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AANE's Summer 2021 Virtual Conference: Autistic Representation in Television & Film

June 26, 1-4 PM ET

AUDIENCE: Adults and teens on the spectrum, parents of individuals on the spectrum, and professionals.

DESCRIPTION: From scriptwriting to casting and directing, creating authentic autistic characters for television & film is a collaborative process both on and off screen. Hear from actors and professionals in the industry about their experiences and what it takes to create authentic autistic representation for television & film.

This conference will be recorded and all registrants will have access to the recording from July 2nd - July 30th.

COST: $25 for AANE Members, $35 for non-AANE Members --  Contact to learn more about membership. AANE provides discounted and free admission upon request. Contact to inquire further.

REGISTRATION:  Registration is required.  After you have registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration which will include the instructions on how to access the conference.  Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder.

**Attendee advisory: The conference may include discussion of sensitive content in TV & film such as sexual situations, alcohol and drug use, language, and other mature topics.**

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Conference Agenda* - Eastern Time Zone

1:00 PM ET - Welcome Address

Janet Barbieri, MSW, LICSW, Director of Training & Education, AANE
Lillian Carrier, Actress, Founder, OurTism

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET - Panel

Moderator: Lillian Carrier, Actress, Founder, OurTism
Panelists: Cameron Dupuy, Silas Howard, SueAnn Pien

Hear from our panelists about their experiences in the industry and ask your questions!

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET - Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET - Jason Katims, Writer/Producer

Hear from Writer and Producer, Jason Katims, about his experience in the industry.

4:00 PM ET - Closing Statement
*This program is subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any changes.


Meet our Speakers!

Lillian Carrier, Actor, Autism Consultant, Founder of nonprofit, OurTism

Lillian Carrier is an autistic actress best known for her recurring guest star role in the Freeform show “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”. Lillian is proud to be breaking barriers as half of the first autistic, queer couple on television in addition to having her service dog, Luke, being the first real service dog actor on television. As a consultant on the show, Lillian was able to share her life experience and expertise and contribute to the show’s authenticity. Lillian, along with her sister, Chloe Estelle and her mom, Gail Carrier, founded OurTism. A nonprofit designed by autistics for autistics. Their mission is to listen, empower and validate autistic teens, adults and their parents. They have created a safe community where skills and tools are shared to build purposeful, meaningful, and harmonious lives.

Cameron Dupuy, Writer, Advocate

Cameron Dupuy is a film and TV writer based out of North Hollywood, California. While attending college at the University of New Orleans, Cam got his start in the industry as an intern in the production office of NCIS: New Orleans, where he made inroads that brought him to the west coast to join the NCIS: NOLA writers’ room. He quickly climbed the assistant ranks to staff writer, and ultimately wrote three episodes of the show – one of which centers around a character on the spectrum. Now, Cameron is writing as part of a team, focusing primarily on genre features in the horror/thriller/crime space that emphasize diversity and inclusion.

Silas Howard, Director

Silas Howard started in filmmaking with his first feature By Hook or By Crook (Sundance 2002), made with Harry Dodge. His credits include Pose, Dickinson, Transparent, This is Us, High Maintenance, Everything's Gonna Be Okay, and his most recent feature A Kid Like Jake (Sundance 2018). He was a founding member of the seminal queer punk band Tribe 8 and co-founder of San Francisco legendary cafe and performance space Red Dora's Bearded Lady.

Sue Ann Pien, Actress, Filmmaker, Space Enthusiast 

Sue Ann Pien identifies as an actually autistic actress who is currently starring in an Amazon Original series written by Jason Katims that’s a coming of age comedic drama about three roommates in their 20s that are on the spectrum. She enjoys rock climbing, space (the outer kind), and coming up with novel ways to protect Earth's biodiversity. Her filmmaking talents can be seen in the varied music videos she's created for her singer-songwriter wife Cynthia Catania through their production company Monolid Productions.

Jason Katims, Writer, Executive Producer

Jason Katims’s Amazon show titled “On the Spectrum” will be released later this year. Based on an award-winning Israeli series, the show is about three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum striving to get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them. Recently, he was an executive producer of “Away,” a Netflix series starring Hilary Swank, and the Fox series “Almost Family,” starring Brittany Snow and Timothy Hutton.

Prior to that, Katims was executive producer and showrunner of the critically acclaimed drama “Friday Night Lights,” for which he received numerous accolades, including the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, the Peabody Award, and Humanitas Prize. He also developed and served as executive producer and showrunner of the critically beloved drama “Parenthood,” which ended its six-season run in 2015, along with the comedy “About a Boy” on NBC. He created and served as showrunner on the NBC drama “Rise,” along with executive producing “The Path,” which aired for three seasons on Hulu. In addition, Katims created and executive produced “Pure Genius” on CBS. Other television credits include “My So-Called Life,” “Relativity,” “Roswell,” and “Boston Public.” His film credits include “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and “The Pallbearer,” starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow.