Reading Horizons is located in Salt Lake City- the heart of Utah. But about 30 miles east of Salt Lake City (a 40-minute drive through a vast canyon and an increase of elevation of about 3500 feet) you enter Park City. A trendy city most known for its ski resorts and the prestigious and star-studded Sundance Film Festival.
Around here, the film festival is a big deal. Many locals are already making plans to attend screenings and parties (I know I am!) in January. Recently, a local newspaper published an article announcing the films selected to open and close the festival, as well as the list of premieres, which includes many documentaries. One of the documentaries to be premiered- The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia, a film directed by James Redford, son of Robert Redford.
The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia skillfully explores the complex and often challenging world faced by those who have this disability. The film focuses on high-school senior Dylan as he shares his early struggles in school and prepares to begin studies at the college of his choice. Interviews with other young dyslexics, as well as highly accomplished businesspeople diagnosed with the learning disability, including Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, are seamlessly incorporated into the story. Two prominent doctors in the field at the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity help demystify and mitigate the stigma surrounding this syndrome.
Focusing on the positive aspects of dyslexia and incorporating creative animation sequences, James Redford’s film emphasizes specific areas where dyslexics excel and suggests thoughtful strategies for their academic success in our often-rigid educational system.
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!