Three young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (a mild form of autism) share their stories to show life from their perspective. They discuss their everyday experiences and difficulties they face, and their hopes for the future. The film was produced by Alyssa Huber, a film student who also has Asperger’s.
The production of this film took about two years, though it began as a idea for a school project. The goal of the project was simple: to tell a story. So I interviewed my friend Katie, and learned so much about her journey with Asperger’s. I told her story in a short trailer-style film.
It expanded beyond what I planned initially, since I decided to produce it as a full-length film. I told not only Katie’s story, but my own (Alyssa’s), and the stories of many others on the autism spectrum. I interviewed about seven other young adults on the spectrum who were friends and acquaintances of mine, and I also interviewed three experts in the area of psychology.
I loved this project so much, but the tough part was that I was still in college. I cannot work or do any extracurricular activities while I’m in school due to my Asperger’s, and yet I chose to produce an entire film on my own on top of my normal workload. That’d be tough for a normal person! I worked very hard through the murky waters of anxiety, depression, and perfectionism (that comes with my AS) to complete it, but I’m glad I did.
I wanted to help others understand Asperger’s, but this project helped me, too. I learned a lot from it, and it gave me a reason to stay motivated in spite of my difficulties. Life is tough when you feel different and isolated, but film-making gives me a way to stay connected with the world. Plus, I love every aspect of making films, so I had fun with it!