Tune in tonight at 8:00 PM EST - to our latest edition of "Hope Saves the Day" where your host Paul Cimins sits down and speaks with Janet-grillo-director of JACK OF THE RED HEARTS, and the mother of a son on the Spectrum. Jennifer Deaton, the screenwriter, is the aunt of a niece who inspired the story. We could both participate in the interview. While we can certainly ask our actors to join us, we cannot guarantee it. They are all busy working in film and TV, and frequently out of town. The lead actors are Famke Janssen (TAKEN, X-MEN) and AnnaSophia Robb (CARRIE DIARIES, SOUL SURFER). However, we introduce an extraordinary young neural-typical actress in the role of the severely impacted child; Taylor Richardson. She is more easily available, very articulate and her younger brother was just diagnosed with Autism.
JACK premiered at Geena Davis' inaugural BENTONVILLE FF in May, won the Jury Prize, played in festivals here and abroad, totaling 11 awards. We opened in limited release in 25 AMC theaters nationwide in Feb, to strong reviews in BOSTON GLOBE (calling us 'better than Rainman"), NY TIMES, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and elsewhere.
We will air on LIFETIME TV on Sat, 4/23 at 8 p.m.. There is anticipation and awareness of the film within the Autism community, as our Facebook pagecomments attests ( you can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/jackoftheredhearts/ ).
Also, two interviews with me by HUFFPOST RISE have been viewed over 1 million times, on the HUFF POST Facebook page. This does not include people sharing them on their FB pages, etc., in addition. HUFFPOST will post a third installment of this interview in the first week of April / Autism Awareness month.
Here is a link to the posted interview, in which I speak about how Autism has been portrayed in popular media, and how JACK OF THE RED HEARTS differs:Huff Post Rise: Filmmaker Janet Grillo On Bringing The ...
AIRDATE: LIFETIME TV, USA and Canada, Saturday April 23, 8 p.m.
VOD/ DVD / Streaming : May 3rd