The CAN Film Festival exhibits films by or about people with autism. This event is designed to educate “neurotypical” people about autism, it’s impact on the family unit and the lifelong challenges those with autism must contend.
The CAN Film Festival offers two feature length films and three short films.
Aspie Seeks Love (Documentary)
Friday evening, April 7th, at 7:30 pm will have the first feature length film, Aspie Seeks Love.
ASPIE SEEKS LOVE shows some of the lifelong challenges that people with autism can face. It follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David Matthews has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love – fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. He wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams.Awards: Best Documentary Feature Film at Cinequest Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Film at Omaha Film Festival, Special Jury Mention at Northside Film Festival.
The Family Next Door (Documentary)
Saturday morning, April 8th, at 10 am will show the second feature-length film, The Family Next Door.
The Family Next Door exhibits the impact of autism on the family. It is a story about the Lund family (4 children, 2 on the autism spectrum) and their journey into the hyper-complex and emotionally draining maze that is autism. We followed this family for 16 months and witnessed a story of never ending struggles, unexpected joys, drastically altered expectations, painful loneliness, unconditional love and hope. Experience the first-hand reality of autism and how one family’s grace, patience and determination steer them on the unpaved road of The Family Next Door.
A Meet-&-Greet Mixer will be held immediately following The Family Next Door.
Viewers of The Family Next Door will have an opportunity to have lunch and have a Q&A session with CAN parent ambassadors. Location TBA.
3 Short Films
Saturday afternoon, April 8th, at 1 pm, the three shorts will be screened.
- Keep The Change: This short provides an additional glimpse into lifelong challenges and Executive Level Functioning deficits. It is about an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his autism is forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities, he meets a young woman who will change his identity forever.
- I Believe: This powerful short shows how easy it is for “neurotypical” people to be judgmental of those with autism and the bullying that ensues due to the judgement. This tale, inspired by real-life events, is about an initially shaky and unlikely friendship between an autistic young man and a popular guy in church.
- Circles: This film focuses on the emotion, or seeming lack thereof, of life changing events and also provides the viewer with insight into traditional autistic behaviors of obsession and perseveratioin. Featuring a cast of autistic actors, CIRCLES follows OLLIE, a 16-year-old boy, throughout one day at school as his best friend CAM prepares to move away.
There will be a drawing for a prize after each film shown on Saturday.