"In a Different Key"
For more than 20 years, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker have worked on autism-related news stories and features for ABC News and NPR. They also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for their 2016 book, "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism." Both have relatives on the autism spectrum: Donvan's brother-in-law and Zucker's adult son, Mickey. Inspired by their book, Donvan and Zucker's documentary In a Different Key offers a deeply personal examination of how the attitude toward and the treatment of people on the autism spectrum has evolved since autism was first recognized in the late 1930s. Donvan and Zucker compare and contrast the life journeys of Zucker's son Mickey and 88-year-old Donald Gray Triplett, the first person diagnosed with autism. In the process, Donvan and Zucker explore the racial and economic factors that often prevent a person on the autism spectrum from living their best possible life. They also try to answer the question, What is autism? In a Different Key will screen during the Austin Film Festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin and 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hideout Theatre.
Posted: Oct. 23, 2021.