On Screen In Person
In this first-of-its-kind, editorial collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic person, Deej is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ Savarese — a nonspeaking autistic man navigating the world in unconventional ways — not by his parents or autism experts, or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “nothing about us without us.”
Screening begins at 7:00 pm.
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The Atlas’ screening of Deej will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Erica Ginsberg – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers headquartered near Washington DC. Panelists include:
- Julia Bascom – Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- Jenn Lynn – mother of a 14-year-old son with a host of disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Executive Director of Upcounty Community Resources, a nonprofit group in Maryland that serves the fitness, social, and therapeutic needs of adults with special needs
- Benjamin McGann – an autistic self-advocate and board member of the non-profit organization, Nonspeaking CommUnity Consortium
- Robert Rooy – independent filmmaker as well as producer, director, videographer and editor of Deej
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.