Autism in Love

Autism in Love

  • BY Matt Fuller | IN Identity
    Premiered January 11, 2016

About the Film

Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship — communication and social interaction. Filmed in a highly personal style, Matt Fuller’s Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. MORE

Thirtysomethings Dave and Lindsey have been together for eight years. Both “high functioning” and employed, they met at a conference on autism and, through the years, have learned to cope with each other’s quirks and different ways of communicating. The couple contemplate marriage, despite misgivings.  

Lenny, who lives in Los Angeles with his single mother, constantly struggles to accept that autism will always be part of who he is. The biggest hurdle in his life, the label has made meeting and dating girls seemingly impossible. Frustrated and angry, he spends his time watching sports, playing video games, and just trying to fit in, confiding that he “would rather be a normal man than an autistic person with a million dollars.”

Meanwhile, Stephen’s autism manifests itself in more obvious ways than the others we meet in the film, but even his detached affect and monotone speech are no barrier to love. After 20 years of marriage to Gita, they are faced with the ultimate test of terminal illness. Despite his limited speech and her physical deterioration, their love persists as Stephen supports Gita in her battle with ovarian cancer.  

Autism in Love shows us the wide range of perspectives on the spectrum, as it asks the question, “What happens when children with autism become adults and want to have lives of their own?”

The Filmmaker

After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Matt Fuller began working for Sony Pictures Entertainment on the thriller Vacancy. While on the Sony backlot, he went on to work for director Nelson McCormick as he directed two Sony feature films, Prom Night and The Stepfather. Fuller then transitioned to MBST Entertainment, working under seasoned producers Scott Kroopf and Larry Brezner as a Creative Executive, and then became Director of Film and Television Development where he supervised the development and production of Warner Bros.’s Arthur and Relativity’s Limitless. In the fall of 2012, Fuller began his career as an independent filmmaker by directing and producing Autism in Love. He launched The InSight Picture Company where he continues to inspire individuals and communities with compelling, cinematic stories. LESS

Film Credits

Autism in Love 

Directed and Produced by
Matt Fuller

Based on a Concept by
Ira Heilveil

Executive Producer
Ira Heilveil

Produced by
Carolina Groppa

Edited by
Alex O’Flinn

Cinematography by
Scott Uhlfelder

Key Production and Research Assistant
Gabriela Mariscal

Music by
Mac Quayle

Score Producer
Mac Quayle

Additional Music
Julian Scherle

James Harrah

“Nocturne #2 in Eb Major”
Performed by Sam Johnides

Post-Production Services
Company 3

Bryan Smaller

Color Producer
Alexis Guajardo

Sound Design and Mix
Mike Franklin

Audio Post-Production Services
Beacon St. Sound

Special Thanks
Alex Plank
Arman Khodaei
Bill and Dolores McDowell
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer
Bully Pictures
Chris Villalobos
Collin and Regina Blake
Dashiell Reinhart
Dr. Liz Laugeson
Drew Lindo
Erin Sullivan
Howard McBroom
J.D. Koumendakis
Jerry Sukys
Jessica Hopkins
Jillian Van Leuven
Judy Mark
Jonté LeGras
Karisme Cuellar
Kat Primeau
Marc Allante
Michele Carrizo
Misty Monroe
Mike Nowotarski
Musme Bravo
Nikki Tomlinson
Oliver Butcher
Paulina Basterra
Ryan Suffern
Sam Stern and Charlotte Chase
Sean and Janet Braziel
Stephanie Greco
Steven Berger
Taunee English
The Felix Family
The Goodman Family
The Groppa Family
The Hamrick Family
The Nebeker Family
Tim Powell
Tim Weyers
Tony Pinizzotto
Valerie Levett
Veronica Beach
Walter Clark
Yuri Baranosvky

Funding Provided in Part by
Michael Bennet
Kelly McNearny
Jason Forest
Sheri and Stan Ulrich
Monica Halperin
Deloris Hively
Marco Hansell
Marsha McKeon
Joe Rey
Lee Villalobos
Craig Skrzypecki
Hovig Menkaian
Ruena Mantes
Ryan Stander
Caitlin Ulrich-Smith
Joan Melanson
Matt Woods
Bethany McMillan
Vicki Ordeshook
Allison Leffingwell
Astrid Downs
John Boone
Johnny Recher
Yvette Sears
Tyler Brown
And others. A complete list is available from PBS.

Autism in Love is a co-production of Autism In Love, LLC. and CG Entertainment.

This film was produced by Autism In Love, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2014, Autism In Love, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Do you have people in your own family with autism? Does this film change your perspective about people on the autism spectrum? What does this film teach us about love?
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Do you have people in your own family with autism? Does this film change your perspective about people on the autism spectrum? What does this film teach us about love?