A 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Entry Spotlights Autism
ATLANTA, GA, April 20 – Over the course of 55 hours, Atlanta based team Kindred Spirits wrote, directed and edited a 5 min short film about autism called Jordan’s Cake and entered it into the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to empower filmmakers, actors and other creators – with and without disabilities – the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.
Jordan’s Cake revolves around a young boy on the autism spectrum named Jordan who struggles to communicate. When his family finds themselves in financial straights, Jordan becomes determined to share his solution and, with the help of his sister Jennifer, finds a way to become understood. 11 year old Mikkel Palmer of Augusta plays Jordan and 14 year old Jetta Strayhorn of Atlanta plays his sister. Together, the two present a dynamic duo that audiences can easily relate to. Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact that can present in a plethora of symptoms, such as obsessive interests and repetitive. Mikkel was able to channel his experience with autism into his role and presents a thoughtful, resilient and intelligent portrayal of a youth with autism.
Sunshine Brathwaite, Tiffany Lyle, Crystal Ramos, Aeric Adams, Joe Spinola, Linda King-Mack and Shanalyna Palmer made up the Kindred Spirits writing team. Anne Delery McWhorter, a Disability Integration, Autism and Sensory Issues expert, was a consultant on the film. This year, Easterseals mandated that the genre for all entries was buddy comedy. So the challenge was to create an engaging short film that did not make fun of either the condition nor the individuals with autism. The writing team, in consultation with McWhorter, were able to deliver a script that presents the core difficulty of autism. The message of the film is that those living on the spectrum may not communicate in the traditional sense; nonetheless, they have plenty to contribute to society.
Jordan’s Cake – 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Entry is currently available until April 29th for the awareness portion of the Easterseals film contest on YouTube, Facebook, and on the Kindred Spirits website: jordanscake.strikingly.com. Everyone is encouraged to watch, like and share the film to help team Kindred Spirits on their mission to spread awareness and to win the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
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