This Business of Autism

Stephen Mackey | 2018 | 102 min | USA


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Documentary
Films with Q&A
NY Spotlight
Release Year:2018
Running Time:102 minutes
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Stephen Mackey
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Date Search:Sun. 11/11
Venue:Soundview - Port Washington
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A fascinating look at the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism - and specifically the success story that is Spectrum Designs, a custom screen-printing and embroidery business located in Port Washington, New York. 75% of Sepctrum's employees are on the autism spectrum. The film addresses the positive impacts of developing profitable businesses while leveraging the unique capabilities of adults with autism, at the crossroads of government programs, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and family.

PATRICK BARDSLEY, Co-Founder & CEO, Spectrum Designs
STELLA SPANAKOS, Co-Founder of Spectrum Design

STEPHEN MACKEY is a gifted storyteller, dynamic public speaker and Telly-award winning producer and director, with a wide range of experience in all facets of creative multimedia production. Engaged internationally as a presenter, wine composer, audio engineer and event producer, his work has taken him to six continents with entertainers such as Matchbox20, Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Ted Nugent, Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Tanya Tucker, Midnight Oil, and Julio Iglesias. From video production, scriptwriting, audio engineering, and production design, to software development, digital media product management, and executive technology and operations management, his wide range of experiences allow him to find the most unique elements of each story production.

Stephen is the co-founder—with wife Shannon—of Mesh Omnimedia, a creative agency with offices in Colorado Springs and Northern Virginia. He is also an internationally award-winning wine composer for Notaviva Vineyards, the world’s first winery to pair wine with music, also founded with wife Shannon. He has recently completed his first novel, “Dream. Build. Believe.” a memoir on the founding of their winery. He delights in family pursuits, enjoying any time he can find with their three young sons – from camping to music to sports to arts and crafts. Volunteering as a coach, cub scout den leader, lecturer, and community activist, his passion for creative media projects is surpassed only by his passion for his family and friends.

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