a movie that will stay with you for days. You laugh, you cry but most importantly you reflect. Rumer’s performance was so honest. A young women who has been dealt a bad hand. Her performance particular the detox scene really makes you think how far just a little bit of kindness can go and how everyone needs someone to stand up for them. One of the best scenes that I have ever seen in any movie is the one that takes place between Rumer and Veronica Cartright. Knee buckling. I can’t wait to see this movie again and again. Another note…the music combined with the cinematography is a real piece of art. I can’t wait to buy the soundtrack (please include Rumer’s song if you can) and I can’t wait to go on my next road trip. Thank you! –Rebecca Kate
A jewel at the Austin Film Festival! This film was, by far, the best film I saw at the Austin Film Festival. The storyline left me laughing one minute and crying the next, and the performances by the two leads– especially Marquette– are Oscar worthy. Rumer’s portrayal of damaged young woman, Maya, reminded me of a performance we might have seen from Kristen Stewart, save for a couple of actions that could have been clearer. But, overall, she was breathtaking in this role. And where exactly has Chris Marquette been hiding? This guy is an incredible actor. He managed to portray this kind-hearted, autistic man in a way that was equal parts comical and heartbreaking but always one hundred percent truthful. This is definitely one to see if you’re a fan of emotion or humanity. –Noimnota
Very beautiful film. This is a very moving, and lovely film. The writing was unique, clever, and sharp. The acting seemed effortless, and was extremely spot-on. Maya was a very sharp, natural, and empathetic character played by Rumer Willis. Her voice/music was also very nice (might I add). Chris Marquette just could not have done better with his very intricate/lovable character. One of my favorite performances was portrayed by Veronica Cartwright towards the very end of the film. Just truly great all around. I would highly suggest this film. All the performances were at the level they should have been. No one over did it or under-did it. –Jodilynn Thomas
Stunning The Odd Way Home is a film that tells the gripping story of a young woman dealing with her lot in life often having made bad decisions along her path. It touches on something that almost every young adult and adult can relate to; this one included. It was beautifully written and expertly executed. I was blown away by the depth of the characters and particularly by Willis and Marquette’s portrayals of them. Honestly, who has been keeping these actors under lock and key? They were so honest and real that I felt I was sitting in on the scenes with them. Which, by the way, speaks to the beautiful cinematography that the film maintains throughout. This film is gut wrenching and heartwarming. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It gave me hope, took it away, and gave it back again. It’s a film about life and making one’s way through it the best way that they can. I highly recommend this film and plan to add it to the shelves of my personal library. Yes, I still have movies on DVD on my shelves. –Christine Scanlon
A beautiful film of an unusual journey The Odd Way Home shows us the journey of Maya, a damaged young singer and Duncan, a sheltered young man, from hostile strangers to family. In one of the best scenes in the film, the two talk about how the desert was once the sea floor as they drive through the night. As if they are traveling through an alternate universe, what looks like snow shimmers past the windows. The audience shares the sense of awe with Duncan and Maya. It’s moments like these that set The Odd Way Home apart. There is not a single clichéd moment in this film. Rumer Willis is vulnerable as Maya and Chris Marquette is amazing at Duncan. It will make you cry. The supporting cast is strong, especially Veronica Cartwright, who will blow you away. Also what a wonderful surprise to discover that Rumer is a kick ass singer! –MG Spampi
The Odd Way Home is a beautifully crafted and heartfelt film, with solid performances and spectacular imagery. The storytelling is fluid and often raw, revealing a painful past, but offering plenty of elegant and small, utterly human moments that endear you to these odd travelers.” – Angela Catanzaro, Television Editor

THIS MOVIE IS A LIFE-CHANGER – WATCH IT, OWN IT!

“A profoundly moving story about a young man with autism who has been ostracized by his father and finds a kindred spirit who does not have autism. The word autism is never mentioned in the movie, but the viewer gains enormous insight into the behavior and thinking of an autistic man and is able to make the diagnosis without being told” — Dr. Barry Ramo

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In 1996 Karen Simmons (author, keynote speaker, and businesswoman in autism-related endeavors) had a vision to simplify the information gathering and evaluating process for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders… and Autism Today was the outcome. Autism Today receives over 2 million hits a month which consists of 55,000 unique visitors and 25,000 members.  They are from all walks of life, both urban and rural virtually from around the entire planet! These numbers confirm not only that the need for information is vast but also that the information we provide is relevant to the worldwide community!  With our broad database of highly interactive members, we are an excellent established vehicle to conduct surveys and find interested participants for research projects and educational training.  We would certainly entertain partnering in this area.

With over 2,500 pages of content which is growing daily, Autism Today is the largest autism resource online and one of the leading autism and Aspergers resource distributor in the world.  With over fifty world-renowned speakers, authors and presenters, and more to come, we bring the best of the best to everyone seeking information. Since our company’s inception, we have secured exclusive distributorships for several autism-related publishing houses and product manufacturers.  At the beginning of 2004, our product list more than doubled to include almost 250 items— educational toys, CDs presenting music, guided visualizations, and interactive software, autobiographies and anthologies of humorous anecdotes, reference texts and ???quick tip guides.”  We will continue to expand our offerings so that we can provide the most comprehensive autism-related resources available to the ASD community.

Autism Today is a leading autism workshop and conference provider in Canada and we had our first autism conference in Honolulu??Hawaii this January.  We host the well-recognized and well-received Keys to the Treasure Chest conferences across the country, inviting Dr. Tony Attwood, Maria Bird-West Wheeler, Carol Gray, Nathan Ory, Catherine Faherty, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Barry Prizant,Stephen Shore, Dr. Jed Baker and other greats to share their wisdom with our audiences. These passionate world-class experts provide skill-building opportunities for educators, professionals, parents and people with autism in all areas of the understanding, treatment, and management of autism related disorders.

Autism Today also promotes awareness of autism and Aspergers syndrome issues through its bookstore presence at other workshops and seminars across Canada.  We enjoy working with other groups to help solve the common problems and misconceptions surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders while empowering others through our non-profit Canadian based organization called the KEEN Education Foundation..

The Autism Today website aims to be the premier information dispenser to the autism community worldwide.  Autism Today.com was the first to provide a cutting edge tool for people within the autism community to list and locate events and conferences as well as other services like professionals, camps, employment and much more.  These regional listings can help you connect with families and specialists within your area and, as we all know, that kind of personal and professional support can make a world of difference on a challenging day!

The Autism Today website www.autismtoday.com  is a creative, interactive, one-stop shop where you can find everything you need to navigate the maze of ASD-related information…  Karen’s ambition is to eliminate obstacles that can be present when dealing with special needs issues by providing the most efficient and effective information access tool available today.  Her vision is to shine light on special needs by empowering individuals on the spectrum to become their personal best.

The website offers an extensive archive of articles and research summaries, a resource store, advice from a wide array of Autism Experts, an Online Gallery of creative works from the international autism community, Autism Education Online™, live Tele-Classes, and much MORE!

This is a brief summary, which is just the tip of the iceberg about our hopes, dreams and our goals.  We would love to work with your organization to help bring autism to the minds and hearts of every person in the world while empowering individuals with autism to become their personal best.

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