'Po' Screening at Paramount Studios Brings Attention to Autism Awareness Month

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Director John Asher's special screening of his newest film 'Po' at Paramount Studios brings in celebrities, and general audiences young and old, in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

Tuesday night legendary composer Burt Bacharach and ‘Empire’s Kaitlin Doubleday welcomed celebrities, VIP’s, and families touched by Autism for a special screening of John Asher’s moving film Po in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Theater at Paramount Studios.

F.A.C.T. (Family, Adult & Child Therapies), ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment), CARD (Center for Autism & Related Disorders) and AKA Beverly Hills were some of the organizations featured at the dazzling event which served as the kick off to the film’s upcoming festival run.

Matt Asner, son of TV icon Ed Asner, and the Southern California Executive Director of Autism Speaks, gave the opening greeting. Director John Asher gave a brief background on how the project evolved.

Walking the Blue Carpet was young actor Julian Feder who’s portrayal of the lead character ‘Po' garnered rave reviews from the audience.

Joining him on the carpet were celebrities Burt Bacharach, Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), John Asher (Director of Po), Ed Asner (Up),Don Hany (Heartbeat), Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans), David Faustino (Married With Children), Andrew Bowen (Po & MADtv), Kerris Dorsey (Ray Donovan, Brother & Sisters), Richard Leacock (Doc, Po), Josie Davis (Charles in Charge), Joyce Bulifant (Mary Tyler Moore, Airplane), Holly Lynch (Necessary Roughness), Owain Rhys Davies (Twin Peaks), Dominic Leeder (Deny Everything) and Shanna Moakler (Model).

In support of the film and Autism Awareness Month, the exterior of the Paramount Theater was lit blue, the official color of autism awareness.

Based on a true story, Po is about David Wilson (Gorham) whose young wife falls victim to cancer. He is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called Po (Feder), is a gifted child, but struggles to understand his own sense of loss. As father and son attempt to deal with life after Mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David, overwhelmed by his high pressure job he’s close to losing, and Po, drifting away from the school where he’s bullied, into his magical fantasy world with a rich cast of other worldly companions, the Land of Color. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Amy (Doubleday), Po’s caring therapist plays a critical role in keeping the family together where the bonds of love are tested in the most real way.

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