Hold Me Steady to play at the Ajax Public Library!

We’re thrilled to announce that Hold Me Steady will be playing at a free screening on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at the main branch of the Ajax Public Library!

Tickets are limited, so reserve your’s now here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hold-me-steady-a-story-of-autism-service-dogs-tickets-16619140296

There will be a Q & A following the film with director Erin Corrado, as well as local Ajax subject Mitchell Daniels.


HOLD ME STEADY to Premiere at Belleville’s Downtown Docfest!

Belleville Downtown Docfest Banner ImageHold Me Steady: A Story of Autism Service Dogs will have its World Premiere on February 27th, 2015 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, as part of the Belleville Downtown Docfest!

Please visit their website for full details, including how to purchase tickets/a pass to the festival!  http://downtowndocfest.ca/festival-2012/2015-films/

We will be playing at 3:45pm at the Belleville Public Library in Screen 1.

I plan to be in attendance and will be on hand for a Q & A after the film.  Looking forward to finally share this film with all of you!

– Erin Corrado (dir.)

Crowdfunding Special Thanks!!!

UPDATE: FINAL TOTAL FOR THIS CAMPAIGN WAS $1010!  With these funds, we will be able to submit to film festivals and help spread awareness about autism service dogs – thanks so much everyone!  ~ Erin

Here’s our page with special thanks to our crowdfunders!  Each week’s funders will be added as they come in – the campaign runs until Feb. 1st.

Funders (Jan. 22nd – Feb. 1st) – our final total is $1010 of $2000 raised:

Thanks to the following for helping to make this campaign such a success!

John Corrado – undisclosed

Anonymous – $50

Ruth Taylor – $100

Nicole Corrado – $25

Maureen McGrath-Corrado – undisclosed

Alice McGovern – $25

Funders (Jan. 6th – Jan. 21st) – our current total is at $735 of $2000 raised:

Thanks to the following for helping boost our campaign even further!

Anonymous – $500

lerps – $10

Thanks to our first funders (from start of campaign to Jan. 5th, 2014)!  Current total: $225 of $2000 raised.

Wade Beattie – $25

Rhydderch – $25

Matthew McGrath – undisclosed

Vaughan Family – undisclosed

Anonymous – $25

Anonymous – $25

Thanks to your support, we are on our way to bringing HOLD ME STEADY to film festivals worldwide and help bring awareness of autism and service dogs!


Hold Me Steady Poster 1We started a crowdfunding campaign for HOLD ME STEADY last Tuesday, and funds have started coming in.

We have set a modest goal of raising $2000 over a campaign that will run through Dec. and Jan., and have currently raised $150 towards that goal.

You can check it all out here on Indiegogo, and watch the crowdfunding launch video, as well as see a trailer and stills in the gallery on that page as well.

As a special thanks for contributing to the campaign, we have some great perks we are offering, including signed posters and film stills, DVD’s of the film (once available), as well as your name in the credits of the film!

There will also be a special thanks section added to this website, which will be updated soon with names of contributors.

– Erin Corrado


We have a title and poster!

Hi everyone – we finally have a title for the film (you’ll notice the top of the site has been updated to reflect this).

The documentary is now officially called HOLD ME STEADY: A Story of Autism Service Dogs.  We are now submitting to film festivals, and will keep you updated!

Also, here is the official poster for the film – feel free to use it if you are blogging about the film, with a link back to this site here: Hold Me Steady Poster 1

Rough cut finished!

Mitchell Daniels and dog Simba

Mitchell Daniels and service dog Simba

I haven’t posted here in a while, as I took a brief hiatus from the project last year to work on another documentary about my friend Nicole Flynn.  Nicole is an artist, athlete, and self-advocate, who also happens to have Down Syndrome.  Last year she was competing internationally at a swimming competition, which is why I decided to make the film then.  That film, I AM NOT INVISIBLE, is now being released to the festival circuit and you can read more about it here:  http://iamnotinvisiblefilm.wordpress.com

I think that taking a bit of time off and having that extra distance from this Autism Service Dog project was beneficial for me.  Having that little bit of a break and working on something else allowed me to come back to this project with a fresh perspective on it again.  Over the past few months I have been back on it, collecting last minute footage, and editing until all hours of the night (or rather morning).  And finally, finally, I have a rough cut of the film done and ready to send off for submission to film festivals.

In the coming months, we hope to have some exciting updates for you as to where the project is going, and a trailer coming soon as well.  The film has come together really nicely, and I can’t thank all those that participated enough for all their help – I literally couldn’t have made the film without you.

To those who took the time to speak to me on camera, you are all really well-spoken and each and every interview adds another layer of depth to the film – you can all be really proud of helping bring this documentary to life.

To those who were interested in participating (and there were many more of you than running time for the project allowed), thank you again for your interest in the project, and perhaps in the future there will be space to do additional features profiling other families to accompany the film on the DVD.  Please do continue to keep in touch.

Overall, I am happy with how the film came together from all of the footage I was able to film, and I hope you all will be too.  I look forward to sharing it with you.

– Erin Corrado