Filmmakers from Los Angeles and Road Island have partnered with The Autism Project to produce a non-profit film about an aspiring artist with Asperger's Syndrome (a form a high functioning Autism). The film will focus on the young man falling in love for the first time and the flood of emotions that this can bring to a person with the challenges presented with Asperger's.
Sean Micheal Bayer, the director and co-writer of the film plans to begin shooting this year on a budget of around $200,000, which is a minimal for a full length film. They are however shooting in Rhode Island to take advantage of the tax incentives that state offers to filmmakers. Actor, Adam Carbone will portray the lead character, Randy.
When most people think of movies about autistic individuals they typically think of the Tom Cruise / Dustin Hoffman movie Rain Man. It appears this movie will break away from that stereotype in depicting a more independent character with autism who is capable of expressing himself through both art and love.
“We’re telling a beautiful story about a kid with Asperger’s making his way in the world and helping those with autism at the same time.” –Sean Michael Beyer, Director / Co-Writer
According to Beyer, the accurate portrayal of a young man with Asperger's is very important to him and is why they have been working closely with The Autism Project Road Island in order to make sure that this fictional character is portrayed as realistically as possible. The success of this film could mean a great deal to the individuals and families who live with the impact of Autism on their day to day lives.
I feel it necessary to mention that my son, pictured with me in my profile picture, also has Asperger's Syndrome, so this project, which I just recently discovered means more than most. Further information on the project including donation information can be found here.