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Current Screening Schedule For The Horse Boy, Including Personal Appearances

Current Screening Schedule For The Horse Boy, Including Personal Appearances

.CALIFORNIA
Landmark’s Shattuck Theater in Berkeley STARTS OCT 6 SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RUPERT ISAACSON ON OCT 17
Laemmle Town Center 5 Theater in Encino Starts OCT 16
Rancho Niguel in Laguna Niguel Starts OCT 9
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena Starts OCT 16
Laemmle’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Deigo starts NOV 13
Landmark Theater in San Francisco starts OCT 16 SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RUPERT ISAACSON OCT 16 Venue TBD
Palm Theater in San Luis Obispo starts DEC 11
The Rafael Film Center in San Rafael starts OCT 19
Regency South Coast Village in Santa Ana starts OCT 16
UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara NOV 24 ONLY
Nickelodeon Theater in Santa Cruz starts OCT 30
Landmark’s Nuart Theater in West L.A. ONE WEEK ONLY! OCT 9-15 SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY DIRECTOR MICHEL ORION-SCOTT ON OCT 9 and 10
COLORADO
Landmark Theaters, Location TBD in Denver starts DEC 4
Abbey Theater in Durango NOV 6-19
CONNECTICUT
Real Art Ways in Hartford OCT 16-22
FLORIDA
Cosford Cinema, University of Miami in Coral Gables JAN 29-30, FEB 5-6
Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth JAN 29-30
Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach JAN 29-30
GEORGIA
Landmark’s Midtown Cinema in Atlanta starts NOV 20
HAWAII
Honolulu Academy of Arts in Honolulu OCT 6-16
ILLINOIS
Music Box Theater in Chicago starts NOV 6
INDIANA
Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis starts DEC 11
KENTUCKY
Kentucky Theater in Lexington starts DEC 4
MAINE
Movies at the Museum in Portland NOV 13-15
MARYLAND
Charles Theater in Baltimore starts OCT 30
MASSACHUSETTS
Landmark’s Kendall Square in Boston starts NOV 6
MICHIGAN
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids DEC 12-19
MINNESOTA
Landmarks’ Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis starts OCT 23
MISSOURI
Tivoli West Manor Square in Kansas City starts DEC 4 SPECIAL SCREENING WITH RUPERT ISAACSON NOV 19
Tivoli Theater in St. Louis starts NOV 25
NEW MEXICO
The Screen in Santa Fe starts NOV 20
NEW YORK
Time and Space Limited in Hudson OCT 22-NOV 1
Town Hall Theater in Irvington DEC 2 ONLY
IFC Center in New York SEPT 30-OCT 23 SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RUPERT ISAACSON SEPT 30, OCT 1, and 2
OHIO
Beeghly Library at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware SEPT 28 ONLY SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RUPERT ISAACSON
OKLAHOMA
Circle Cinema in Tulsa starts OCT 30 SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RUPERT ISAACSON NOV 2, 7:00 pm
OREGON
Cinema 21 in Portland starts DEC 4
PENNSYLVANIA
Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr DEC 6 ONLY
Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia OCT 2-9
UTAH
Broadway Center Cinemas in Salt Lake City starts DEC 4
WASHINGTON
Landmark Theater in Seattle starts NOV 6
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema starts OCT 16

Just writing out all those dates and places made me tired. I imagine Rupert isaacson must be wondering,

if this is October 12, where am I?

Yet he continues to add more dates to the tour of this increasingly popular film. I hope this whirlwind pays off in the form of not only greater awareness of autism, but also of the role that animals can play in changing lives. Please check the Zeitgeist Films site for updated listings in your area.

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This is a beautiful moment of connection, BUT I think Rowan should be wearing a helmet and proper footwear.




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The Horse Boy: Upcoming Screenings

The Horse Boy: Upcoming Screenings

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View a preview of the film

Read an article about the book in the New York Times

Read a piece on the book and film in Well, a section of the New York Times with commentary by Temple Grandin, PhD

Meet Rupert Isaacson and the filmmaker, Michel Scott

Buy the book on Amazon

View the trailer

If you can make it, it’s well worth it. The visuals are incredible, and the story is just mind-blowing.

