JORDAN’S CAKE 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 […]
JORDAN’S CAKE – https://youtu.be/fllNl31rGuI
Jordan’s Cake revolves around a young boy on the autism spectrum who‘s desire for chocolate cake is misunderstood by those around him. Watch our entry in the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Awareness Campaign!
Mikkel Palmer stars as JORDAN. Mikkel is vision impaired, was born with septic-optic dysplasia, and has been diagnosed as high functioning on the autism spectrum. It was important to him to participate in this project so that kids like him “wouldn’t feel so alone.” Mikkel is my nephew and it was important to me to help him find a platform that fosters an understanding that different does not mean less, that inspires diversity and inclusion above and beyond race, and that empowers those who are differently abled.
Participating in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge has been an eye opening experience. I headed a team we called Kindred Spirits. Kindred Spirits was a collaboration between those with and without disabilities. Disabilities included brain trama, dyslexia, autism, unexplained seizures, ADHD, clinical depression, and blindness. Those without a disability were closely related to some who did, like one of the writers who had 2 nephews who passed away 6 months apart due to complications with cerebral palsy or the 4 of us who either had a brother or nephew with autism. Many of us had never met prior to beginning the Easterseals Challenge. But we created a safe space at Manual’s Tavern in Atlanta, communed for 13 hours and wrote a story that Mikkel and others in the autism community can identify with and support.
Mikkel knows that “being normal” is over-rated. My hope is that people get back to a place where we actually see each other; that labels and snap judgements take a back seat real social interaction. Do you remember the King and I song, “Getting To Know You… Getting to know all about you…. Hoping to like you….hoping you like me….?“ I think it’s time for a remix. It’s time the radio met this preschool jam.
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We spent 55 hours (one weekend) making the 5 min short and many more hours have been put into our awareness campaign. Many thanks to Anne McWhorter for providing her expertise to the project. Because no two people on the autism spectrum are alike, it was important to us to have a consultant on the film. Anne was our secret weapon. Jordan’s Cake was given incredible publicity thanks to Anne’s influence in Louisiana and across the nation. Many thanks to those behind the scenes whom we have not met who have made Jordan’s Cake accessible to so many.
The awareness campaign ends May 2nd, but the message of the film will last until we all believe and agree to see each other as one.
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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