Written and directed by Alonso Mayo, The Story of Luke is certainly not the only film to feature an autistic character. However, unlike many previous examples, Luke (Lou Taylor Pucci) is neither hopeless, helpless, noncommunicative, nor a savant.
It was supposed to be a documentary about the dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. But the material he was reading about the pollution of the bay was too scary. So director Barry Levinson made a horror movie instead: The Bay.
I think everyone on the planet can be described as medium-functioning, meaning we are all high-functioning in certain areas, but low-functioning in others. So what does it mean when its applied to people with autism?
Every family has a story. In Tom Murray's documentary, Dad's in Heaven With Nixon, narrative threads are woven together to create impressions and nuances. Patterns are revealed, facts emerge, truths are laid bare.