If You Could Say it in Words: New Asperger's Movie (Interview)
Posted on Sunday, February 10 @ 10:34:31 EST by
Nicholas Grayís directorial debut, If you Could Say it in Words, is a feature film about Nelson Hodge, a young African American guy with Aspergerís living in Philidelphia. While there have recently been a plethora of films about individuals with Aspergerís, most have been documentaries, and none have featured a protagonist with Aspergerís who falls into a lower-income socioeconomic class.
Read on to listen to an interview with the director and lead actor. We also have exclusive video clips from the movie.
If you Could Say it in Words, stands out as a unique story of a man who belongs to an economic, racial, and a neurological minority. Due to the culture he grows up in, Nelson is never diagnosed with Aspergerís and the syndrome is never mentioned by name. However, it is clear from Nelsonís behaviors and quirks, that he would have been diagnosed with Aspergerís if he had grown up in a more advantaged family.
Nelson is played by Alvin Keith, who made his big screen debut in the critically acclaimed movie, Kinsey. His romantic interest, Sadie is played by Marin Ireland, an actress who was in The Manchurian Candidate and I am Legend.
I talked with director Nicholas Gray and actor Alvin Keith who visited me at my house in Virginia. We had so much fun talking that our conversation lasted hours. Consequently I will not be transcribing the interview and will instead be including the audio file which you can listen to near the top of this page.
Nicholas has provided us with some trailers of the film which have been embedded into this article for your viewing enjoyment.
Re: If You Could Say it in Words: New Asperger's Movie (Interview) (Score: 1) by Jacaen Thursday, September 11 @ 10:34:38 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
I like it. Nelson kind of reminds me of myself, maybe more so my father. I hope it gets released in south Florida, or at least on the internet. Seems like it'd be a good film for all my aspie family to see.
Re: If You Could Say it in Words: New Asperger's Movie (Interview) (Score: 1) by barbiedoll Thursday, September 11 @ 12:20:37 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
Hey, I wish it would be released in South Florida too. So little in intelligent film making seems to make its way down here.
I haven't watched the movie, but...
The character's name and circumstances are so similar to mine that the name Sadie hurts my feelings, as I view sadists (no offense to people actually named Sadie) to be the worst people on the planet.
No inference had better be drawn that people diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome secretly want to be harmed or tortured by sadists (as I was).
Re: If You Could Say it in Words: New Asperger's Movie (Interview) (Score: 1) by aspergersummer Sunday, October 02 @ 19:44:49 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
I watched the first half of it and regret to say that it is the first Asperger movie that didn't make sense. Granted, Nelson didn't immediately appear to have Asperger's, so it helps widen the possibilities for the uneducated public who might think AS is only a certain stereotype of symptoms. Sadie was inscrutable. I could not understand her speech, her gestures or her eye-contact...it was thoroughly foreign. (Can read NTs to some degree with practice, but this girl just didn't make sense in any way whatsoever, though she seemed like a nice character in the movie) Just don't feel there was enough conflict between the characters, or at least whatever plot that was going on was too faint for even my weak social understanding. It seemed the characters are speaking almost in poetry rather than realistic speech....I just could not read them at all, not even the guy with Asperger's! Though, this is probably my fault and not the fault of the movie. Was the movie trying too hard to be different or sophisticated? In most movies, there is a little small talk so that you are prepared for what the characters will say, or some "simple" communication to help prepare you for more complex interaction between characters. This movie was about as easy to understand as a Japanese movie without subtitles. Again, probably my fault and not the fault of the movie.....plan to watch the rest of it, maybe it will make more sense :)