Kangaroo Island filmmaker Isaac Doman's film The Art of Autism is nominated for the student category in the recent South Australian Screen Awards.
The SASAs celebrate and promote the best screen works of the South Australian screen industry. The awards are open to professional and emerging screen practitioners.
The 2021 Red Carpet Awards are being held at the Mercury Cinema tonight on Friday, Dec. 3.
Isaac's documentary titled "The Art of Autism", which explores the world of Michael Need, a friend he met at his acting group.
The documentary was originally made as part of Isaac's course work at the Media Arts Production Skills(MAPS) film school in Adelaide.
It was re-edited for the 2021 Focus on Ability film contest.
"I feel jubilant, elated, honoured and humble to have my short doco nominated," Isaac said about the SASA nomination.
"I would like to express my gratitude to the MAPS community and the crew involved for making this come to life."
That crew included cinematographer Brode Foscaro, first assistant director Jai Ruciak, sound recordist Alice Yang, with music composed by Brodie Muggeridge.
"I would also like to express my appreciation to Michael Need and his parents for allowing us to film them for the documentary. I honestly cannot stress enough that we would not have been able to make this film without them.
"Moreover, I would like to give a massive thank you to Lotte Sweeney and Kath Mcintyre for supporting me during the production.
Additionally, I would like to give a massive congratulations to everyone else whose films has been nominated for the 2021 SASAs."
Isaac meanwhile is still dividing his time between Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.
He finished up at MAPS last year and is now still making films and developing a number of projects.
He is also a member of the Company AT theatre group in Adelaide and is always searching for work in the film industry.
Company AT is an all-autistic theatre ensemble that produces original work informed by the experience of autism, and it's where Isaac and Michael met.
Like his subject Michael in his latest film, Isaac too is having to overcome prejudice against disability to find meaningful work.
"I also have to overcome my anxieties and mental issues as well," he said.
The Art of Autism synopsis
A young individual diagnosed with autism, Michael has his own talents and sees the world in a different light.
Unfortunately, society is a 'social world' which can make life difficult for people diagnosed with Autism to understand the social norms and how to fit in.
This film explores the world of Michael and his artistic creations and aspirations.
All he wants is to be accepted by the wider community and for his artistic abilities to be acknowledged.
He hopes his remarkable dedication and skill set will ultimately land him a career.
But what changes can we all make, for real inclusion and acceptance to be truly felt by the autism community?