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Through Glass Walls: The Three Lives of Howard Buten
Produced by: David Gutnik
Fifty-four-year-old Howard Buten has a very strange CV. Successful writer. Psychologist. Internationally recognized expert on autism. And award-winning clown. Ever since he was a little boy growing up in Detroit in the 1950's, Howard Buten has juggled his need to act, write stories, and help people with disabilities. His 8 books have earned him the title of Chevalier and France's most prestigious arts award. He is the founder of a day center for profoundly autistic young adults in Paris. And as Buffo the white-faced clown, he performs his one-man-show on stages all over the world. On a recent tour of Quebec, CBC producer David Gutnick hooked up with Buffo - and the other guys. Here's his documentary - "Through Glass Walls: The Three Lives of Howard Buten." This program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

"Through Glass Walls: The Three Lives of Howard Buten" was produced by David Gutnik. This program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Resources

Links:
Howard Buten's Buffo page
This is the official website for Buffo/Howard Buten. Visit it for tour information, press, and biography.

Austism Society of America
This national organization sponsors autism education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research.

Mooseburger Clown College
Want to be a clown? Go to a clown college!

Books:
Through the Glass Wall: A Therapist's Lifelong Journey to Reach the Children of Autism
by: Howard Buten 2005
Howard Buten's new book detailing his decades of work with autistic children.

When I Was Five I Killed Myself
by: Howard Buten 2001
Howard Buten's book about an adult with the perspective of an eight year old.

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life with Autism
by: Temple Grandin 1996
The subject of Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist on Mars shares her personal account of living with autism.

Programs by David Gutnik



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