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TALKING ABOUT IT
Director: Isaac Haney-Owens
Winner of the EMERGING VOICE AWARD
ABOUT THE FILM
I joined BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology), a San Francisco nonprofit community media production company, in the fall of 2009. At that time, I was just finishing high school and wanted to learn how to make films. I became a young media producer at BAYCAT, taking filmmaking classes and I started to work on films. At the beginning, I was reluctant to be in front of the camera, but with time and some training on production and acting for the camera, I was able to feel more at ease and became more confident. I was excited that BAYCAT then offered me an internship. While working on our 19th episode of BAYCAT’s youth-produced TV show “Zoom In,” we focused on interpretations of the word “legacy.” We were asked to reflect on what others have left for us, and what we would like to leave behind for future generations. With some encouragement from Marco, the Program Director, and the BAYCAT team, I took a chance and started working on TALKING ABOUT IT. The film provides people with a snapshot into my life living with Asperger’s, and my art. Besides turning the camera on myself, I asked my mom Karen a few questions, and I also included some of my photographs at the end.
As I say in the film, I wish for people with disabilities to find ways to cope with their lives and challenge themselves to do things that a “normal” person would do. I hope my film fights isolation and creates solidarity.
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