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Loving Lampposts (2011)

Nadine Antonelli , Noah Antonelli , Todd Drezner  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nadine Antonelli, Noah Antonelli, Simon Baron-Cohen, Kristina Chew, Jim Fisher
  • Directors: Todd Drezner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H4XDI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years, two opposing questions have been asked about the condition fueling the debate: is it a devastating sickness to be cured or is it a variation of the human brain just a different way to be human? LOVING LAMPPOSTS: LIVING AUTISTIC takes a look at two movements: the recovery movement, which views autism as a tragic epidemic brought on by environmental toxins and the neurodiversity movement, which argues that autism should be accepted and that autistic people should be supported. After his son s diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner, visits the front lines of the autism wars to learn more about the debate and provide information about a condition that is still difficult to comprehend. This film is a great learning tool.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this film! January 19, 2011
I saw this film at a screening and was deeply moved by it. The filmmaker sensitively portrays the process of parents coming to terms with their childrens' diagnoses, beginning with his own experience as the parent of an autistic boy. He shies away from easy answers or simple solutions, instead telling the stories of autistic children and adults--and the people who love and care for them--with tenderness and dignity. I recommend it especially to parents of children who have been recently diagnosed, as well as to anybody who works with people with disabilities.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I just finished watching the DVD given to me by a friend who had a review copy.

This film explores the complexity and diversity of autism experiences by interviewing many adults with autism, as well as parents of children with autism and autism experts. It is a wonderful, reassuring view of autism, especially useful for parents whose children may be newly diagnosed with autism.

Drezner also interviews advocates for biomedical treatment or "curing autism" in a fair and balanced manner.

Loving Lampposts has the tagline "if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person" and and brings it to life by interviewing many people with autism--in particular, tackling the issue of "high functioning vs. low functioning" in a sensitive and nuanced manner.

If you want to help yourself and others better understand autism, watch this film. I think you'll join me in recommending Loving Lampposts to others.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should watch this movie! March 31, 2011
By krestb
My son has autism, and it has been almost 4 years since we first realized there was something "wrong". I wish I had seen this movie then. It would have helped me immensely- not because it offers some kind of "answer" or guidelines, but because it shows many many aspects of living with autism, and how people respond to the situation. You will see several adults on the Autism Spectrum, with varying degrees of deficits. You will see how different parents chose to deal with their child's diagnosis, and you will see different views held by the the medical and academic community.
The central issue is to highlight the two main schools of thought on the topic of Autism: on the one end of the spectrum is "Defeat Autism Now", on the other is the "Neuro-Diversity" movement.
The film is informative, personal (the director's son has Autism), compassionate, and deeply moving.
Personally, I found it very very helpful to hear the stories and to hear others echo the very struggles that I went through, and continue to deal with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism - "Cure Ham, Treat People" August 19, 2011
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One of the things I liked most about the movie is that, for as many hard-science answers it gives, it poses just as many questions for the viewer to ponder. Sharisa K., one of the individuals with autism in the movie, has some wonderfully witty and pithy statements to make; with regard to "curing autism" she states, though an assistive communication device, that you "cure ham, and treat people." She has some other absolutely fabulous statements to make, which I'll let the viewer find for themselves.

The documentary does explore two different views on autism: (1) that it is a disease which (has) a cure and hence should be cured/fixed; and (2) that autism is a part of who some people are, and is not something which needs cured or fixed. The DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) movement, a very medically-oriented movement, is used largely to represent the first viewpoint, and both physicians, parents, and vendors of products oriented toward the DAN! audience are represented. The viewer is shown clips from individuals at both a conference/trade-show as well as family homes who are following the DAN! model.

The second viewpoint, that autism is not a disease in need of a "cure" is the one that the narrator chooses to follow for his own son, and thus some may see the film as "unbalanced" toward this viewpoint. Similar to the documentary's exploration of the DAN!/cure model, the film follows families who have chosen to engage with their child at their level. It focuses primarily on "floor-time" and does not address some of the other common interventions targeted at individuals with autism.

If you take nothing else from this film, hopefully it will open your mind to some of the following concepts:
* Has there really been a sudden rise in the diagnosis of autism?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at Autism that is "McCarthyed" December 14, 2011
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As someone who works closely with individuals with Autism, I am always skeptical of movies/documentries that arrive on the scene that have that word in the title. This one was different, though. I found myself agreeing with and relating to everyone in the movie and the real life struggles these individuals and their families live through every day. I have recommended it to several newly diagnosed families I have met.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from a speech-language pathology graduate student November 22, 2011
Can't recommend enough. This is an important and amazing teaching tool. It is so vital that we progress and understand 'differences' vs. 'disorders' . Thank you for this wonderful documentary - one of the best I have seen!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unbashful celebration September 18, 2011
By mwalimu
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in my 14 plus years journey alongside two precious sons on the spectrum, i found Lampposts affirming my belief that autism is less of a demon we must "cast out", but truly a blessing we all should embrace, seek ways to calm ourselves (yes) down, and only then will we hilariously celebrate this predictably unpredictable, yet amazingly teachable world of autism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend!!!!!
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an autistic child in there lives, or anyone who works with autistic children!!!!!
What a beautiful movie.
Published 6 months ago by Donna Crowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Testament to Love
This movie is so inspiring. I have to premise this review by stating that my son is on the Autism Spectrum, so I watched this movie through that filter. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars autism
Asks a lot of questions more then anything else. I do like how it showed how several different autistic people lived. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
This movie was suggested to me by a mother of a non-verbal child. I was trained and worked as a therapist with both non-verbal and high functioning children with autism. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Julia M. Haag
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving lampposts
This movie was truly heart warming and a wonderful movie about a little boys love for lampposts and his parents devotion for him. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Sutcliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Viewpoints + facts/info = mass confusion
The production of this DVD was presented very professionally, but the information was so all over the place it was extremely hard to watch and comprehend most of it, much less have... Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by S. Gaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Informative and Enlightening
I really loved this documentary and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in autism. I found the film enlightening because it tried to present a balanced view of... Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Don R. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying life with autism
Though I think authors are taking official opinions very seriously about the causes of the autism, I liked the part about enjoying your child or other people with autism. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by deepest
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thought provoking film
This film gives people a different way to view autism, not necessarily as a devastating condition, but rather as something one has to deal with. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by folkie
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