April 12, 2023

Film Screens Locally For Autism Awareness

James Christy Jr.

LAC PRODUCTIONS presents the New Jersey premiere of Love and Communication, an award-winning new film about the personal cost of autism, on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street.

Written and directed by Princeton playwright James Christy Jr., Love and Communication follows the journey of parents desperate to find the right treatment for their son, only to find their efforts putting their marriage at risk. Love and Communication opened as a play at Passage Theatre in Trenton in 2010. The production won the Brown Martin Barrymore Award.

It was the response of parents of other children with special needs that convinced Christy to turn the play into a film. “So many parents told me they just had never seen a story that shows what it’s really like for parents,” he said. Word of mouth within the tight-knit autism community spread quickly and carried over to mainstream audiences, leading to sold out shows in the final week.

Featuring Lev Gorn (The Americans), the film version of Love and Communication has now screened at festivals throughout the world, winning an Audience Award and Indie Spirit award from a sold-out East Coast premiere at the New Hope Film Festival.

The Princeton screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and autism expert Dr. Kate Fiske. Christy and Fiske are launching a unique model to use the film as a teaching tool to help professionals in the autism field to better understand the personal impact autism has on families, and help them better serve those families. Fiske has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is the author of the book, Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings.

Christy is a playwright, novelist, and filmmaker based in Princeton. His solo show Not Right Now had sold-out runs in New York City and at Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia. His previous Philly Fringe show, A Great War, about a German-Jewish soldier in World War I, was nominated for Best New Play by the Barrymore Awards in 2016. His comedy about why people have children, The Forever Question, won the B-Street Comedy festival in 2019, and is being produced by Eagles Mere arts center in July 2023.

Visit loveandcommunication.com for more information.