Those Who Spring of Me An independent Columbus Ohio AUtism Film

Those Who Spring of Me is an independent feature film about a young non-verbal man with autism, Will, and his girlfriend, Tatum, who also has autism. Will and Tatum met on the job, and Will communicates through supported typing on a voice output device. Will and Tatum announce to his parents that they want to conceive a child together—they also ask for permission and assistance when the child is born.

Those Spring of Me is a first time collaborative feature film project combining the writing talents of Audrey Todd with the filmmaker background of Nicolette and Matt Swift of Nicolettecinemagraphics. The film stars PJ Gilmore, Kelsea Cherry, Audrey Todd, and Scott Bogner. Danny Beane, Emily Gabrelcik, and Matt Yoho served as production assistants. The complete musical soundtrack includes selections of music from Columbus, Ohio musical group Bella Ruse.

Those Who Spring of Me is an independent Columbus, Ohio film that was produced utilizing nonprofessional cast and crew of various abilities and specifically on the autism spectrum. All cast and crew were paid above minimum wage for their participation on this production. We could not have made it this far without all the fabulous support, time, labor, and grants from the following entities: Greater Columbus Arts Council, VSA Ohio, Ohio Arts Council, Nicolettecinemagraphics, Food for Good Thought

And individuals such as: Kathy Borkowski, Angela Bogner, Libby Craig, Sheli Dyan, Helene Harte, George Henry, Cindy Gilmore, Mike and Teresa McCable, Olga McReady, Jill Medley, Tim and Mary Beth Moore, and Rebecca Morton.

Director Biography - Nicolette Swift, Matt Swift

Nikki and Matt Swift are Columbus, Ohio artists and filmmakers who produce works in almost every area of media production from digital installations to documentary, art, and narrative films. Together they own and operate Nicolettecinemagraphics, an art-based media production company that provides services to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and the general Columbus, Ohio community. They both individually received a GCAC Media Arts Fellowship in 2014 for their work in moving-image art. Prior to their first feature documentary Film Columbus and Cuba and first feature narrative film Those Who Spring of Me, Nikki and Matt Swift have produced several dozen short films works crossing narrative, documentary, and experimental genres.

Screenwriter Biography - Audrey Todd

Dr. Audrey Todd obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2003. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Rutgers University in 1997, and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1994. In addition to maintaining a private psychology practice in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Todd is the founder and Executive Director of Food for Good Thought, an organization offering a highly customized suite of job services, often finding its clients positions in the community. Food for Good Thought is internationally accredited as a Community Employment Services provider through CARF (the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities).

Dr. Todd is particularly interested in galvanizing persons on the autism spectrum to create innovative employment opportunities for themselves. In 2016, Food for Good Thought was awarded Social Enterprise of the Year through the Center of Social Enterprise Development in Columbus, Ohio. She has obtained multiple grants to further the careers of persons across the autism spectrum in concert with generous organizations such as Autism Speaks, The Columbus Foundation, Puffin West Foundation, the Harry C. Moores Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She resides in Columbus with her husband and two children (one of whom is on the autism spectrum), and enjoys hiking, writing, film, and beekeeping.

Above the Line Credits and Primary Cast

Directors - Nikki and Matt Swift

Writer and Producer - Audrey Todd

Producer - Nicolettecinemagraphics, Food for Good Thought 

Cast - PJ Gilmore Key Cast “Will”, Kelsea Cherry Key Cast “Tatum”, Audrey Todd Key Cast “Sybil”, Scott Bogner Key Cast "Peter"

Film Specifications

Project Type: Feature

Genres: Disability, Romance, Melodrama, Social Issues

Runtime:1 hour 50 minutes

Completion Date: September 30, 2020

Production Budget:14,000 USD

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color: Color

Contact for Screenings and Other Inquires

Those Who Spring of Me is an independent film produced by Nicolettecinemagraphics. For general inquiries about the production, availability for screenings, educational use of the film and more, please visit their website's contact page.