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  • June 15, 2020 6:30 PM
  • Paramount Theatre
    Center Street
    Rutland, VT, VT

For Immediate Release:  May 30, 2020
Contact:  Bruce Bouchard, Paramount Theatre, 802-775-0570 X 201 or Jessalyn Gustin, Community Access Program, 802-786-7304

Paramount Theatre and Rutland Mental Health’s Community Access Program to screen “Wretches and Jabberers,” Acclaimed Autism Awareness Documentary, Friday June 15th at The Paramount Theatre
…Roadtrip Film, featuring Vermont Advocates, Sheds Personal Light on the Global Face of Autism     

“Ingenious documentary about real autistics” - Wall Street Journal
“Autism finds its voice” -  Newsweek
“An eye-opening and most entertaining documentary…nearly perfect” – The Hollywood Reporter

The Paramount Theatre and Rutland Mental Health’s Community Access Program announced today that the two organizations will collaborate to host a memorable evening on June 15th, 2012 at 6:30 PM; a screening of the documentary film “Wretches & Jabberers,” directed by Oscar-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Gerardine Wurzburg.  Wurzburg’s inspiring documentary chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates and Vermont residents, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, in a bold quest to change attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.  A discussion/question and answer session with Tracy and Larry will immediately follow the screening.  Admission is $10 Adults and $6 Students.  Proceeds will benefit The Paramount Theatre and Rutland Mental Health’s Community Access Program.  

“Wretches and Jabberers” documents the crusade of Larry and Tracy, and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng on their global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence.  From Vermont, to Sri Lanka, to Japan, and Finland, the men give interviews, participate in presentations, and learn of the lives of individuals in those countries who are living with autism. The determination to stimulate consciousness and shed new light on the face of autism is coupled with copious amounts of humor and international flair. While on their journey, they meet new friends and experience life outside their home state of Vermont. “Our goal was to shine a light on autism internationally.  Larry and Tracey’s journey allowed us to portray the global face of autism through the personal stories of six men and women throughout the world” explains Producer/Director Gerardine Wurzburg. The result is a provocative mixture of advocacy, personal portrait and travel adventure film.    

Until the 1980s, most individuals with autism endured a life of exclusion and discrimination, because of society’s perception of their inadequacies. Many were placed in institutions, and were not afforded the right to have normal schooling. Larry and Tracy, both grew up unable to speak, but with so much to share. At the age of 23 for Tracy and 34 for Larry, they were given the opportunity, through innovations in technology and the open minds and determination of many supporters, to share their minds with the world. With typing as their means, they now move the hearts, awareness and understanding of millions of people through their messages and insights, into the intellect and inner being that resides in each of them and others with autism.

The message is full of hope, with open minds, awareness and support we can all participate in the joy communication brings to our lives. Casting false beliefs on persons’ abilities creates a world that misplaces the value of diversity on each of us. Come open your minds and your hearts, and share in a night with Larry and Tracy and the ties that bind us all.

The Paramount Theatre and Rutland Mental Health’s Community Access Program
“Wretches and Jabberers”
A film by Gerardine Wurtzberg
Friday June 15th @ 6:30  $10 & $6
Discussion and Q & A with the film’s principals immediately following
Proceeds to benefit The Paramount and Rutland Mental Health’s Community Access Program