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First Published Saturday, 21 February 2009

Director's Chair

Reporter: Barclay Pollak
Email Address: bpollak@nbc15.com

Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2009 –10:10pm

Drew Goldsmith isn’t even a teenager yet.

He’s already directed and produced a few films.

He’s also developed a loyal following on You Tube.

What makes this more impressive is the fact that he’s autistic.

Like many directors he’s anxious to see how his film will be received.

He skips the afternoon press conference because he wants to be here.

In the theater.

With the people.

For 12-year old Drew Goldsmith this is his big debut in Wisconsin at the Beloit International film festival.

That’s his mom.

She’s there by her son’s side at every film festival.

She has to be.

Not only is her son a pre-teen he’s also autistic.

Morton Gernsbacher says, ” There are soccer moms and swimming moms and gymnastics moms and I am very lucky because I get to be a film festival mom.”

Autism is what inspired the Madison native to make this 10-minute short film “Treasure Diversity.”

Gernsbacher says, ” He wanted to tell the world how important it is to accept diversity.”

Goldsmith has gotten a lot more than acceptance at this year’s film festival.

” It’s perfect in its imperfections. “

Rod Beaudoin is the festival’s Executive Director.

He says Goldsmith’s movie moved him before he even knew his story.

After he found out Goldsmith had autism and was only 12 years old, it blew him away.

” There is a magic to this film that caused me to think differently about people and about life.”

This isn’t Goldsmith’s first film festival and judging by the response his film has gotten, it won’t be his last.

Goldsmith made what’s known as a “compilation documentary.”

In other words, it relies on footage that’s already been shot.

I asked Goldsmith’s mother how her son made the movie.

She says all he used was a laptop and the editing software that was already on it.

Source(Includes Video):   http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/39889412.html

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