A modern day fairytale about the struggles of being an autistic transgender individual exploring friendship and love. A truly inclusive film experience created by and starring autistic, neuro-divergent, LGBTQ, and multi-ethnic artists collaborating with entertainment professionals. This story is inspired by the true life experiences of an autistic transgender individual who co-wrote, co-produced and appears in the film.
Produced by Spectrum Laboratory a non profit that creates original works of film, music and animation with autistic and neuro-divergent artists.
Story inspired by Aloni Schorin
Script written by Aloni Schorin & Jason Weissbrod
Directed by Jason Weissbrod
A Message from the Director,
This inclusive film was created by neuro-divergent, LGBTQ, and multi-ethnic artists in collaboration with entertainment professionals. Produced by Spectrum Laboratory, a non-profit arts organization that helps autistic and neuro-divergent artists create original works of film, music and animation. (www.speclabs.org)
I want let you in a bit on how this film was created. A young student I mentor at Spectrum Laboratory, who I have known for almost 15 years now, approached me and wanted to create a film. A story about what it’s like being autistic and gay. Through the process of writing this script, Steven, came out to his friends and family. He told us all that writing this story made him feel confident and more willing to be his true self. Then later in the same year Steven confided in me that he wanted to be a woman, named Aloni. Our script and story then underwent a transitional journey, like Steven to Aloni, and became a film about an autistic transgender individual.
There are many neuro-divergent individuals out there who have trouble with their sexual identity. It is not talked about. It makes many feel uncomfortable and not sure what to do. Aloni and I made this film as a modern day fairytale to help others who are going through similar struggles, as Aloni did and still is, to feel accepted and part of a community. This “PG” approach to a serious and sometimes controversial subject can be a family friendly way of introducing anyone who is on a similar journey, whether it be the individual or a parent, relative, co-worker, etc; making it accessible to all.
We hope you will consider supporting and donating to “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses” to help get our special magical film to as many film festivals as possible. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the film to Jason at [email redacted]
Best Wishes and Happily Ever After,
WATCH "MY HEART IS IN A BOX" the short poetic piece that inspired "Boys Don't Wear Dresses."
to learn more about Spectrum Laboratory please visit
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