October 16, 2016

“2e: Twice Exceptional” Wins Special Jury Prize – Inspiring Film Award” at the 2016 Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA

May 8, 2016

“2e: Twice Exceptional” Now Available for Streaming for School and Institutional Use

Please visit Kanopy Streaming at https://www.kanopystreaming.com/product/2e-twice-exceptional for complete information on how to order.   The film will be available for streaming for personal and home use later in 2016.

April 6, 2016

Congratulations to Julie Skolnick of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC for hosting her sold-out screening of “2e: Twice Exceptional” last night in Bethesda, MD.   This is Julie’s second sold-out presentation this year.  Thanks for all your terrific work in getting the word out about our twice-exceptional community!

For more information about Julie and her practice, please visit http://withunderstandingcomescalm.com/.

February 19, 2016

While the students of Bridges Academy featured in “2e:Twice Exceptional” will forever be high school seniors in our film, in the real world five years have passed and they’ve moved forward impressively with their lives.

Here’s a quick peek at what’s going on with some of them:

I hope you enjoy the clip.

January 27, 2016

We’re pleased to announce a special screening of the award-winning documentary 2e: Twice Exceptional:

WHEN:     Saturday, February 13, 2016

WHERE:   The Innovation Hangar (formerly The Exploratorium) 

                   at the Palace of Fine Arts

                   3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94115

TIME:       2 PM



The film has a running time of 54 minutes.  Please plan to stay afterwards for a panel discussion with filmmaker Thomas Ropelewski and distinguished guests Susan Baum, Ph.D and Dr. Dan Peters.

This screening will be held at the Innovation Hangar Theater. It is located on the north end of the building, across from the Marina, off Marina Blvd. Nearest access is through the old Exploratorium entrance.

Additional parking is available at the Marina and Crissy Field.

The Panelists:

Susan Baum, Ph.D. is the Director of The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. She has over 30 years experience in public schools as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, teacher of the gifted, learning disabilities specialist, and educational consultant. Recently her writing and research has focused on the importance of talent development for all students. Her books include: Creativity 1,2,3; Chi Square, Pie Charts and Me; and To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Gifted Students with LD, ADHD. She serves on the advisory board of The 2e Newsletter and Smart Kids with LD newsletter. In addition, Dr. Baum is a Past President and Founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS).

Dan Peters, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, author, and Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Summit Center in California. He is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears. In addition, he is co-author (with Dr. Susan Daniels) of Raising Creative Kids. Dr. Peters is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.com and Psychology Today. He serves on the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Advisory Board, the Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) Editorial Board, and the Advisory Board for the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy.

Filmmaker Thomas Ropelewski has worked as a writer and director in film and television. Credits include Madhouse, Loverboy, Look Who’s Talking Now and The Next Best Thing. Ropelewski also produced Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange, which has been screened at film festivals, colleges and museums around the world, as well as on KCET’s “Truly CA” documentary series.

January 10, 2016

“2e: Twice Exceptional” will screen at:

WHERE:         BANANAS Child Care Resource
5232 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA
WHEN:           Monday, January 25
TIME:              7:30 PM
HOSTED BY: Amy Cheifetz, Educational Therapist and ADHD Coach


I’ll be there for a Q&A afterward. For more information, contact Amy at http://amycheif8@gmail.com or 510-207-2995

The film will also be featured at the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival 2016, which screens at 30 locations throughout the state from March 10-16. More details will be available soon!

January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all of you who have attended and hosted screenings or purchased DVDs of 2e: Twice Exceptional, and who are spreading awareness about the issues, challenges and rewards of being, raising, and teaching the twice-exceptional. The response to the film has been extraordinary, and I know we’re bringing information and hope to many families who have long felt isolated and misunderstood.

I want to share with you a letter I received from the mother of a twice-exceptional student in Melbourne, Australia:

Dear Tom,

  You kindly sent us the vimeo link to your movie back in Nov and I wanted to share with you the outcome of our successful visit to Bridges. 

 Lachlan  felt it was the first time in his life he was understood. Teachers “got him”, he recognized himself in some of the other kids, life re calibrated. 

Amongst the highlights, he loved:

* the 4 lesson day allowing him to hyper focus on each activity. 

* using his oral skills to debate the dot points of his theoretical essay on Philosophy 

* not having to write , dilute and destroy his intellect on paper

* try brand new subjects like Marine Biology, Advanced Physics, Film & Media 

* small classes enabling him to be the autodidact he is but gain immediate feedback from his teacher the instant he needed it 

* when he did need help, teachers never got vexed and sought out varieties of ways of describing their answer til it clicked

* teachers were smarter than him at logic puzzles, kudos!

* the abundant eccentricity

* he would be able to work from a Macbook 

* the kids were so smart and zany the school was zinging with stimulation 

* there was a Lost & Found person who helped boomerang items back to their owners. He lost 6 school blazers at his Australian school, none ever returned and got Detention for not having full uniform at weekly Assembly. So Boomerang Lady is a big deal.

* Jim Berkowitz  (Note: Jim is a history, music and film teacher at the school – TR)

 From my angle, Bridges parents could finish my sentences regarding raising a 2E son, this was very powerful as we had felt so isolated having only a few professional psychologists know of the term Twice Exceptional here in Melbourne. Certainly no-one in the education system, therefore whilst he had been (finally)  accurately diagnosed, these few experts were reading from the text books and didn’t have any practical experience with 2E to actually support, educate and help him.

