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by Indiewire
January 7, 2013 9:33 AM
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Project of the Day: 'Spectrum' Explores Autism

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
 
"Spectrum"
 
Tweetable Logline:
 
A stylized documentary about autism and sensory perception, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin.
 
Elevator Pitch:
 

I've been interviewing autistic people about how they perceive the world, through vision, sound, touch, smell, and taste. The descriptions are mind-blowing - "rain sounds like bullets"...."a mix of floating shapes and sounds"...."complete CHAOS."

My next step is create visual and auditory media to represent the experiences described. Picture time-lapse photography, high speed photography, pixelated animation, etc. I've learned that autistic perception can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes, quite beautiful. We may not have found the "cure" for autism, but we CAN create accommodating environments if we understand sensory issues. Let's take a step in imagining the lens of autism.

 
Production Team:
 

Director & Producer: Jill Jones
Director of Photography: Brent Yontz

About the Production:
 
"I grew up learning about autism from my cousin Grant. At Christmas time, when everyone was opening presents, Grant would leave the house to ride in the car with his dad. As a kid, I couldn't understand why any child would turn down the chance to open presents. My Aunt explained that Grant could be overwhelmed by the noise and chaos of my entire extended family in one room. She said he finds the car rides soothing. Ever since, I have been working to understand Grant's perception and the world of autism." -- Jill Jones
 
Current Status:
 
In production.
 
For more information and to support this project:
 
Film Website
IndieGoGo Page
 

Spectrum from Jill Jones on Vimeo.

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4 Comments

  • Easton Wall | January 13, 2013 6:40 PMReply

    What you are doing is highly commendable even if you don't win this contest. I also know Grant and it seemingly such a waste of humanity. I hope you the best for even tackling this terrible condition tackling young people

  • Penelope Grills | January 9, 2013 4:33 AMReply

    "Spectrum" is a documentary that will be of great benefit and interest to the many people in the world who have contact with autism in their lives.

  • EN | January 7, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    It sounds as though "Spectrum" has the potential to be a mesmerizing and enlightening documentary that will provide viewers with insight into the sensory challenges experienced by many autistic people. Jill Jones' ambition to create a stylized documentary, interspersed with interviews from the perspective of Temple Grandin and other autistic individuals, is one that should be realized, as it will be embraced by audiences world-wide, eager to have a new and better understanding of the multifaceted world of autism.

  • Jill Jones | January 11, 2013 5:37 PM

    Thank you so much for your comments in support of "Spectrum!"