36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

Generation A: Portraits of Autism in the Arts

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Through eight compelling portraits, Generation A celebrates the talents of youths with autism, and provides them a platform on which to speak openly about their struggles. This documentary showcases the creative therapies and art programs that are available to stimulate the brain, encourage meaningful connections, and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential. The film features Dr. Temple Grandin and other experts in the field, alongside in-depth interviews with youths and their families as they explore music, dance, art, animation, and more. Introduction by Stephanie Hicks and discussion with Dr. Kristen Jamison, Dr. Laura Easter, Jaimee Traub (U.Va.), Peggy Halliday, and moderator Dr. Jane Hilton (U.Va.)


Friday, November 6


4:00 PM


Downtown Mall : Vinegar Hill Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Barry Shils

Runtime: 76 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2015

Country: USA

Featuring: Edward Asner, Temple Grandin, Alex Plank