2017 Films


The CAN Film Festival offers two feature length films and four short films.

Aspie Seeks Love

Friday evening, April 7th, at 7:00 pm David Matthews, Aspie Seeks Love's central figure, will share a bit about life before and after receiving an autism spectrum diagnosis.  The feature-length film will begin at approximately 7:30pm.

ASPIE SEEKS LOVE shows some of the lifelong challenges that people with autism can face.  It follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David Matthews has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love – fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. He wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams.


The Family Next Door

Saturday morning, April 8th, at 10 am Barry Reese, co-creator of our second feature-length film, The Family Next Door, will discuss his personal journey of knowing nothing about autism to after his 2-year walk with the Lund family while making the film.

The Family Next Door exhibits the impact of autism on the family.  It is a story about the Lund family (4 children, 2 on the autism spectrum) and their journey into the hyper-complex and emotionally draining maze that is autism.  We followed this family for 16 months and witnessed a story of never ending struggles, unexpected joys, drastically altered expectations, painful loneliness, unconditional love and hope.  Experience the first-hand reality of autism and how one family’s grace, patience and determination steer them on the unpaved road of The Family Next Door.

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A reception luncheon will be held immediately following The Family Next Door.  Viewers of The Family Next Door can have lunch and a Q&A session with CAN parent ambassadors outside of the theater.

4 Short Films

Saturday afternoon, April 8th, at 1:30 pm, the three shorts will be screened.  Jesse Cramer and George Barnham of Circles will provide an introduction to the film as well as a Q&A session.

Keep The Change: This short provides an additional glimpse into lifelong challenges and Executive Level Functioning deficits.  It is about an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his autism is forced to attend a support group for people with disabilities, he meets a young woman who will change his identity forever.

Amazing Things Happen:  A submission from England, this animated short is geared toward children and helping them to understand those with autism in an effort to reduce bullying and judgement.

I Believe: This powerful short shows how easy it is for “neurotypical” people to be judgmental of those with autism and the bullying that ensues due to the judgement.  This tale, inspired by real-life events, is about an initially shaky and unlikely friendship between an autistic young man and a popular guy in church.

Circles:  This film focuses on the emotion, or seeming lack thereof,  of life changing events and also provides the viewer with insight into traditional autistic behaviors of obsession and perseveratioin.  Featuring a cast of autistic actors, CIRCLES follows OLLIE, a 16-year-old boy, throughout one day at school as his best friend CAM prepares to move away.