AANE’s Summer 2021 Virtual Conference Details

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The virtual conference was on June 26, but you may purchase access to view the recording until July 30th. Please note, we are not able to grant extensions.

COST: $25 for AANE Members, $35 for non-AANE Members

Contact fundraising@aane.org to learn more about membership. AANE provides discounted and free admission upon request. Contact events@aane.org to inquire further.

**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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Hear from this star-studded lineup of actors and professionals in the industry as they discussed what it takes to create authentic autistic representation in TV and film.


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

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

  • Lillian Carrier, (moderator) OurTism founder, autistic actor from the Freeform show Everything's Gonna Be Okay
  • Cameron Dupuy, writer NCIS:NOLA
  • Silas Howard, filmmaker Transparent, This is Us, High Maintenance, Everything's Gonna Be Okay
  • Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, father of an adult son on the spectrum and actor from NCIS: NOLA and Fear the Walking Dead
  • Desmin Mitchell, adult on the spectrum, set production and cast assistant NCIS: NOLA
  • Sue Ann Pien, autistic actor from the new untitled autism comedy-drama series based on Israeli's series On the Spectrum 
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET - Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET - Jason Katims, Writer/Producer

Jason Katims, father of an adult son on the spectrum and executive producer and writer of NBC's hit Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and the writer of the new untitled autism comedy-drama series based on Israeli's series On the Spectrum for Amazon Prime Video.

4:00 PM ET - Closing Statement

Learn More About 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's legendary cafe and performance space Red Dora's Bearded Lady.

Jason Katims, Writer, Executive Producer

Jason Katims is the writer of the new untitled autism comedy-drama series for Amazon Prime Video which will be released later this year. Based on an award-winning Israeli series On The Spectrum, 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.

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Actor, Music Supervisor, Producer, Philanthropist

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell first came to public attention as a member of the three-man rap group Groove B. The Hudlin Brothers, who directed one of the group’s videos, cast the group in the feature film “House Party” in 1990, where Mitchell had the opportunity to work alongside Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, and other prominent actors.  He followed “House Party” with appearances in the feature films “Boomerang,” “HouseParty 2,” “Sgt. Bilko” and “Home Fries.” His more recent films include “The InsideMan” opposite Denzel Washington, “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Lucky Numbers,” “Black Night” and “The Country Bears”.

In November 2001, Mitchell was sidelined by a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down; however, it never halted his forward momentum. Once he was in control of his wheelchair, Mitchell went back to work. On television, Mitchell was a series regular on “The John Larroquette Show” and“Veronica’s Closet,” and appeared on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Law and Order,” "The Cosby Show,” “Here and Now,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “I’m With Stupid.” Additionally, Mitchell made guest appearances on “Desperate Housewives,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “The Game,” “The Cleveland Show” and “See Dad Run. In 2010 Daryl won an NAACP Image Award for his role on Fox’s Brothers tv show. Currently, he is on NCIS New Orleans and Fear the Walking Dead.

Desmin Mitchell, Set Production Assitant (PA), Cast Assistant

Desmin has been working on the show, NCIS: NOLA for 6 years as a Set PA. Desmin was diagnosed with autism in 2nd grade. Desmin was a background for one season, then helped them during Season Three as an additional PA. Desmin worked so hard as a set PA in New Orleans for a long time. Even with autism, Desmin kept on going to be the best PA.

Sue Ann Pien, Actor, 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.