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Monday, August 14, 2023

Thunderfeather and Autism in Film

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss depictions of ASD in popular culture.  There are now efforts to improve the representation of autistic people in the performing arts. 

Peter Rosen at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City: 

A Utah filmmaker is trying to create opportunities for people who are neurodivergent, in the movies.

Levi Harris said it began he was working on a film script about a little boy who befriends a werewolf.

“I just realized he was autistic,” Harris said. “And like, I’m not autistic. I don’t have a sibling [or] somebody that I’m directly connected to that’s autistic. But it was kind of the beginning [for] me of exploring that world.”

That became a short film, “The Thunderbird,” starring a little boy who has autism, Anderson Hazen, and the start of an organization called Thunderfeather.