 So to suddenly find ourselves amongst a whole 2E community was profound. Like thinking you had the only zebra in the world then discovering elsewhere there is a whole tribe of zebras. With zebra experts on tap.  And they were ready to welcome us with open arms. 

 Staff, students and parents alike were remarkable in the way they gave of their time and offered help to maximize his experience during the week. 

 It left us in no doubt we had to do what we could to bring him back to complete his education.  The wonderful news is Lachlan starts as a student  immediately after Wintersession ends. We are thrilled he will thrive with his tribe.

 This has flushed out many many conversations about Twice Exceptionality amongst our family, friends, colleagues, former teachers, sports coaches, neighbours – basically everyone we come into contact with as they learn of our 15 year old son relocating to LA for a unique school which caters to his needs. This ripple affect has already brought forward claims of other 2E children and a keen interest from educators to learn more.  I am so excited to help spread awareness as I feel compelled to further educate people about such vital members of our society.

 I always direct people to the Bridges website and tell them about your 2E movie.

 I heard from Eileen Brennan & Kim Vargas your son has graduated from school now, but chances are our paths may cross over the next few years.

 I thank you again for your movie & wish you and your family a happy 2016,

 Kind Regards,

 Julie Fleming

I appreciate the extraordinary steps Julie took not only to visit Bridges with her son, but to relocate to Los Angeles in order for him to attend the school. And I’m happy that she experienced personally the rich educational environment that I tried to capture and present in my film.  I do hope that there are lessons in the film that can be applied to any student – every student — who can’t attend Bridges Academy or one of the few schools like it.  Who wouldn’t benefit from a more individualized curriculum that focuses on the strengths and talents of a child, rather than on his or her challenges and weaknesses?

I hope in 2016 we can continue to broaden the discussion about twice-exceptionality and, with the help of schools like Bridges (http://bridges.edu) and the expansion of its 2e Center for Research and Professional Development (http://www.bridges.edu/2e-center.html), we can make meaningful strides in understanding and educating these extraordinary kids who may indeed grow up one day to change the world.

Best wishes,

Tom Ropelewski

NOVEMBER 15, 2015

“2e: Twice Exceptional” Named “Best Social Benefit Documentary” at the 10th Annual Eugene International Film Festival


with EIFF Director Mike Dilley and Cornelia Moore, winner of the “Best Dramatic Direction” Award for her film “West of Redemption”

I’m grateful to Director Mike Dilley and his terrific staff and volunteers at EIFF for this wonderful honor (and a weekend of wonderful films!)   I’d love to spend more time in that part of the country!

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

2e: Twice Exceptional is screening at:

WHERE: THE EUGENE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Bijou Metro Theaters, 43 West Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015

TIME: 3:00 PM

The film screens with “Creatively Maladjusted” (USA, 10 mins.) and “Welcome” (Spain, 28 mins.).  I’ll be there for a Q&A afterward.

For tickets and information, please visit http://www.eugenefilmfest.org/

More screening announcements coming soon!

OCTOBER 10, 2015

Dear Friends –

Now that school’s back in session, there are lots of upcoming screenings scheduled across the country. Here are the latest:



7101 Democracy Blvd.


PRESENTED BY: Julie F. Skolnick M.A., J.D., Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, a service supporting parents of gifted and distractable children. http://www.withunderstandingcomescalm.com/

PURCHASE TICKETS: $8.50 at http://WithUnderstandingComesCalm.brownpapertickets.com



WHERE: 2015 New England Conference on Gifted Education and Talent Development

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza
100 Berlin Rd.
Cromwell CT 06416

MODERATED BY: DR. SUSAN BAUM, Co-Director of the International Center for Talent Development and Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy

For schedule, tickets and information, please visit http://ctgifted.org



WHERE: Harkins Theater Tempe Marketplace 16                                                                                 2000 Rio Salado Parkway #1160,  Tempe, AZ 85281

WHEN: 6:30 PM

PRESENTED BY: Parents Education Network – Phoenix



WHERE: Molloy College
The Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY


PRESENTED BY: Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA)

Admission is free but seating is limited. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated at the door and will go toward the cost of the event. To RSVP, please contact TECA Executive Director Maratea Cantarella at (347) 889-9666 or http://maratea67@gmail.com



WHERE: Bluffton University

WHEN: 7:30 PM

More information coming soon, or contact slingerj@bluffton.edu



WHERE – Piedmont High School – Student Center
800 Magnolia Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611


PRESENTED BY: Piedmont ALPS (Advanced Learners Program Support) and PRAISE (Piedmonters for Resources, Advocacy and Information in Special Education)

I’ll be there for a Q&A after the screening.




MORE DETAILS COMING VERY SOON!  Visit www.eugenefilmfest.org

Best wishes,





JUNE 25, 2015 – Check out this video about the Arete Academy’s recent fundraiser at the Minnesota Vikings’ Winter Park, which featured a screening of “2e: Twice Exceptional”: Arete Academy Fundraiser



With former Viking Ryan Hoag

With former Viking Ryan Hoag