In celebration of April as Autism Awareness month, the Autism Society has launched a public service announcement campaign to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum. AMC Theaters has partnered with Autism Society and will show the PSA during the month of April in all AMC Theaters throughout the country. In addition, the Autism Society premieres AUTFEST Film Festival: From Spectrum to Screen, the first film festival celebrating the role film is now playing in autism awareness, April 22-23, in partnership with AMC Orange 30.
The unique animated PSA was created by award winning artist Dani Bowman, herself on the spectrum and an accomplished animator. Bowman has premiered 6 award-wining animated short films at San Diego Comic-Con each year for the past 5 years. Her shorts feature the voices of Joe Mantegna, Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob), June Foray, and Stella Ritter in addition to other voice actors on the autism spectrum. She also worked closely on Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films.
“Autism Society feels the importance of giving a voice to people with autism. We are honored that Dani Bowman, a supremely talented young animator who is also autistic has created this PSA reflecting our desire to help all people with autism live a life of dignity and respect.,” said Matthew Asner, Autism Society VP of Development. “We are proud of Dani and grateful for our partnership with AMC Theaters for allowing our voice to be shared.”