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The Reason I Jump

Directed by Jerry Rothwell

Release: 2020
Runtime: 82
Country: U.S., U.K.
Language: English

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

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  • Formats: Blu-ray, DVD

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Venue City State Date
1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Fredonia 1611550800January 25 - February 12, 2021
a/perture cinema Winston Salem 1606971600December 3, 2020 - May 12, 2021
ACME Screening Room Lambertville 1610341200January 11 - February 19, 2021
AFI Silver Silver Spring 1607922000December 14, 2020 - February 26, 2021
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Art House Billings Billings 1611810000January 28 - May 12, 2021
Art Theatre of Long Beach Long Beach 1611550800January 25 - May 12, 2021
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Bethlehem 1609390800December 31, 2020 - February 5, 2021
Athena Cinema Athens 1609995600January 7 - March 5, 2021
Autism Society Southeastern Wisconsin Wauwatosa 1617854400April 8 - April 24, 2021
Avalon Theatre Washington 1611550800January 25 - May 12, 2021
Balboa Theatre San Francisco 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Baxter Avenue Theatres Louisville 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Bedford Playhouse Bedford 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 3, 2021
Best Buddies NY Rochester 1614056400February 23 - May 12, 2021
Bijou Theatre Lincoln City 1610514000January 13 - April 2, 2021
Bozeman Film Society Bozeman 1611032400January 19 - May 12, 2021
Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr 1608526800December 21, 2020 - March 2, 2021
Burns Court Cinemas Sarasota 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Byrd Theatre Richmond 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Cameo Cinema St. Helena 1611637200January 26 - May 12, 2021
Chelsea Theater Chapel Hill 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Cinema Society San Diego 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Cinemapolis Ithaca 1611032400January 19 - May 12, 2021
CineSpeak Philadelphia 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
City Lights Cinemas Florence 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Cleveland Cinemas Cleveland 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Colonial Theatre Keene 1607922000December 14, 2020 - February 18, 2021
Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Crandell Theatre Chatham 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Crystal Theatre Carbondale 1609822800January 5 - February 19, 2021
Darkside Cinema Corvallis 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
DEE Film Fest Online Philadelphia 1613451600February 16 - March 27, 2021
Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter Denver 1608008400December 15, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Downing Film Center Newburgh 1609218000December 29, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Drexel Theatre Columbus 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Enzian Theatre Maitland 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Film Society of Summit Summit 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Film Streams Omaha 1609995600January 7 - April 5, 2021
Fine Arts Theatre Asheville 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Fine Arts Theatres Overland Park 1608699600December 23, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Flicks Theatre Boise 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater Juneau 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Grail Moviehouse Asheville 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Grand Cinema Tacoma 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1610168400January 9 - May 12, 2021
Hamptons Film East Hampton 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Harbor Theater Boothbay Harbor 1610686800January 15 - May 12, 2021
Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Hayesville Opera House Hayesville 1611032400January 19 - March 5, 2021
Historic Howell Theater Howell 1610427600January 12 - May 12, 2021
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1609822800January 5 - February 11, 2021
Kiggins Theatre Vancouver 1608526800December 21, 2020 - March 19, 2021
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1610082000January 8 - May 12, 2021
Landmark Cinemas Peoria 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Lincoln Theatre Mount Vernon 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1611723600January 27 - May 12, 2021
Lyric Theatre Blacksburg 1610168400January 9 - May 12, 2021
Majestic Theater Gettysburg 1607922000December 14, 2020 - February 26, 2021
Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown 1611637200January 26 - May 12, 2021
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Middleburg Film Festival Middleburg 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Midtown Cinema Harrisburg 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Minor Theater Arcata 1612760400February 8 - May 12, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1608267600December 18, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk 1616385600March 22 - May 19, 2021
Neptune Movie House Long Beach 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
New Plaza Cinema New York 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
NJ Autism Center of Excellence Piscataway 1617076800March 30 - May 13, 2021
Normal Theater Normal 1610514000January 13 - May 12, 2021
O Cinema Miami Beach 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Park City Film Park City 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Pensacola Cinema Art Pensacola 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Pickford Film Center Bellingham 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center Patchogue 1610514000January 13 - May 12, 2021
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Portland Museum of Art Portland 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Red River Theatres Concord 1608181200December 17, 2020 - May 12, 2021
ReelAbilities Film Festival New York 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Jamestown 1611810000January 28 - May 12, 2021
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1611550800January 25 - May 12, 2021
Salem Cinema Salem 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Salina Art Center Salina 1608526800December 21, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Salt Lake Film Society Salt Lake City 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Sebastiani Theatre Sonoma 1609131600December 28, 2020 - May 12, 2021
SIFF Film Center Seattle 1607662800December 11, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1608008400December 15, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Sneak Preview 1608613200December 22, 2020 - January 8, 2021
South Bay Film Society Torrance 1602216000October 9, 2020 - May 12, 2021
State Theatre Modesto 1613451600February 16 - April 2, 2021
Strand Theatre Rockland 1608526800December 21, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Symphony Space New York 1614142800February 24 - May 12, 2021
Taking Over Presents Brooklyn 1614229200February 25 - May 12, 2021
Tampa Theatre Tampa 1609995600January 7 - March 26, 2021
Taos Center For The Arts Taos 1610427600January 12 - May 12, 2021
The Arc of Virginia Richmond 1595476800July 23 - October 18, 2020
The Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1610514000January 13 - May 12, 2021
The Little Theatre Rochester 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival Chilmark 1615953600March 17 - March 29, 2021
The Moviehouse Millerton 1608094800December 16, 2020 - May 12, 2021
The Neon Dayton 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
The Nightlight Cinema Akron 1608613200December 22, 2020 - May 12, 2021
The Screening Room Newburyport 1609822800January 5 - February 19, 2021
The Tull Family Theater Sewickley 1610168400January 9 - May 12, 2021
Time & Space Limited Hudson 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins Kansas City 1609390800December 31, 2020 - March 6, 2021
Tivoli Theatre Chattanooga 1611896400January 29 - April 23, 2021
Tropic Cinema Key West 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
UCR ARTS Riverside 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
United Theatre Westerly 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
University of Southern California Los Angeles 1610600400January 14, 2021
Varsity Theatre Davis 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Vickers Theatre Three Oaks 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021
Vogue Theatre Manistee 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Waters Edge Cinema Provincetown 1609995600January 7 - May 12, 2021
Wellfleet Preservation Hall Wellfleet 1607922000December 14, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Zeitgeist Theatre Arabi 1608526800December 21, 2020 - May 12, 2021
Zinema 2 Duluth 1609822800January 5 - May 12, 2021