Neurodiverse Actors Sought for Autism-centric Short Film in Atlanta

Shenanigans-logo-rev2-smMy long-time friend, Sandy Bruce, founder of Shenanigans is very excited to be a part of this amazing project! It’s my honor to share it with you.

MOVIE MAGIC MEDIA PRODUCTIONS, in association with SHENANIGANS, is seeking actors and actresses with Autism and related conditions for their groundbreaking short film CIRCLES, to be filmed in Atlanta, GA in January 2015.

CIRCLES follows Ollie, a teen boy with Autism, through one day at school as his best friend Cam prepares to transfer away. As he navigates the varied crowd of both his peers and teachers, Ollie struggles to convey his true feelings about his friend’s imminent departure.

With realistic characters and a naturalist script, CIRCLES authentically showcases a day in the life of neurodiverse individuals, without any of the stereotypes and melodrama often highlighted in popular culture and cinema.

CIRCLES will feature both neurotypical and neurodiverse actors, cast appropriately in related roles. Upon completion, the finished film will be submitted to film festivals worldwide in anticipation of a feature-length project of similar subject matter.

In all, MOVIE MAGIC MEDIA PRODUCTIONS is seeking over 30 neurodiverse actors for both speaking and non-speaking. Interested actors must have appropriate expressive language for his or her potential role and be able to take verbal direction. Previous acting experience, whether on film or stage, is not necessary, but a willingness to experiment and be enthusiastic about the project is a must. Although compensation is not available, meals will be provided. All potential actors must be available for the following production dates (in 2015):

  • Rehearsals Wednesday, January 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Shoot Days (3) Saturday, January 17 – Monday, January 19 (MLK Weekend)

Auditions will be held by appointment only on Saturday, August 30, 2014 (12 – 4 pm) and Sunday, August 31 (11 am – 3 pm). Audition scenes will be provided in advance.

CIRCLES is written by Jesse Cramer, co-directed by Jesse Cramer and Micah Levin, produced by Mark Cramer, and executive produced by Leslie Cotton-Smith and Jesse Cramer.

Interested actors should send an inquiry to Please include the actor’s name, age, gender, relevant acting experience, and a recent headshot or photograph.


MOVIE MAGIC MEDIA is an award-winning, independent production company based out of Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2005 on the principles of new media and the ever-evolving entertainment industry, MMM explores new and innovative ways of storytelling in all its projects by blurring the lines between genre and format. MMM is a full service company that specializes in creating and delivering content for modern distribution models. Clients include Warner Bros Music, Nissan, Capital One, Happy Socks, Snapchat, Pantene, Herbal Essences, Vidal Sasson, Taco Bell, Starkist, and Maya Toys.


SHENANIGANS uses improvisational theatre to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum unveil the mysteries of social communication, develop more flexible thinking, adapt to change, and respond in context to people and situations. SHENANIGANS is a community-based program of Spectrum Arts, Inc., and is growing throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond. The program also partners with local schools, municipalities, and Autism-related organizations.

For a list of available characters and age ranges, click here (PDF download).

You can catch more of Sandy and me on Episode 2 of my Spirit of Autism Web TV Show this Wednesday, August 13 at 9:45 pm on American Hearts Radio!