L.A. Festival Debuts "Game Changing" Autism Documentary
By: Creektree Films
That's what parents of adults with autism around the country have been saying about an inspirational new documentary making it's festival debut December 3rd at New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA).
Each year, NFMLA receives thousands of submissions. The film "Programming Hope" is one of only a handful of films selected to screen at this year's NFMLA DocuSlate Fest event - a special documentary only event put on each year by the NFMLA in partnership with the International Documentary Association. The film features an inside look at the Nonpareil Institute - a Texas-based nonprofit technology company that's providing technical training and jobs in video game design for individuals who have been diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum.
Jack Creamer, the director of "Programming Hope", says, "There is an employment crisis facing adults with autism, 90% are unemployed or underemployed - without a career they'll need to be supported by family the rest of their lives. Nonpareil (NPI) is doing something to address that problem."
Nonpareil is the creation of former professional race car driver and technologist, Dan Selec. When his youngest son was diagnosed with autism, he was inspired to put his technology skills to work in a personal way - to help create a future for his son. The company he started in his kitchen with just a few students has now grown to a staff of almost 200 - learning and working at locations in Dallas and Houston.
Creamer says, "Nonpareil means 'unparalleled, without match, or unequaled', and that's what these students and employees are. They're creating amazing apps that are being sold in iTunes and Google Play stores."
Initial screenings of the film have drawn large audiences around the country interested in the film's uplifting story. Diane Thomas has an adult son on the autism spectrum. She and her husband drove almost 4 hours from Indianapolis to see the film in Columbus, Ohio. "This film is a must-see for others to understand the hope that we have been looking for. It gives an honest glimpse into the struggles and victories these adults and families like ours face every day," says Thomas.
Creamer says, "These are gifted and intelligent people who face often misunderstood communication difficulties or other issues related to living with autism. When those differences are recognized and accepted - it makes all the difference in the world. And that's what this film depicts."
As far as his personal take on Nonpareil and documenting their journey, Creamer sums it up simply - "This place is truly changing people's lives - and that's a great story to tell."
NFMLA DocuSlate Fest kicks off December 3rd at the South Park Center in downtown Los Angeles. A pre-screening reception with the filmmakers will be held at 4:00 PM the day of the event, followed by the screening of "Programming Hope" at 4:30. Tickets will be available in advance through the festival's website.
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