THE REASON I JUMP – World Premiere at Sundance 2020

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We are thrilled to announce that THE REASON I JUMP will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2020 in the World Documentary Competition section. This is Jerry Rothwell’s return to Sundance after premiering his award-winning feature documentary HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD in 2015.

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, 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 into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Naoki’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, 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.

THE REASON I JUMP will feature state-of-the-art 360 Atmos sound for a heightened sensory experience. We look forward to launching the film in Park City in January 2020!

For more on THE REASON I JUMP see here.




Directed by Jerry Rothwell

Produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee

Produced by Al Morrow

Executive Producers:
Stewart le Maréchal
Jonny Persey
Peter Webber

Jody Allen
Paul G. Allen

Rocky Collins
Jannat Gargi
Ruth Johnston
Carole Tomko

Lizzie Francke

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