Champion Autism Network, Inc. (CAN) is a nonprofit autism awareness organization based in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. CAN was founded in 2012 by Becky Large, a business professional and mother of a child on the spectrum. CAN’s goal is to raise Autism Awareness, reduce criticism and judgment and help families with children on the autism spectrum develop a network of like-minded people and supports, locally and beyond.
CAN is sponsoring a Film Festival on April 7th and 8th at the Grand 14 Cinema at Market Common that exhibits films by or about people with autism. This event is designed to educate “neurotypical” people about autism, it’s impact on the family unit and the lifelong challenges those with autism must contend.
Many people are afflicted with autism on many different levels. But knowing there is autism and understanding autism are two very different things. Please join them at the film festival in support of our local families.
The Film Festival offers two feature length films and three short films:
Aspie Seeks Love on Friday evening, April 7th, at 7:30 pm that shows some of the lifelong challenges that people with autism can face. It follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David Matthews has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love – fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. He wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams.
The Family Next Door on Saturday morning, April 8th, at 10 am exhibits the impact of autism on the family. It is a story about the Lund family (4 children, 2 on the autism spectrum) and their journey into the hyper-complex and emotionally draining maze that is autism. We followed this family for 16 months and witnessed a story of never ending struggles, unexpected joys, drastically altered expectations, painful loneliness, unconditional love and hope. Experience the first-hand reality of autism and how one family’s grace, patience and determination steer them on the unpaved road of The Family Next Door.
A Meet-&-Greet Mixer will be held immediately following The Family Next Door.
Viewers of The Family Next Door will have an opportunity to have lunch and have a Q&A session with CAN parent ambassadors. Location TBA. This will be followed by 3 short films on Saturday afternoon at 1:00p pm. For more information on the films, go to Film Festival.
There will be a drawing for a prize after each film shown on Saturday.
What can you do to help?
- Share the event with your organization and network
- Purchase tickets and attend the events
- Sponsor, advertise in the program booklet, donate or volunteer
- Follow Champion Autism Network on Facebook
- Help to further our mission—learn more about autism to reduce judgement and increase support for our growing and loyal community and add the day to your list of things to do in Myrtle Beach.