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The city of West Hollywood is recognizing April as Autism Acceptance Month. Join the Disabilities, Transgender and Women’s Advisory Boards for a free special community screening of Spectrum Laboratory’s “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses” on Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The event celebrates the work of LGBTQ and neurodiverse filmmakers.
“Boys Don’t Wear Dresses” is a coming-of-age story about the struggles of an autistic transgender artist exploring new experiences, independence and love. It is based on “Cinderella” and incorporates live action scenes and animation. Directed and co-written by Jason Weissbrod. “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses” is an inclusive film experience created by and starring autistic, neuro-divergent, LGBTQ and multi-ethnic artists collaborating with entertainment professionals.
The story is inspired by the true experiences of Aloni Schorin, an autistic transgender individual who co-wrote, co-produced and appears in the film. The winner of 10 awards, the film stars Brandon Rodriguez, Spencer Harte, Liv Brazill, and Tom Kenny, and features Alexandra Billings and Carol Kane as narrators. A Q&A session will be held after the screening.
Founded in 2016, Spectrum Laboratory is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower young people with autism and special needs to create original works of film and music. For information, visit peclabs.org. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the film screening at Fiesta Hall. To RSVP, email rsvpBDWD@gmail.com. For information, visit weho.org.
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