OKAY! (The ASD Band Film)

OKAY! (The ASD Band Film)

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OKAY! (The ASD Band Film)

Directed by: Mark Bone

Canada, 2022, 86m

Florida Premiere

In this original, feel-good music documentary, the title refers to “autism spectrum disorder.” Each band member is on the spectrum with her/his own distinctiveness: “We’re different, but not less.” Meet the young adults: Jackson (guitar/singer); Spencer (drums); Ron (keyboards); and Rawan (singer). Spencer’s an Elvis fan; savant Ron knows the day of the week of any date. Watch the bandmates shatter the stigma of autism as they come together to express themselves through song. “All of us are kindred spirits,” says Jackson. Get to know their families intimately as they share their experiences and hopes. Ron’s mother reveals, “It’s very challenging when you raise a child with autism, but it’s very rewarding.” Follow the band from the garage to the stage in this creative collaboration between the filmmaker and his subject. An authentic, sincere, and touching look inside autism, without condescension or pity. You’ll root for them and join in their musical journey, and instantly add their album to your Spotify playlist the moment the film ends!

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