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Beyond the Spectrum

A Family’s Year Confronting Autism
Audience Choice Award
Festival Inclús (Spain)
Official Selection
TRT International Documentary Days (Turkey)
Official Selection
Assim Vivemos - Brazil’s International Disability Film Festival
Official Selection
Autism Film Festival (Finland)
Official Selection
Azalea Film Festival (USA)

Autism is a broad spectrum and a courageous family faces difficult questions when their young child does not respond well to therapy. Essential viewing for parents and teachers of children with severe challenges.

Temple Grandin

Author, Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

Brilliant new documentary Beyond the Spectrum...is must-see TV. It’s impossible to turn away from Steve Suderman’s compelling family portrait.

Jim Bawden

TV Critic

This film is sure to touch your heart as you travel with this family on their emotional journey in wanting the best for their autistic son Oskar.

Laurie Mawlam

Executive Director, Autism Canada

Autism is a broad spectrum and a courageous family faces difficult questions when their young child does not respond well to therapy. Essential viewing for parents and teachers of children with severe challenges.

Temple Grandin

Author, Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

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The Story

When their two-year-old son, Oskar, is diagnosed with severe autism, Carly and Stef quit work and devote all their resources for one year to focus on his treatment. Leaping off their early success using diet and a variety of therapies on their older son, Teddy, the possibility of starting an early intense program with Oskar seems bound for success.

Oskar’s family bravely invite us into their home for an achingly honest, intimate look at their very personal challenges and to broaden our understanding of what it means to be a ‘normal’ family. As Carly and Stef juggle their busy family life, Oskar's many therapies, and care for their four other children, with every set-back they are forced to rethink their understanding of autism and understand Oskar’s perspective.

With the help of autism specialists and scientists such as Jackie McMillan (Thrive with Autism), Elizabeth J. Bell (Occupational Therapist) and Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe (Associate Professor, University of Guelph), Carly and Stef explore options for supporting Oskar. We also meet several adults with autism, including Dr. Temple Grandin, who share their personal experiences and help us gain insight into Oskar's world.

But Oskar proves to be very different from his brother and progress is slow and uncertain. The whole family is tested in ways they never expected, and they are forced to rethink everything. As the family strives to connect with Oskar, they confront a fundamental question: should they try to change him or accept him just the way he is? Directed by Steve Suderman, Beyond the Spectrum is a compelling family portrait, offering an honest exploration of neurodiversity.

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CBC Version - 58 mins 

Feature/DVD - 86 mins

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Distribution & Educational Sales

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Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution information (World, excluding North America) please contact JAVA Films.

Educational Sales:

To purchase this title for educational use, please visit our educational sales store.

Community Screenings:

Please visit our community screening guide. Various rates depending on size of audience.

Duration(s)

CBC Version - 58 mins 

Feature/DVD - 86 mins

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About The Team

Producer, Writer & Director
Steve Suderman

As a documentary director and producer, Steve has spent more than a decade immersing himself in the journeys of people going through life-altering experiences. This trajectory started with documenting his own family’s experience losing their farm on the Canadian prairie (Over Land premiered in 2008 at RIDM) and carried on into his feature documentary about five young people from urban backgrounds risking it all to become small-scale organic farmers (To Make A Farm, 2011). Premiering as one of the ten most popular Canadian films at Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm went on to win the Santa Cruz audience choice award as well as three Golden Sheaf awards including Best of Festival. In Beyond the Spectrum (2017), a family of six finds their world shaken by their two-year-old son’s autism diagnosis. Winner of the Audience Choice Award at Inclús, Barcelona International Disability Film Festival, the film was also accompanied by the creation of an app to help support families and individuals within the autism community.

MERIT MOTION PICTURES AND ORANGEVILLE ROAD PICTURES PRESENT “BEYOND THE SPECTRUM” 

DIRECTOR, CAMERA, AND WRITER STEVE SUDERMAN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TVO JANE JANKOVIC

EDITOR JACKIE DZUBA

ANIMATION JAMES KWAN, KONSTANTIN STESHENKO

PRODUCTION SERVICES FRANK DIGITAL

PRODUCED BY MERIT JENSEN CARR AND STEVE SUDERMAN

Released:
2017