MARVELS OF MEDIA
Marvels of Media is an ongoing initiative that showcases, celebrates, and supports autistic media makers of all ages and skill sets. Throughout the year, autistic visitors will be given guidance and instruction and taught how to express themselves creatively and tell their stories through audiovisual storytelling techniques. For all ages and skill sets, these workshops will strengthen the socioemotional skills of autistic participants through puppetry for the screen, filmmaking, digital media, and animation activities.
The Marvels of Media Festival is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding media work of autistic media-makers through film screenings, in-depth panel discussions, and a month-long exhibition during Autism Acceptance Month. Young and emerging autistic media makers will also have a chance to learn from industry-level and independent filmmakers on the spectrum through panel discussions, professional development sessions, and media workshops. The 2024 Marvels of Media Festival and Exhibition will open on March 28, 2024. Call for submissions to the film festival and exhibition will be open soon.
Special thanks to this year’s Steering Committee of artists, spokespeople on the autism spectrum, and experts in the field who help to guide and produce this program:
Miranda Lee, arts administrator, consultant, and educator
Brian Canha, parent advocate
Justin Canha media artist
Lindsey Biel, occupational therapist and author
Maylin Pavletic, writer/comedian
Jackson Mark Tucker-Meyer, filmmaker and playwright
Yaara Kedem, film event producer, programmer, and accessibility consultant
Pat Schissel, New York Director of Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
Rosa Martínez, President and Founder of Strokes of Genius, Inc.
This year, the Museum has established the Marvels of Media Advisory Council featuring industry leaders including media executive William J. Abbott; executive producer Rich Battista; neurodiversity advocate Wendy Belzberg; President of Landmark College Peter Eden; media executive David Epstein; actor and director Tony Goldwyn; producer Brian Grazer; media entrepreneur John Hendricks; President of the Jim Henson Foundation Cheryl Henson; Executive Director of New York State Council on the Arts Mara Manus; media executive Judy McGrath; CEO of CableLabs Phil McKinney; actor Sue Ann Pien; media executive Josh Sapan; journalist Paula Zahn; media entrepreneur Strauss Zelnick; and director Tony Spiridakis.
Special thanks to our partners:
Pictured in slideshow at top:
Marvels of Media Exhibiting Artists Sophia Kyriacou and Vanessa Castañeda Gill playing a video game. (2023)
Museum visitors viewing videos in the Marvels of Media Exhibition. (2022)
Guests at the opening of the Marvels of Media Exhibition. (2023)
Post-screening panel discussion with moderator Miranda Lee and filmmakers Samara Huckvale, Cody Fordham, and Alba Garcia. (2023)
Post-screening panel discussion with Mary Rhymer, Carrie Hawks and Alba Garcia. (2023)
Participant in Puppetry Workshop with WonderSpark Puppets. (2023)