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AUTISM IN LOVE is a feature length documentary film exploring how adults with autism fall in love and manage romantic relationships.

Background

What began as research for a book quickly morphed into a feature-length documentary. After all, what better way is there to capture a love story than to see it unfold before your eyes? We've been working on AUTISM IN LOVE for almost 18 months and could not be more excited about the phenomenal people in the autism community we've already had the pleasure of meeting--from participants in our documentary, to passionate parents, to therapists, and everyone in between!

The story is told from several unique perspectives. We're filming couples who are in different stages of their relationships as well as single adults who are actively looking for their soul mate. We're most interested in giving a voice directly to people on the autism spectrum, letting them tell the stories of their ups and downs in the pursuit of love. We will share their remarkable journey with the utmost respect, integrity, and honesty.

We know we can do this with your support! Every donation at any level makes a difference!
We know we can do this with your support! Every donation at any level makes a difference!

How YOU Can Help

To date, we've raised some money to shoot AUTISM IN LOVE thanks to private investors. We're in the process of applying for documentary grants, but that road is long and uncertain . The $100,000 we'll raise through this campaign will let us continue filming for the duration of 2013, hire our editor, and pay for legal fees.

We really cannot emphasize enough how important your contributions are. By backing AUTISM IN LOVE, you will be making the continued production of this film a reality while also participating in a social cause. Without meeting our goal, this film won't get made. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal, and to a completed film.

If you can't contribute, that's ok! Please pass this along to someone who might. The more we spread the word, the more likely this film will become a reality. And more importantly, it will allow us to connect with our audiences throughout this journey.

$100,000 is a big goal, but we know we can do this with your help!
$100,000 is a big goal, but we know we can do this with your help!

Who We Are
Matt Fuller / director

Raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Matt discovered his passion and talent for filmmaking early in life.

While still in high school, Matt started his own production company - Chauncy Productions, Inc. - a company dedicated to compelling stories while embracing local communities to affect change. Working hand in hand with the Boys and Girls Club of America, Matt produced & directed several short films about drunk driving & road rage that would soon be incorporated into state-wide high school curriculum.

After graduating with a degree in Film from the University of Central Florida, Matt moved to Los Angeles, beginning an exciting career in the motion picture industry. First working as a Production Assistant on the Sony thriller, VACANCY, Matt soon met his mentor, director Nelson McCormick. Matt worked as the director's assistant on two Sony feature films, PROM NIGHT and STEPFATHER before moving into story development.  

Upon joining MBST Entertainment, Matt worked with seasoned producers Scott Kroopf and Larry Brezner as a Creative Executive. He soon rose to become the Director of Film and Television Development where he supervised the production of Warner Brothers' ARTHUR (Russell Brand) and Relativity's LIMITLESS (Bradley Cooper). 

In the fall of 2011, Matt revived his passion for directing, dedicating himself to compelling narrative & documentary films that challenge him professionally while supporting the betterment of his community. 

Carolina Groppa / producer / www.carolinagroppa.com

A Native of São Paulo, Brazil, Carolina migrated to the US with her family at the age of 9. After studying Theater at the University of Central Florida, she relocated to Los Angeles to continue her studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Carolina most recently appeared on screen in the feature film THE HAUNTING OF WHALEY HOUSE, directed by Jose Prendes. 

Carolina soon discovered her passion for producing behind the camera. In 2010, she produced a six week run of the stage comedy "Spike Heels" in Los Angeles' Theater 68. Thanks to her successes on stage, Carolina became an integral part of raising capital and managing the day-to-day operations for the 2011 indie thriller BRAKE (Stephen Dorff).

In addition to continuing her work in front of the camera, Carolina has produced several award-winning short films including the sci-fi thriller THE TASTE OF COPPER (Scott Haze) and DONOR directed by Mark Gantt, winner of Indie Cinema Series' Best of the Best award. 

With Carolina's focus now on producing feature length content, she continues to use her worldly perspective and keen dramatic sensibilities to support unique voices that tell imaginative, captivating stories.

Scott Uhlfelder / cinematographer / http://www.scottu.com

Scott found his passion for cinematography while shooting skateboarding videos on the streets of Miami.

He refined his skills at the University of Central Florida, quickly becoming one of the most sought after directors of photography among his peers. The hours in school and on set enabled Scott to develop his natural style of shooting. In the recent years, he received his commendations for his work which appeared on screen at The LA Film Festival, AFI Fest, SXSW, Slamdance, and Sundance.

When not immersed in a project, Scott uses his free time for the on-going study of his craft and continues to develop his working relationships with talented up and coming directors.

Alex O'Flynn / editor

Alex studied at the University of California Los Angeles, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production. He studied & trained under some of the best editors in the trade including Nancy Richardson (TWILIGHT, THIRTEEN), Tim Good (FRINGE, GOSSIP GIRL) and Curtiss Clayton (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO). 

Since graduating, Alex has edited many films, focusing on subtlety and the nuances of good storytelling. His work with Tremolo Productions on the feature documentary TROUBADOURS was featured at Sundance and on PBS: American Masters. He's worked with many clients including the Sundance Institute, Mattel, World of Wonder, Jim Parrack (TRUE BLOOD), and multiple independent producers & directors. Alex is also a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild - Local 700. 

Currently, Alex is editing the feature documentary 8 DAYS IN APRIL (Regional PBS release) for Radiant Features. He is also looking forward to editing the feature film A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT for director Ana Lily Amirpour this Fall.

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Timing: Our participants are truly remarkable people that are not only brave enough to share their stories with our cameras, but also willing to allow us to be a part of their lives this year. Thanks to the seed money we were able to raise privately, our cameras have captured the beginnings of significant life events. Real relationships are blossoming. But if we don't reach our goal, we'll be unable to capture the story that's happening now.

