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Critically Acclaimed Film to Screen in Knoxville Exclusively

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Tokyo, Japan - Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photograph courtesy of Douglas Biklen

KNOXVILLE -- A feature autism documentary, "Wretches & Jabberers," will play for a one-night limited engagement in Knoxville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, exclusively as part of the celebration "100 Cities. One Night for Autism." The film will be shown at Carmike Wynnsong 16, 200 North Peters Road.

This feature documentary follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg.

The theatrical event – "100 Cities. One Night for Autism." – is a unique, nationwide showing in 100 theaters in nearly every major U.S. city from New York to Honolulu. The event, the concept of production company State of the Art, Inc., with distribution partners Area23a and Screenvision, comes in response to demand for more showings of "Wretches & Jabberers" after the documentary's successful 40-city tour in partnership with the Autism Society during April, Autism Awareness Month. "100 Cities. One Night for Autism." is sponsored by the John P. Hussman Foundation in partnership with the Autism Society.

"This one-day event is possible because of the commitment by the Autism Society of East Tennessee and Breakthrough, a not-for-profit organization providing services to adults with autism in East Tennessee, to bring the important message of 'Wretches & Jabberers' to your community," Wurzburg said.

This powerful story about personal struggle that rings with intelligence, humor, hope and courage, the feature documentary is about the life-sustaining power of relationships – the personal connections that people make through communication. It is produced by Douglas P. Biklen and Gerardine Wurzburg, and funded by the John P. Hussman Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at; $9.75 for adults and $7 for children.

Published May 3, 2011

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