Groundbreaking Documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” Premieres on HBO

Groundbreaking Documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” Premiere on HBO

“Had I seen this movie when Dylan was functionally illiterate in 4th grade, I would have been spared an extraordinary amount of anxiety about the future.”
– James Redford, Director

On Monday, October 29th at 7:00 P.M. (CST), HBO will debut the groundbreaking documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”.  

The film features renowned dyslexia expert Dr. Sally Shaywitz from the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. It also includes interviews with successful dyslexics such as Virgin’s Richard Branson, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and financial guru Charles Schwab.

Director James Redford (son of actor Robert Redford) came up with the idea for this film after seeing his son Dylan, a dyslexic, struggle in school despite being a bright child. By conservative estimates, between 15-20% of the population is dyslexic, and like Dylan are often misunderstood as lazy, dumb or slow.  At the age of 10, Dylan was barely able to read and write.  School was incredibly frustrating for him, as it is with most kids and teens with dyslexia.  He is also a creative, innovative, big picture thinker with exceptional people skills.

The film does a great job at shedding light on the source of dyslexia, the brain. More than 70 years of brain research show that dyslexia is a neurological issue, not a character flaw, and definitely NOT a euphemism for slow, dumb or lazy. While dyslexia poses a struggle with the written word, it is by no means something they just have to “deal with”.

Thanks to years of research, and the advocacy of Drs. Sally and Bennet Shaywitz, this film also provides a beacon of light for parents and children with dyslexia. In her groundbreaking book “Overcoming Dyslexia”,  Dr. Shaywitz not only explains the origin of dyslexia, but also gives practical ways to teach a student with dyslexia how to read and write.

If you watch this movie, and you feel like it is describing either you, your children or someone you know, here’s how to take action.  The first step to finding out whether you or your child has dyslexia is to visit download our Dyslexia Checklist and watch our web video “Could it Be Dyslexia?”.

The next step is to consult a dyslexia expert on how to get tested for dyslexia to find out what steps need to be taken to fix the problem.  

Call (210) 495-2626 for a Free Consultation.

Visit to receive Free Weekly Homework Tips for struggling students.  

Dyslexia is a lifelong issue, and improving reading and writing skills is not a quick and easy fix, but it is one that can change your child’s life.


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