I believe that we have the power to stop the autism epidemic in its tracks. In order to do this, we must increase the number of people who understand the root causes of the epidemic. We must increase the number of people who understand that we are all touched by this epidemic. So how do we increase the number of parents and citizens in this country who understand what is happening to our children? How do we accelerate their learning?
We live in a media age. It is time for a big media solution. It is time for a ground-breaking, paradigm-shifting film, made by an award-winning director, that will raise awareness in a meaningful and powerful way. A film that connects the dots for people. A film that shows how all children in this country are a part of the autism epidemic. A film that can be seen in theaters across the country.
I present to you, Canary Kids: A Film For Our Children. This is a documentary film that is being funded by us, the parents, the scientists, the writers, the advocates, the people who “get it,” who want everyone else to “get it” too. But we need your help.
A New Age, A New Solution
In 2012 The Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, a top research and policy institution focusing on the impact of entertainment and media on society, released a research study that answered the following question: Do movies have the ability to change people’s behaviors? By using the documentary film, Food, Inc. as a case study, the answer they found was a resounding: Yes. They did a controlled study and found that after people watched Food Inc. they were significantly more likely to:
So imagine the statistics coming out upon the release of Canary Kids:
People who watched Canary Kids were more likely to:
Now, that is the kind of change that can stop a health epidemic in its tracks.
What is going to make someone come out to see Canary Kids? Canary Kids is not just about autism. For too long, people not directly affected by autism have looked the other way, because they can’t relate to autism. They don’t know what it is, they don’t see how it impacts them. They may not come out to see a film about autism, but they will come out to see a film about their kids.
Most people don’t understand that the asthma epidemic is directly related to the autism epidemic or that the obesity epidemic is related to the autism epidemic. They don’t yet see that the same environmental factors (pharmaceuticals, vaccines, toxins, diet, etc.) that cause symptoms of autism in one child are the very same environmental factors that cause symptoms of asthma in another.
Canary Kids is a film about all of us, and how every single child in this country is a part of the autism epidemic. The goal of the film is to show the many people who are not (yet) directly affected by autism and who don’t feel the same sense of urgency that the autism community does, that we are all in the same boat. I believe that the people who do not have a child or grandchild or close family member with autism will begin to pay closer attention to the epidemic once they understand that their “unaffected” children are actually a part of the autism epidemic too.
The key lies in helping them to see that their mildly affected children are really “almost autism.”
We are all (in our own unique way) a part of an epidemic of chronic illness, and our children . . . they are our little Canaries.
And that brings us back to the Canary Kids Film Project, a project sponsored by my nonprofit organization, Epidemic Answers. The Canary Kids Film Project will take 7 children with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, asthma, chronic Lyme or some other amalgamation of chronic (environmentally-derived) symptoms and provide them with free healing and recovery services for the period of 18 months.
The film will document their recovery journey while simultaneously providing an exposé on the factors that contributed to their conditions in the first place. Most importantly, the film will connect the dots for people so that they understand that we are all a part of the autism epidemic: Asthma, ADHD, allergies, Lyme, OCD, SPD, LDs, diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s, colitis, rare autoimmune conditions . . . we are all affected.
We are making this film in collaboration with award-winning director Mary Mazzio of 50 Eggs Inc. The film is slated for theatrical release, but we need funding first. We have already raised $70,000, but we need $250,000 more to enroll the children in the program and additional funding for film production. This has the potential to be a game-changing film.
Please consider supporting this film project in any way you can. We believe this film has the power to wake people up. More importantly, we can help 7 beautiful children get on the road to recovery.
Help Us Help Them.
How can I help?
1) Donate. To maintain the integrity of the project and the honesty of the message, we are not taking investors. We are funding this entirely through grants and donations. The more money we raise, the greater impact we will have.
2) Spread the word. Pass this trailer on to everyone you know.
Beth Lambert is the Executive Director of Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our children and helping parents find healing solutions. Beth is also the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient, 2010) and the mother of three young children.