I met Tommy by pure chance a few years ago, while filming a project with autistic teenagers. I was immediately struck by his love for life and his desire to share his gift with the world. Tommy is a sixty year-old autistic man with the life long dream of singing with a Big Band. I decided to make a documentary and follow how Tommy, against all odds, armed with his golden voice and his all-American optimism, embarks on a quest to have the “world on a string”. (Hint, he loves Sinatra)
The intention of the film is for you to get to know Tommy devoid of all outside commentary and bring you as close possible to what it feels like to be him, a man full of vibrant contradictions, deep human insights and a contagious sense of humor. We believe the film can have a double impact: it can give those inside the autistic community a vision of an expanded horizon where the future is a world of possibilities and it can also offer those outside the autistic community the vision of a common humanity that will move their perception of autistic adults in a positive direction.
There is something very powerful to be said for Tommy’s voice: he speaks his heart and he tells his truth without getting lost in the grammar of the ego… and we are the better for it.
Tommy! premiered in NYC. at the Sprout Film Festival
at the world’s first Autism Sensory Friendly Screening