‘The Reason I Jump’

A scene from “The Reason I Jump”.

The Reason I Jump, Friday-Thursday, January 8-14

This week in the Crandell’s Virtual Screening Room we present Jerry Rothwell’s exhilarating documentary, The Reason I Jump.

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s remarkable insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

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The Reason I Jump

“A revelation illustrating sensorially divergent ways of experiencing reality. These ways form a constellation of experience and the constellation is spectacular. Melding Naoki Higashida’s prose with five intimate portraits of communicating non-verbal young people from around the world Rothwell brilliantly demonstrates the challenges and magnificence of different minds.”

–Laurence Kardish, FilmColumbia co-artistic director and former senior film curator at MoMA

“A total immersion in what it’s like living with autism.” –Carlos Aquilar, IndieWire

“A work of cinematic alchemy, by tinkering with sound... while deploying macro and ultra-wide lenses in addition to off-kilter framing, [the filmmaker] manages to evoke the sensory distortion, intense focus and literally different way of seeing for people on the autistic spectrum.”

–Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

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