VENUE CITY STATE DATE
CALIFORNIA
Shattuck Theatre Berkeley California Starts October 16
***With a special appearance by Rupert Isaacson on opening weekend
Rancho Niguel Laguna Niguel California Starts October 16
Camelot Theatres Palm Springs California Starts October 16
Hillcrest Cinemas San Diego California Starts September 11
Landmark Theatre San Francisco California Starts October 16
***With a special appearance by Rupert Isaacson on opening weekend
Rafael Film Center San Rafael California Starts October 19
Regency South Coast Village Santa Ana California Starts October 9
UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California November 24 only
Nickelodeon Theatre Santa Cruz California Starts October 2
Nuart Theatre W Los Angeles California Starts October 9
COLORADO
Landmark Theatres* Denver Colorado Starts November 27
*exact venue to be determined
CONNECTICUT
Real Art Ways Hartford Connecticut October 16 to October 22
HAWAII
Honolulu Academy of Arts Honolulu Hawaii October 6 through October 16
MASSACHUSETTS
Kendall Square Boston Massachusetts Starts November 6
MINNESOTA
Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis Minnesota Starts October 23
MISSOURI
Tivoli Theatre St. Louis Missouri Novermber 25 to December 3
NEW YORK
Clearview Squire Cinema Great Neck New York September 24 only
IFC Center New York New York Starts September 30
Rupert Isaacson will attend Q&A on the opening day
George Eastman House Rochester New York October 28 Only
PENNSYLVANIA
Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia Pennsylvania Starts October 2nd
TEXAS
Arbor Cinemas @ Great Hills 8 Austin Texas Starts September 18
Magnolia Theater Dallas Texas Starts September 11
Rupert Isaacson will attend Q&A on the opening weekend (date TBD)
Angelika Film Center Houston Texas Starts September 11
Rupert Isaacson will attend Q&A on the opening weekend (date TBD)
Bijou At The Crossroads San Antonio Texas Starts September 18
Rupert Isaacson will attend Q&A on the opening weekend (date TBD)
WASHINGTON
Varsity Theatre Seattle Washington Starts November 6
WASHINGTON D.C
E Street Cinema Washington Washington D.C Starts October 16

 

 

 

 


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Horse Boy Video: Rupert Isaacson on CNN

I don’t know how I feel about the “spontaneous submission” comment. It’s a issue I have with Mr. Isaacson’s entire mindset toward horses, which I understand results from his career as a traditional trainer. I would sincerely love to talk with him about this.

The video is quite interesting, however. He discusses the progress Rowan has made after returning from Mongolia, and how horses and animals in general help to reach children who are neurologically different. It’s that last point that makes this book so special. I sincerely hope that the success of the book and the film, in spite of the controversy they have engendered in the world of autism studies and parenting, will draw attention to the absolute magic that animals can work.

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Public Appearances by Rupert Isaacson in Support of His Book,  The Horse Boy, and Documentary

Public Appearances by Rupert Isaacson in Support of His Book, The Horse Boy, and Documentary

Click here for the Public Appearance Schedule

Remaining hard dates:

April 28, 7 PM, Seattle, WA
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

April 30, 7 PM Fairway, KS
Unity Temple (Rainy Day Books Event)
707 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112

This will be updated soon, so please check back to see if Mr. Isaacson will be coming to your area!

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Read about the Horse Boy Foundation in Elgin, Texas.

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Rupert Isaacson To Visit Virginia in The Fall of 2009

I wrote about Rupert Isaacson in my post Horses, Shamans and Autism in Mongolia just yesterday.

This evening, Fran Jurga of the Jurga Report: Horse Health Headlines and Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog contacted me to let me know that Rupert Isaacson will be visiting Virginia’s Horse Country in the autumn to talk about his book, The Horse Boy, which chronicles his life with his son, Rowan, who suffers from autism, and their trip to Mongolia to ride horses and receive healings from local Shamanic practitioners.

This is something I may have to return to Virginia to participate in!

In the meantime, Fran sent this video:

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Check back for more information on Horse Boy and Rupert Isaacson’s visit this fall.

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Horses, Shamans and Autism in Mongolia

Horses, Shamans and Autism in Mongolia

Andrew Campbell of The Regal Vizsla turned me on to this fascinating topic. Thank you, Andrew!

Rowan Isaacson is a seven-year-old boy with autism. Until the age of five he had suffered every symptom the illness threw every possible symptom and limitation his way. Rowan’s father and mother, Rupert and Kristin, were heartbroken that their son’s life was filled with wild tantrums and little meaningful connection. “You’re saying goodbye to a bunch of dreams that I think every parent has of a certain type of childhood, and a certain type of relationship with your child,” said Rupert.

“He would just stare off into space,” Isaacson said. “I was worried it was going to get progressively worse and that eventually, he might float away from us entirely.”