Most people know very little, if anything, about autism. They have no idea about the complex, meaningful & romantic lives that those on the spectrum are truly capable of. That ignorance is dangerous. If this movie isn't made, the general public will continue to dismiss this quickly growing segment of the population. . Help us give hope to all the people on the spectrum - and the people who care about them. Help us share their stories with the world and transform everyone's ideas about love.

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    THE FIRST DATE - You've taken the first step toward that slight brush of the hand, and for that, you will receive an EXCLUSIVE limited edition DVD. It will include a behind the scenes on the making of the documentary, bonus material, deleted scenes, and much more! PLUS a digital download of the film!

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    LOVE NOTE - Time crawls as you overanalyze the planning of the second date. This donation gets you an unique love note created by Matt or Carolina that you can keep or give to a loved one. With our personal and loving touch, these would make the perfect anniversary gift! Notes can be handwritten and mailed to you, or filmed and delivered via a high resolution downloadable link. PLUS a digital download of the film!

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    SHOUTING THEIR NAME FROM THE ROOFTOPS. The infatuation has morphed into love as you live on cloud nine. You feel like shouting their name from the rooftops, and we feel like shouting yours! With this donation, you will get your name the credits of the film and on our official website! PLUS digital download of the film!

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    COUPLES BRUNCH - It's time to meet the best friends...and the friends of friends! For this donation, you will receive a "Creative Consultation" with Matt and/or Carolina. During this hour, we will Skype (or meet for coffee if you are LA local) to review any creative portfolio you may have or a screenplay you'd like feedback on. We will offer story development notes and guidance on your project. This is the perfect perk for aspiring filmmakers! PLUS digital download of the film and and your name in the credits!

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    COUPLES PHOTOS - You wear matching denim outfits and pay a professional photographer to get a timeless photos to share with loved ones! For this donation, you will get a 3 hour session with Matt to shoot a complete environmental portrait series that captures your essence. If you are local to Los Angeles, or can get yourself to this area, you will not want to miss out on this perk! Photos will be delivered in high quality digital files via a downloadable link. (travel/lodging not included). PLUS adigital download of the film and your name in the credits!

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    HOPELESS ROMANTIC - You'd stand outside their window holding a boom box, you'd meet them at the top of the Empire state building; you are officially hopelessly in love. What goes better with love than art? For this donation, you get a one of a kind original 19x24 artwork created by one of the participants in our film, Stephanie Greenwald. http://www.stephaniegreenwald.blogspot.com/ PLUS a digital download of the film and your name in the credits!

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    WEEKEND IN THE CABIN - Nothing like spending a weekend bundled up with your love. This donation gets you the chance to spend a day on set with us where you'll learn the intricacies of documentary filmmaking (travel/lodging to LA not included). PLUS a digital download, autographed DVD and your name in the credits!

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    LOVERS FLIGHT - Ever wanted to watch the sunset from the sky? This donation gets you a private 45 minute romantic sunset flight for two over the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. Make it the perfect date or give away as a gift. (Travel/lodging to LA not included.)

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    THE PROPOSAL - You've scoured the web for uniquely romantic proposal ideas that involve a flashmob. You're ready for the big next step! This donation gets you an intimate lunch or dinner with the filmmakers! Let's enjoy each other's company over good food and good folk! (Subject to filmmakers' availability. Travel/lodging to LA not included.) PLUS a digital download, autographed DVD, your name in the credits!

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    THE DIAMOND RING - Whoa! This is it. The moment many dream about. The ring is officially on that pretty little finger. This donation gets you an intimate lunch or dinner with the filmmakers and some of the film's participants! Let's enjoy each other's company over good food and good folk! (Subject to their availability. Travel/lodging to LA not included.) PLUS a digital download, poster, t-shirt, autographed DVD, and your name in the credits!

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    DAY OF LOVE - What could be better than a day on an island with someone you love? This donation gets you get a private flight for two to Santa Barbara for the day! Car service to to and from airport plus a $100 food voucher is on us. (Travel/lodging to LA not included.)

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    THE DRESS - You've visited every boutique and online store, and months later, you found the one that will make your guests gasp, birds sing, and your loved one fall even deeper in love upon seeing you in all white. For this donation, we will rent out a theater in your hometown — or a town near you — and have a screening for up to 50 guests. We’ll do our best to schedule the screening before the theatrical release of the film. If scheduling conflicts present themselves, we'll hold your screening within the first 2 week of the theatrical run. PLUS a digital download, poster, tshirt, autographed DVD, and you name in the credits!

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    THE WEDDING - Jaw dropping decorations, decadent food, and tons of dancing later, you are officially married! For this donation, we will come to you (must be located in the US) and spend an entire day creating a 15 minute mini film of your love story that will look and feel similar to our sizzle reel. This can focus on the love shared between siblings, a mother/daughter, or romantic love! We will shoot it, edit it, and get it to you in a high resolution digital download link and DVD format. PLUS a digital download, a poster, tshirt, autographed DVD, and your name in the credits!

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    THE HONEYMOON - Nothing like spending quality while sipping Mai Tai's in Hawaii after family and friends have flooded you with their love and support! This donation gets you a private, four-hour directing workshop with Matt. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker or want to be in front on the camera, learn what it takes to hone your craft and be a Hollywood professional. (Travel/lodging to LA not included.) PLUS a digital download, a poster, tshirt, autographed DVD, and your name in the credits!

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    THE FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - You've picked the perfect Paper anniversary gift. Oh, and on that note, this donation gets you either two (2) VIP tickets to the film's domestic premiere and party (location TBD, travel/lodging to LA not included.) or two (2) VIP tickets to a screening in your area. PLUS a digital download, a poster, two tshirts, autographed DVD, autographed photobook and your name in the credits!

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