About this project
Risks and challenges
Lance deals with very common challenges associated with autism: social anxiety, difficulty communicating and making eye contact, reliance on ritualistic behaviors that often limit daily productivity, occasional issues with motor skills and coordination as well as phobias including claustrophobia and agoraphobia.
These challenges, however, are less problematic when Lance is with his nephew Aaron. Since the age of three Aaron has been a friend to Lance and a great source of trust and comfort. Now thirty-two, Aaron is an actor, producer and director who has carefully planned an innovative documentary shoot that allows Lance to interact with a skilled film crew without being overwhelmed. Lance’s Brewery Tour is a candid portrait of the beauty and brilliance of a gifted autistic man and the difficulties he will face to pursue his dream.
Early on we thought receiving permission and access to breweries, both historic and current, would be challenging. However, throughout production development we have received an overwhelming amount of support from breweries, beer experts and business owners across the Midwest. We are astounded by the opportunities and excitement that keeps pouring in for Lance and his dream.
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No. Lance will still go silent, stare at the ground or distance himself with strangers. However, he has a comfort level with his closest family, his mom, brother and nephew, that has grown incredibly from where Lance started. "When Lance was a child and teenager he was afraid to go outside, didn't speak much, afraid of dogs, just afraid, " said Jean Rice-Watson (Lance's Mom). This progress is a topic the documentary will delve cover with insight from autism experts. We hope Lance's growth and development in the areas of communication and expressing emotion is an encourage to all in the autism community.