Rupert Isaacson and his son Rowan

Rupert Isaacson and his son Rowan

One day in the midst of a tantrum Rowan wandered off into a neighboring horse paddock, and scrambled under the hooves of a mare. The absolute worst place for a small child. Surprisingly, the mare, whose name is Betsy, sniffled the boy, accepting him.

“I’ve never seen a horse offer that to a babbling two-and-a-half-year-old,” he said. “Rowan and Betsy obviously had some sort of connection.”

Isaacson quickly made arrangements with the neighbor for Rowan to “ride” Betsy, because that mystical connection held the key to his son’s apparent happiness. Isaacson, a horse trainer for most of his adult life, began horseback riding along with with Rowan, finding that the rocking rhythm of the animal’s stride soothed his son. Throughout his horseback riding, Rowan continued with more orthodox therapies, including applied behavioral analysis, one of the most commonly used therapies for kids with autism. Isaacson quickly made arrangements with the neighbor for Rowan to “ride” Betsy.

He would be in the midst of a terrible tantrum and Rupert would put him on Betsy, and it was like that – it’s instant,” Kristin said. “He would calm, he would stop … His language just started to pour out of him,” Rupert said. “And the door into his mind sort of opened a crack. Whenever he was on a horse he wouldn’t tantrum. When I put him on Betsy that would be the only time his tantrums would stop, any other situation and he could turn at any point. We wanted to keep him on a horse as long as possible.

Horseboy Rowan in Mongolia

The transformation with Betsy was so extreme, his parents bet on another extreme chance: a quest to Mongolia, where the connection between humans, horses, and healing has been very strong for centuries. In the summer of 2007 when Rowan was 5, Isaacson and his family went to Mongolia, spending four weeks where Rowan was happiest: on the back of a horse.

“Before we went to Mongolia, Rowan was incontinent and subject to neurological fits and tantrums and was cut off from his peers,” said Isaacson. “We came back with a child that was toilet trained and no longer having tantrums. He made his first friend on that trip, too.”

It was the most extraordinary thing. It really was remarkable to see how quickly he changed, Pretty mind blowing actually.

said Rowan’s mother Kristin.

More than two years later, the progress continues with traditional therapy and horseback riding.

Rupert Isaacson and his son Rowan

Rupert Isaacson and his son Rowan

Is Rowan cured of autism? His parents are quick to say “no.” But at the same time, he’s doing remarkably better, and they believe his connection with horses is a big reason why.

Others are in agreement, yet others argue that Rowan’s transformation gives false hope to thousands of parents of autistic children. While therapeutic riding programs have grown in popularity among parents of autistic children, not every child makes a similar transformation.

Instructor Amy Causey says science hasn’t explained it, but she sees once-unreachable children respond.

“For some reason they have that other sense that they can connect and understand how that horse is feeling and that helps them understand how they are feeling,” Amy said.

Rupert Isaacson has written a book, “Horse Boy,” about the journey, and has opened a center where other autistic children can find their own connection with horses for free. “Every family goes to Mongolia in their own way,” Rupert said. “Every family goes to the ends of the earth.”

As for the ongoing debate about Hippotherapy and autism, the answer hasn’t yet arrived. We know that animals provide a low-pressure environment for kids to practice certain types of social skills. Therapists use horses as social objects for children to relate to, for learning how to read more subtle social signals. There is little doubt that this skill is important, and that it can be learned. In itself, it is not a cure for autism. Perhaps Hippotherapy can address many of the symptoms of autism, allowing for some self-regulation and mood improvement. It may also help with accepting certain kinds of stimulation from the environment. The resulting calmer, less agitated child will be happier and easier to live with, more enjoyable family member.

And for the Isaacson’s, life is far happier today than it was before Rowan began riding.

Isaacson and his wife founded The New Trails Center , which offers homeschooling and equine therapy for kids like Rowan.

“Every parent of an autistic child knows they have to go up a few blind alleys before they find what will work for their child,” said Isaacson. “No one should be so hamstrung by skepticism that it forces them into an extreme position that they stop following possibilities.”

“Rowan was healed of some of the dysfunctions he had and that, for us, was miraculous,” he said.

“That made the difference between a horrible life and a life where Rowan’s life and ours were in harmony.”
Mr. Isaacson has optioned feature film rights for “The Horse Boy” to Mark Ordesky, an executive producer of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Ileen Maisel, an executive producer of the “Golden Compass.” Mr. Isaacson is writing the screenplay. I am looking forward to reading the book and watching the film!

References for this post:
The Daily Mail.com
Patricia E Bauer.com
The Horse Boy
Blisstree.com
ABC News.com
About Behavioral Analysis
ABC.com
CNN.com

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