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Stories from the Spectrum

A series of short films by Kathryn Dietz

STORIES FROM THE SPECTRUM is series of short films that explore the realities of life on the autism spectrum for older teens, adults, and their families. The profiles are of individuals whose challenges range from mild to severe, in each case showing the beauty and strengths that they bring to the world. Film has the power to confer dignity on its subjects and this is the aim of the series: to celebrate and give voice to people who often have none.

So far Ms. Dietz has completed two films. “The Snow Ball” shows teenaged boys working together in a friendship-building class to plan a semi-formal dance. “Team of Brothers” is about a teenaged girl who finds a place to belong on a men’s disability hockey team. She has partially shot a third film, “One Step at a Time,” about an ultra marathoner and artist. Two new films ready for production are mentioned elsewhere on this website: “Henry’s World” and “Date Night.”

“When I first began researching autism, I quickly learned of the many minefields and the stigma that can attach to this subject,” says Ms. Dietz. “People told me, ‘You cannot generalize. If you know one person with autism, you know just one person.'” That led to the creation of this series. Each story is completely different, and yet each one taps the humanity that is common to all of us, and the kindness, humor, and courage that makes life good.

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Kathryn Dietz, Director