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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #12: Matt Fuller Explores Misunderstood Intimacies in ‘Autism In Love’

Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #12: Matt Fuller Explores Misunderstood Intimacies in 'Autism In Love'

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What does it mean to love and be loved? Director Matt Fuller examines the reality of autistic adulthood and shows how the members of this often-misunderstood community cope with the challenge of keeping romance alive. ‘Autism in Love’ is a celebration of accepting the differences in others, and in ourselves. [Synopsis courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.]

What’s Your Film About In 140 Characters Or Less?

‘Autism In Love’ is a film that explores how adults with autism find and manage romantic relationships.

Now what’s it REALLY about?

The movie is really about how we find connection to ourselves and others.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I’m just a guy who loves people, storytelling and cameras.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

The biggest challenge in making this film was finding people who were willing to share the most intimate parts of their lives with me, and my camera.

What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?

I want Tribeca audiences to more deeply understand what it’s like to be a person with autism, and that the challenges of loving ourselves (and others) transcend labels.

Any Films Inspire You?

While making this film, I was most inspired by Errol Morris’ “First Person” series, Terry Zwingoff’s “Crumb” and the Maysles’ “Salesman”.

What’s next?

I’m beginning production on another feature doc about transgender children, and I’m adapting a novel that I plan to direct.

What cameras did you shoot on?

Canon’s C300 and the 5D Mark 3.

Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?

Fortunately, many of our supporters made direct donations to the film through our web site.

Did you go to film school? If so, which one? 

I did go to film school at the University of Central Florida.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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