NC Premiere of Across the Starting Line

July 30, 2013

On July 11, 2013, the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance hosted the NC Premiere of Across the Starting Line, a Short Film, and Book Reading by Susannah Cahalan, Author of Brain on Fire. The event was held in Durham, NC at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus, a boutique theater built in collaboration with Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It provided an intimate setting and was perfect for showing the film.

Across the Starting Line is a seven-minute short film describing the journey of two families and their doctors connecting to start the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance.  View the 30 second trailer of Across the Starting Line.  The film was produced by Catherine Orr and Elena Rue of StoryMine Media.  They were amazing to work with and produced a great short film.

S_Cahalan_bio_photoIn addition to the film, we had the pleasure of having Susannah Cahalan attend and read from her #1 New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire. Susannah is our newest Board Member of the AE Alliance. You can learn more about Susannah and her book at

This event raised $14,328 for the AE Alliance.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  The AE Alliance will use these and other donations to build infrastructure (like this website), convene doctor working groups and raise awareness about AE.