WILMINGTON, North Carolina (WECT) – Drought, an independent film set in Wilmington that features an actor with autism who plays a character on the autism spectrum, debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 2, which is World Autism Day.
The crews shot the film in Wilmington in 2018.
Drought takes place in North Carolina in 1993, as the state experiences a historic drought. It follows the story of an autistic teenager who is fascinated by the weather and predicts that a storm will soon strike nearby. Her sister hatches a plan to help her chase the storm, stealing their mother’s ice cream truck to embark on a journey of family, forgiveness, and the pursuit of your dreams.
Filmmakers Hannah Black and Megan Petersen are the women behind the project.
The filmmakers starred in the film, alongside Wilmington brothers Owen Scheid, who has autism, and Drew Scheid.
âIt means a lot to us to have an authentic portrayal in the movie for someone who is on the autism spectrum and even an authentic portrayal of the south,â Peterson said. âSometimes we see stories from the south that are a bit cartoonish. So our heart is through and through this film to represent these stories in an authentic way. “
Black congratulated the film crews who worked on the project.
âWe are really lucky to have special people here who are so talented and work so hard and they deserve to be seen and celebrated,â she said.
The two filmmakers won a competition and the Duplass brothers Mark and Jay, Emmy-winning producers, directors, screenwriters and actors, signed on to produce the film.
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